Special Assistant to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Electronic Media, Dr. Ebere Nzeworji, has revealed the cost of each of the statues of some African leaders erected in the state capital, Owerri. According to him, each of statues cost between N400,000 and N500,000. Rochas Okorocha’s aide.
The Governor’s aide spoke in an interview with Peoples’ Voice at Darlying FM in Owerri, while reacting to reports that N520 million was spent on each.
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Here’s what the official said: “It was not true that millions were spent on erecting statue.”
He, however, disclosed that government had taken delivery of new equipment for its Specialist Hospital and that 21 doctors were currently in the facility to deliver healthcare service to residents.
According to him, out of the 27 hospitals built, five had been handed over to the military as specialist health institutions.
Nzeworji added that the state government had also instituted ‘Imo Rural Roads Mobilization Project’ to handle 27 roads in the 27 local councils by December.
Recall that Governor Okorocha came under bashing from concerned Nigerians after he built a huge statue of South African President, Jacob Zuma in Imo State. The South African president was in the state to sign a memorandum of understanding, MoU between the Jacob Zuma Educational foundation and the Rochas Foundation college of Africa.
But the Governor revealed the exact reasons behind his decisions. According to him, he built the structure to encourage business relationships with South-Africa and attract foreign investments for the state. He also took a swipe at his critics particularly the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, adding that the party did not build the image of the state when it had the reins of power. He categorically stated that he owes no one any explanation for his actions.