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Gov. Rochas Denies Buying New Private Jet

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Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, denied the allegation of protesting workers that he used state funds to acquire new private jets, while civil servants were owed backlog of salaries.

He said the private jets were acquired before he was elected Governor in 2011. Recall that the organized labour on Tuesday, literarily shut down the state in protest over the inability of the state government to clear the over three months salary arrears owed to civil servants in the state.

The workers had demanded that Governor Okorocha should sell off the alleged private jets immediately and use the proceeds to pay their salaries.

However, in statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr .Sam Onwuemeodo, the state government stated that there was no truth in the allegation of the workers that Governor Okorocha used state funds to acquire private jets.

It stated that the private jets were acquired long before Okorocha became governor of the state in 2011.

The statement which read in part said “ The Imo State government has read with dismay reports in the media quoting workers in the State to have claimed that the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha had bought private Jets and should sell them and use the money to pay them their salaries. Even before the media reports, such falsehood had been the stock in trade, in some quarters in the State.

“Therefore, as a government, we want to deny with high sense of honesty that since May 29, 2011, when Owelle Rochas Okorocha became governor, he has never bought any private Jet either directly or through any proxy. And having now made this denial, let those behind the allegation make their facts public to fault our denial.”

The government stated that Owelle Okorocha bought jets years before he became governor, “during the Olusegun Obasanjo regime when some of the Presidential Jets were auctioned”, adding that he has never bought any private jet since the became governor.