The Imo state government says the assertion that it spent five hundred thousand naira each on the statues erected by the Rochas Okorocha led administration is untrue.
Reacting to a news item run by popular tabloid GuardianNg, quoting the governor’s special assistant on electronic media, Dr Ebere Nzewuji to have said that erecting each of the statues cost between four hundred and fifty thousand naira and five hundred thousand naira was unfounded.
Read full text of Nzewuji’s rejoinder below:
Rejoinder: Guardian Ng and All News Editors – N400,000 and N 500,000 spent on Statutes in Imo Statutes.
My attention has been drawn to news report on Guardian Ng dated Nov. 23rd 2017 on my Darling FM interview quoting my humble self as saying that His Excellency the Governor of Imo state approved between N450,000 and N500,000 each on statues in Imo as opposed to N520m each.
This is taking out of context as i never said that. What I said was that most times opposition politicians could exaggerate projects of N450k to N500k to say they cost millions.
This wasn’t a direct reference to the statutes. Also I never said that 27 roads have been earmarked, I said many rural roads in the 27 local government areas have been earmarked for rehabilitation.
Please note that my surname is not Nzeworji but Nzewuji. Please note the above statements for clarification in your various publications.
Regards, Dr Ebere Nzewuji Special Assistant to the Governor of Imo State on Electronic Media