- Dr Ebere Nzeworji, special assistant to Governor Rochas Okorocha, has disclosed how much was actually spent to erect the statues of African leaders in the state capital
- Nzeworji stated that contrary to rumours that N520 million was spent on each statue, they actually cost between N400,000 and N500,000
- The governor’s aide also disclosed that the state government was aggressively pursuing infrastructural development in healthcare and road rehabilitation
The special assistant on electronic media to the Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha, Dr Ebere Nzeworji, has disclosed how much the recently erected statues of some African leaders actually cost.
The controversial statues were erected in Owerri, the state capital.
According to reports, Nzeworji made his comments during a radio interview session, in reaction to reports that the sum of N520 million was spent on each statue.
NAIJ.com gathers that the governor’s aide, however, stated that the statues actually cost between N400,000 and N500,000.
He stated: “It is not true that millions were spent on erecting statues.”
The governor’s aide further disclosed that the state government had taken delivery of new equipment for its specialist hospital.
Also, he said 21 doctors were currently in the facility to deliver healthcare services to residents.
He also revealed that the ‘Imo Rural Roads Mobilization Project’ had been instituted by the government to handle 27 roads in the 27 local councils by December.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo, said that he was ready to be probed over the statues he erected in honour of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had called for the probe of Okorocha over the statues.
According to the group, the governor may have spent over N1 billion of public funds to erect them.
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