Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has again said that his administration has never borrowed money from any bank within or outside the country.
In a statement on Wednesday by his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor challenged any bank with contrary opinion to make it public within seven days.
Okorocha was responding to fresh allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that his administration had plunged the state into debts and that workers were being owed salaries.
Okorocha said: “We have come up with this position because the PDP is synonymous with falsehood and propaganda.
“And even as a party, if they know any bank the government of Rochas Okorocha has borrowed one naira from, they should mention such bank and state the particulars of the transaction so that interested persons can verify or forever, they should keep their mouths shut.
“And that is the reason we are now stating openly that the Rescue Mission administration which Owelle Okorocha has superintended for almost eight years now has not borrowed money from any bank.”
He continued: “We also want to state that Imo State Government has paid workers’ Salary up to the month of February 2019, and the payment of the month of March Salary is about to commence.
“In other words, the State Government is not owing any outstanding salary. Again, the government of Governor Okorocha is not owing any contractor. And if any contractor has any claim in the contrary he or she should immediately go to the Office of the Secretary to the government of Imo State with the relevant papers before May 29, 2019.
“It is also on record that the administration has run free education since 2011 from Primary to tertiary and no child pays one kobo as tuition fee while the government also repurchased state owned companies sold by the previous administrations including the Resin Paint Industry Mbaise.”