Governor Rochas Okorocha Disgraced at CHATHAM HOUSE LONDON by IPOB
He Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governor Of Imo State, was at Chatham House, London to deliver a lecture on ‘Nigeria was Nigeria’s Human Capital and State Education Initiatives: the View from Imo State’ on 9 Mar 2016 – 12:30 to 13:30.
But the programme was disrupted as members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, London Chapter heckled the governor as he was delivering his speech.
Teachers in Imo State are currently on strike because they have not been paid for the past nine months,
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 arrested three top officials of Imo State government for allegedly diverting N2billion bailout fund given to the state by the Federal Government for payment of salary arrears of the state’s civil servants.
In an email received by elombah.com, Chatham House sated the lecture was part of their ‘Africa Programme, Economic Growth and Investment, Nigeria Project’
“Overview: Imo State, in Nigeria’s south east, provides free education, including at university level. The state’s human capital development initiatives are however hampered by a number of economic and social challenges including high levels of debt and low productivity in the agricultural sector, upon which most residents rely.
“At this meeting, Governor of Imo State, HE Owelle Rochas Okorocha, will discuss the importance of developing Nigeria’s human capital and how this might be done, as well as his administration’s strategies for addressing social challenges and the role external partners can constructively play in assisting Nigeria in human capital development. “
Okorocha’s aides arrested by the EFCC are: Obi Paschal Chigozie, Principal Secretary to the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; Uzoho Casmir, Director of Finance and Iheoma Kenneth, Treasurer.
Their arrest followed an investigation into the alleged diversion of the said money which revealed that the cashier had made cash withdrawal of N456.532 million between September 3, 2015 and October 10, 2015 from the Government House account domiciled in Zenith Bank.
However, it was revealed that the said amount was given to an aide of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, following approval and directive by the Principal Secretary to the Governor.