BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
Owerri—Minister of External Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri, has challenged Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, to fully account for all the monies from the federation account that accrued to the state for nearly three years.
Professor Onwuliri, who threw the challenge while fielding questions from journalists in Owerri, was particularly irked that the look of the 27 local government areas was not commensurate with the volume of money allocated to the local councils for nearly three years.
Onwuliri said: “What we have on ground in the local government areas of the state is not commensurate with the huge funds so far collected from the federation account for nearly three years.”
She also accused the state government of misapplying or misappropriating the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, Sure-P, fund allocated to the state.
The Minister sought to know where the allocations accruing to the 27 local councils, totaling over N40 billion, as well as the excess crude funds were channeled into.
“The Federal Government has received complaints from victims of the recent flood disaster that the intervention fund it released to the state was diverted,” she said.
While noting that the state government had a lot to account for, the minister, however, said the Federal Government was waiting for Governor Okorocha’s explanations.
Professor Onwuliri said Okorocha had been collecting local government allocations and disbursing it the way he wished.
She said: “The Federal Government would soon compel the governor to account for the funds he collected from the federation account.”