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ISOPADEC boss dismisses allegation of receiving, mismanaging N70b

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
29 August 2022   |   2:46 am
Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC), Chief Charles Orie, has dismissed allegation that the commission received N70 billion from oil taxes recently and mismanaged it.

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•State embarks on primary healthcare, rural access, upgrade devt policy

Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC), Chief Charles Orie, has dismissed allegation that the commission received N70 billion from oil taxes recently and mismanaged it.

This was contained in a statement at the weekend, signed by his media aide, Damian Oparah. A group had recently accused the commission of receiving such money without commensurate injection to the oil-bearing communities in the state, demanding 50 per cent share, as a result.

However, a statement issued by the commission urged the public to ignore the demand made by the group that Orie should be sacked, disclosing that the commission had executed about 46, both ongoing and completed, projects in oil-bearing communities in two local councils -Ohaji /Egbema and Oguta. It also noted that about 20 electricity transformers were distributed recently to communities in the two councils.

On the alleged mismanaged N70 billion, the ISOPADEC boss said: “For the fake N70 billion tax story, from fake sources, nobody believes such story. Every reasonable Nigerian knows sources where they can obtain government financial data.”

IN a different development, the state government said it is pursuing the rural access development programme with the commencement of construction, renovation and upgrading of 305 primary healthcare centres across 27 local councils of the state.

The Special Adviser to the Imo governor on Public Enlightenment, Prince Eze Ugochukwu, disclosed this in a statement at the weekend.
The statement reads: “Access to healthcare is a priority for Governor Hope Uzodimma. Soon, healthcare services will become available and obtainable in a timely manner across Imo.”

“The state government has continued to construct, renovate and upgrade more health facilities in local councils of Imo. “The ongoing construction, renovation and upgrading of health centres in the 305 wards in Imo is a pointer that Uzodimma remains committed to the promotion of strategies and programmes that address diseases affecting people in rural communities across the state.”

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