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[FILE PHOTO] Owerri, Imo state

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said his administration was open to constructive criticisms from all quarters.

He made the disclosure while receiving the Federal Commissioner, representing Imo State in the Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Willie Amadi, at the Government House, Owerri.

According the governor, his administration would always take exception to politically motivated criticisms, because such would not help to move the state forward.
Okorocha reminded his visitor that the commission must not lose sight of the trouble that Nigeria had found herself, which he called “Elestic Freedom.”

He said the people were abusing it by using access to the internet and social media to castigate and feed people with falsehood.

He said: “The worst part of it now is that it is no longer an attack on governments, but on individuals. People are defaming others on daily basis, because they have access to phones, they can touch a few buttons and send out the wrong messages, and completely misinform members of the public.

“For the very reason that the commission works to ensure checks and balances between the employee and the employers of labour, let it be known to you that Imo State government has paid salaries of November in the first week of the month.

He said the policy contravenes the entire law of nature, which says, “you must work before you get paid, but in this case, they get paid before they work. And that is a great innovation and all to ensure that we alleviate the sufferings of the ordinary citizens in the state.”

The governor disclosed that the state government had set aside N5 billion to pay pensions among other infrastructure provided, stressing.

“I also want to inform that this is the only state as far as I can tell, that has built headquarters for the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), to bring about synergy between labour and government.

The governor added that they have also built complexes for the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to make sure that institutions work.

Amadi said they were on the visit to interface with the government on forming synergy, disclosing that the commission functions as an “alternative dispute resolution.”


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