Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo state, has met with President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking his intervention in the refund of over N32 billion his predecessors reportedly spent on federal roads in the state.
Uzodinma who met with President Buhari on Thursday, February 20, disclosed that Imo state is in “financial distress”.
The governor added that the funds, if released, will assist in clearing both salary and pension arrears.
According to him, “In Imo, we do not know again which one is federal road or state-owned. We do every road like the Akokwa/Orlu road which we have fixed and dualised. Owerri/Port-Harcourt road is so bad. There must be cooperation between the federal government and stakeholders on these roads.”
In a related development, Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, approved the payment of N30,000 minimum wage for workers in the state.
Recall that the Supreme Court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha and declared Uzodinma as authentic governor of the state.
Oguwike Nwachuku, the chief press secretary and media adviser to Governor Uzodinma, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, February 6. He explained that civil servants captured were those on the grade level 1 step 1.
Nwachuku said: “Consequential adjustments on other levels will be implemented as soon as the ongoing government-labour negotiations are concluded.
“It would be recalled that at a recent meeting Governor Uzodinma had with labour leaders in the state, he promised that he will pay the N30,000 minimum wage if all the negotiations with them are concluded.”