Imo Lawmakers Shun Okorocha’s 2018 Budget Presentation
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 was a day scheduled for the 2018 budget presentation in Imo State, with the event billed to commence by 10am local time.
But the hallow chambers of the Imo state House of Assembly was empty at a time they were supposed to be talking about the economy of the state.
Lawmakers from the 27 Local Government area of the state were no where to be seen in what appears to be a boycott of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s 2018 Budget presentation ceremony.
Bounce News correspondent placed a call to a high-ranking lawmaker in the Imo state house of assembly who pleaded anonymity and gave reasons why the 27 lawmakers boycotted the Governor’s proposed 2018 Budget presentation.
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“My brother we are tired of promises upon promises and excuses, can you imagine that for over four years all the constituency projects in the yearly budget for lawmakers have never been executed because the executive have failed to finance these projects as they keep giving excuses.
“Secondly, we just heard the Governor is coming to present a budget none of us had any input in, besides all our entitlements and allowances have been denied by the executive including the housing scheme, the Executive promised to also finance a training programme for lawmakers abroad which is supposed to be a yearly affair, but none has been fulfilled, so we think this is the right time to pay the governor back in his own coin,” the lawmaker said.
At about 9:30am, indigenes of the state, house of assembly workers, political appointees, well-wishers as well as newsmen in their numbers were gathered at the Imo state house assembly complex along Port Harcourt road to witness the yearly budget presentation but left disappointed.
The state government later released a statement through the Chief Press Secretary Sam Onwuemodo that it regretted to announce the indefinite postponement of the budget presentation owing to “disturbing discrepancies discovered in the budget”.
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