Anthony J. V. Obinna, the Catholic archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, has challenged Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha to publish the state account to show the situation the state is in. He made the statement during a sermon at Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri, where he touched on workers salaries and retirees pensions owed by the state government.
“Lack of salary creates room for murmuring. It is necessary that parents receive their salaries and pensions to take care of themselves and their families. When parents do not provide for their families, it will lead to murmuring”he stated.
“If there is money, why is it not being used to pay workers and pensioners? If there is no money, it is important to let people know. Lack of accountability and transparency could lead to murmuring”, Archbishop Obinna said.
“Publish the account so that everybody will know that there is no money. But as long as Nigeria is considered a rich country, as long as oil is still flowing, everybody is looking up to see when the oil money will get to the state”, Obinna said.