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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has declared that his administration is determined to continue to pursue programmes that would promote people’s welfare.
He called on those who see selfishness as part of government to think twice or have themselves to blame.
Uzodimma said: ‘Leadership is service and once you are able to serve well, whether now or later, people will appreciate you.’
He spoke at the birthday thanksgiving mass in honour of Sir Jude Ejiogu, a former secretary to Imo State Government, held at Immaculate Conception Parish, Emekuku in Owerri North Local Government.
Uzodimma urged Owerri people, especially those from Emekuku, to take the interest of the state far above their selfish interest.
He advised civil servants complaining that they had not been receiving salary, to find out whether they fell within the category of those who were receiving double salaries for more than 10 to 15 years, ‘because everything about payment of salary and pension has been automated.’
“The system we are operating now will not have any room to discriminate because the system does not know you, your face or where you come from,” he said, adding that arrangements were in place to solve the challenges a few genuine ones might be having.
The governor warned those who had been blackmailing the government on allegation of not being paid their salaries to desist and say the truth or else government would be forced to publish their names and their crime against the state.
He said: “Over 925 people have one discrepancy or another which stems from sharp practices.”
Uzodimma thanked the priests for appreciating the things his government had done so far.
“It is not good to be worshiping God in an uncompleted building while we are living in completed houses, well furnished,” he said.
To assist the parish in the completion of the church building so that it will be dedicated before the end of his second tenure, Governor Uzodimma donated N30million to the project.
Sir Ejiogu thanked the governor and all that came to celebrate with him. He commended his Emekuku community for always supporting him and what he believed in.