Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has advised journalists to stop making themselves attack tools in the hands of desperate politicians.
Addressing journalists during an interactive session last Monday, the governor, who expressed dismay over the attitude of some journalists who align with opposition politicians to malign his person and office, noted that journalists who fight for politicians end up becoming scapegoats.
Adding that top political actors find it easy to reconcile and forge ahead, Okorocha said journalists who allow themselves to be used usually bear the brunt of the rivalry because of the animosity they have created while fighting for one side against the other.
The Imo helmsman, who recalled how he approached Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief Emeka Ihedioha and several chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to persuade them to join the All Progressives Congress, APC, before the general elections and they rebuffed him, said no journalist would be part of the meeting or considered when warring politicians reconcile.
Speaking on the controversial concessioning of health facilities, the governor reaffirmed his administration’s determination to go on with the programme whether or not the organised labour accepts it.
He condemned the argument that health is not profit-oriented, saying “health is a big business and should be properly harnessed. It is wrong to say health is not a business. If our hospitals are working optimally, they will attract patronage from people from all parts of the country and beyond. That is health tourism and the visitors will sleep in hotels and patronise pharmacy in the state,” he insisted.
He denied owing workers as was being insinuated in certain quarters, disclosing that salaries of staff of the state judiciary, House of Assembly and health workers are lying in their bank accounts because they refused to pick them unless government accepts their condition.
Expressing dismay over the intransigence of workers and the organised labour, the governor regretted that they are not adaptive to changes in the system, pointing out that 99 percent of them are not computer literate despite several training programmes.


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