By Nma Nkaulo
With the Recent visit of the South African President, Jacob Zuma to the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha in which an MoU was signed with the Rochas Foundation, Nigerians have been left to wonder if Rochas Okorocha is presently governing the State or his foundation.
It’s common knowledge that Nigerians are going through a lot of issues, most of which are clear even to the blind and very loud to the deaf. Where does one start to talk about the numerous issues bedeviling the citizens of the country. There are severe cases of unemployment, non-payment of salaries, malnutrition, conflicts from dissatisfied groups and several protests, all calling for a better living standard for the masses and people of this nation.
In all these glaring issues, some politicians have decided to look the other way. They live in stinking affluence while their electorates, those who voted them into office, those who entrusted their lives and futures into their hands, those who placed a lot of hope in them are left to wallow in abject poverty.
Following the case of Rochas Owelle Okorocha, a sitting Governor of Imo state who is running his foundation(Rochas Foundation) even while in office, one is forced to ask if he is really doing his Job as a governor or merely occupying the seat to run his private business.
Recently he was visited by the South African President, Jacob Zuma and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rochas Foundation (A private business of the governor) what do you make of that?
Rochas took to his twitter handle @GovernorRochas on Monday to express his excitement over the MoU where he wrote, “Thank You @SAPresident for Visiting my State and signing an MoU with Rochas Foundation to help send Helpless African Children back to school”.
One begin to wonder how this MoU will trickle down to the ordinary Imolite and how this will help send the children of the poor in the state to school.
A striking question I have been meaning to ask, Is Rochas foundation really for the poor? Is it really for the helpless African Child? Why won’t Rochas start with helping the helpless Imo Children by paying the salaries of their parents so they can even fend for their home?
Another mind-boggling issue is the bronze statue of President Jacob Zuma unveiled in the state.
A road was also named after President Zuma as part of the honour by the Imo State Governor. What really is the significance of these to the Imo people? Do I smell misplaced priority?
Most Nigerians are of the opinion that Governor Rochas should tackle the issues at home before honouring a foreigner.
Following reactions from the tweet, one could perceive the great pain and disappointment in the tone of the writers, most of whom are from Imo State.
Excerpts from the tweets reads;
Chris @chrisamaechi Replying to @GovernorRochas @SAPresident and 6 others. Your mandate is to govern Imo State, not to use her resources to run or promote the activities of your charity. This is corruption.
E.J Alozie-Nwagboso @Enwagboso. Replying to @GovernorRochas @SAPresident and 6 others. I think it is ethically wrong, Mr Governor, to use your office to advance your personal interests.
Victor Edeh @kaspervic. Replying to @GovernorRochas @SAPresident and 6 others. At the expense of the imo people; a huge sum well above half a billion,you invited @SApresident to sign mou with rochas foundation?
BABY BOY T.I.G 🇳🇬 @IamDreal_TIG. Replying to @GovernorRochas @SAPresident and 6 others. A sitting Governor. Runs a personal foundation. Signed MOU for his foundation while he uses state funds to lobby for it. Naija wey we dey.
With these and so many other reactions from Nigerians, I am left with no choice than to ask the Federal Government to look into this issue. It is a critical one that calls for urgent attention.
Nigeria must move forward and to facilitate that movement, those in power must do right, leave private businesses for later and do the work they were elected to do.