Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has directed the Ministry
of Finance to commence payment of all contractors whose jobs have been
certified without further delay.

Gov. Okorocha who recently approved 10 Billion Naira for payment of
contractors handling over 500km rural roads projects across the 27
local government areas of the state, directed the Commissioner for
Finance, Deacon Chike Okafor and officials of the ministry to ensure
that the process is completed and payment made immediately.

He reiterated that his administration will always ensure prompt
payment of contractors handling roads and infrastructural projects
even as he promised to stop at nothing in the bid to transform Imo
into a model and enviable state in the country.

Meanwhile, the commissioner for Finance, Deacon Chike Okafor said his
ministry has commenced the process of ensuring immediate payment of
contractors in accordance with the governor’s directive.

The Commissioner who spoke to reporters in Government House explained
that the project monitoring and financial teams will visit the road
projects to concur with the earlier report of the Transition Committee
Chairmen before the payments are finally made.

He promised that the process will not delay the payment but a
necessary step to ensure that only qualified contractors are paid.

Okafor further explained that the Gov. Okorocha’s led government has
made adequate financial arrangement to ensure that over 150 Billion
Naira ongoing roads and infrastructural projects are well funded and
completed within the estimated time-frame.

He however urged the contractors to cooperate with the ministry of
finance and other relevant agencies involved in the process as
stipulated by the state government.