Senator Rochas Okorocha, has stated that Nigeria can make a lot of money and create one million jobs from cattle rearing,
Speaking on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’, he said that if provided with the financial capital, he can create a lot of jobs all by himself.
His exact words: “Let me talk to Nigerians for the first time as a Businessman. Do you know how many billions of dollars this nation is losing by not handling this business of cattle well in the Federal Republic of Nigeria?
“This business of cattle can create one million jobs for Nigerians, if well-managed. I wish Nigerians can call me or the government will call me and say Okorocha this N76 billion we want to give you, it is your share, take it and fix the cattle business. If I do not create one million jobs within the shortest time, just know I am not Rochas.
“This is business. See money, and people are just joking with it. We used to be exporters of leathers, skins. What about the dairy products and milk?
“Assuming we have this business, do you know how many welders and fabricators will build body carriers for the cows, while we import the head from China and fix it.”
He also stated that he never acquired properties with government funds, as Governor of Imo State for two terms.
Senator Okorocha explained that he had always been a successful person before coming into Office in 2011, as Governor of the State, and dared anyone to come out with any evidence proving that he mismanaged funds meant for the State Government.
He said: “I challenge anybody to prove that I acquired any property with any government fund.
“I think people have forgotten that I was Rochas before becoming the Governor of Imo State; I think they have forgotten completely.
“If anything, becoming a Governor made me even poorer than what I was in the past. I don’t know whether I acquired any property here in Abuja, there is none.”
Senator Okorocha stated that he believes that those making the allegations, are referring to a Hotel that belongs to his wife, and is used to fund their Foundation.
According to him, there is no way he would have stolen the government’s money, when its monthly allocation is small.
He noted that during his 2 terms as Governor, he built the best International Cargo Airport and Police State Command in the country, as well as 27 Hospitals, a new Government House, a new Court, and a new Prison, among others.
He also spoke about his encounter with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over the same issue, noting that he spent 2 nights there when he was arrested.
“I said to them (EFCC) that I have not come to respond to your call, because there is already a matter in court, and once a matter is subjudice, you cannot talk about it.
“Imo State Government has taken me to court on the same subject matter, and we are at the Federal High Court in Abuja, on the same subject matter.
“EFCC is doing their job, because if there is no report, they cannot nose into whatever you are doing; EFCC is not witch-hunting, they are acting on a petition being written by somebody”, Senator Okorocha disclosed.