The Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has debunked the allegation that his administration has sold some government establishments. He explained that rather than sell government establishments, his administration repurchased those sold by previous administration; such as Resin Paint industry, Mbaise and Paper Packaging Industry, Owerre Ebeiri.
Addressing Journalists in government House, Owerri, Owelle Okorocha said that he has resolved to embark on the concession of some parastatals against outright sale of these parastatals.
He commended the people of South East zone for their show of understanding in the appointments made by President Mohammadu Buhari: pointing out that appointment of aides were made within his constitutional powers.
In his words, “It is well within our party’s constitution, APC is a great party, It is a big family, Igbos are also of APC and I represent the face of that very strong movement from south East. What is important is what the people of South east can get from the federal government to develop the zone. ”
The governor reminded the press of the cordial relationship existing between him and the governors in the South East, adding that they have agreed to build an economic hub for Ndigbo collectively.
“We want to transform the south east. This is a period of South East to look inward. We must look inward now, politics is gone, this is the period for development, let’s talk less of politics now and see how we can develop the resources of our land.”
“South East can develop the resources of their land and make the place better with or without politics and emphasis should not be more on politics but more on development of resources.”
He regretted that the politics we have in the Nigeria today is the politics of income from oil; pointing out that if oil dries up, what will our people do? This makes it imperative to look for alternatives now.
Owelle Okorocha commended the press for being unbiased, committed and informing the public of government activities without fear or favour, while some of them have gone deeper into investigative journalism.
The governor said his administration has inaugurated taskforces to address the challenges facing the state like street trading, relocation of artisans, motor parks and as well create more activities in the rural areas. According to the governor, some of the taskforces will also look into roads that require attention, improve infrastructural development of schools and bring the general hospitals to modern standard.
Okorocha also said that his administration will implement an industrialization programme of one community, one industry to improve the economy of the state as government intends to raise N20 million for each community, while branches of the Imo state Micro Finance Bank will be established in all the 27 LGAs.
The governor said that his visit to Turkey was successful as state government will partner with Turkish government on the establishment of industrial parks at Ohaji/Egbema while Turkey will hold its trade exhibition in Imo state next year with 2000 business people participating.
He reminded the people that Imo government would be hosting parliamentarians in 2017. On the renovation work going on at the Imo Concord Hotel, Owerri, Governor Okorocha said government will spare no effort in restoring the institution to its five – star status while work will be completed on the dualization of Owerri- Orlu – Akokwa road, in addition to the 27 general hospitals, judicial headquarters and government house annex in orlu and Okigwe.
Owelle Okorocha regretted that huge fraud was discovered in the running of ITC, adding that the problem of health workers must be resolved before payment of their arrears will commence. He announced that government has started paying salary arrears up till September this year, including those of parastatals and encouraged people of the state especially those who are well –to- do to establish private universities in the state.
On his economic trip to Turkey, Owelle Okorocha announced that an artisan market which will accommodate about 3000 shoe makers will soon be establish in the state while a fish industry will kick off in no distant time.
for: Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
16th September, 2015