The renewed clamour for four additional autonomous communities for Owerri Municipal Council may get the endorsement of state government following Governor Rochas Okorocha’s acceptance to give a second thought to the request.
This was the governor’s reaction following the request by Justice Duke Njeribeako [rtd.], during the interactive meeting with leaders of Owerri Municipal Council at Sam Mbakwe Expanded Exco chamber, government house, Owerri.
Justice Njiribeako stated that during the days of the colonial masters, Owerri had warrant chief who represented all the five villages in Owerri and wondered why some areas who had warrant chiefs in their communities in the early days where accorded with autonomous status and Owerri left behind.
However, Governor Okorocha earlier thanked the people for contributing to the actualization of his governorship ambition during the 2011 general election. He urged the people to shun selfishness and unite as one for their community to develop. Governor Okorocha further enjoined the people to separate politics from governance and leadership so that more dividends of democracy will come their way as a people.
He used the opportunity to enumerate his monumental achievements which include, the construction and renovation of Imo Concord hotel to a five  star standard, the reconstruction and renovation of Imo state Government House, Owerri, the construction of Deputy governor’s office, construction of new roads. Others he mentioned include the construction of Heroes square, the construction of Ikemba square, Children Park, construction of 1,000 rural roads in rural communities, construction of 305 primary schools in the state and free education to tertiary level in the state.
On the issue of Area K land, Governor Okorocha informed them that government owns all lands and that the youths should not challenge the authority of government especially when embarking on a good developmental projects that will benefit the entire state. He advised them to support the 4th tier government designed to bring governance to the grass-roots to avoid people milling around the state capital and government house for one form of favor or the other. He also frowned at the level of dependency on northern part of the country for food items stating that Igbos should go back to land to cultivate their food.
Dignitaries present at the occasion include, the Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Ben Njemanze, Transition Committee Chairman Hon Joe Anukam, former military governor of Kastina state, Commodore Emma Acholonu [rtd.], Barr Isreal Njemanze [rtd] and HRh, Eze E.E. Njemanze.