In a practical demonstration of the words of the national anthem which states that “the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain”, the Imo State government has named several monumental projects under construction in the state after prominent Imolites who contributed to the development of the state.
Governor Okorocha said that action was taken “in recognition of the pioneering roles of these personalities honoured, in the development of the state”
In a marathon meeting of the state Executive Council, members approved that the main Exco Chambers should now be known as Ndubuisi Kanu Chamber for his role as the pioneer Military Governor of Imo State under whose administration, the master plan of Owerri as the state capital was made.
The Council also endorsed that the newly built Multipurpose Hall should be known as Sam Mbakwe Chamber in recognition of his role as first civilian Governor of Imo State and giant developmental strides witnessed in the state during his tenure.
Also, the Council approved the proposed 23-floor Five Star Hotel, Owerri to be known as ‘The Crystal”.
The proposed Five Star Hotel in Orlu to be known as “The Prince”, while that of Okigwe to be known as “The Queen”.
The proposed 110-metre Monumental Tower [Hand of God], to be known as “Akachi” while the buildings housing the Deputy Governor and that of the wife of the governor, to be known as “Twin House”.
The Council also approved that the recently reconstructed and refurbished Commissioners’ Quarters to be known as “Council Court”, while the newly built Guest Houses behind the State High Court to be known as “Odenigbo Guest House”.
The proposed Freedom Square, People’s Embassy, Imo International Conference Centre are to retain their names while the former Imo Hotels as reconstructed to be renamed as “Royal Guest House”.