The attention of Imo State government has been drawn to an article by Steve Osuji in the Nation newspaper of Friday, June 15, 2012 which created a certain impression of a face-off between Gov. Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his counterparts in the Southeast.
For the avoidance of doubt, Gov. Okorocha, is a perfect gentleman whose peaceful disposition and humility have always earned him respect among his colleagues in the Southeast and Nigeria. He sees his colleagues as brothers and partners in the Nigerian project and has no rift of whatsoever with his colleagues from the zone. It is on record that Gov. Okorocha is one of the few governors whose entire policies are based entirely on liberating the poor from the shackles of hunger, illiteracy, disease and under-development. The present administration in Imo state is one of the prudent and open governments since the creation of the state.
Today, infrastructural projects that worth over 150 Billion are being executed in the state with a good number of them being completed. Imo state is the only state in the federation where a free and compulsory education to the tertiary level is declared. Infact by September, the state government will add another feather in the free education programme by providing free school uniforms, sandals, books and other learning materials. This is even as the state government has commenced the construction of 305 European standard modern primary schools in each INEC ward of the state.
It is therefore a surprise to read such a malicious article casting Gov. Okorocha as a troublesome meddler who runs government within your words “a wrapped procedures and processes” which is to say the least is uncharitable and misinformed. That the said article is coming from an experienced Journalist from Imo state begs the question of intent of the piece.
However, let me state that all actions of Gov. Okorocha are in line with the laws of Imo state and Nigeria as a nation and the powers entrusted in his office by the constitution. Having failed to state which of his policies that are unlawful to attract such choice of words that clearly insults the person and office of the governor of Imo state, may I urge Mr. Steve Osuji to come to your state and do a thorough and indepth research on the amazing successes of Gov. Okorocha within just one year in office. I make bold to say that Gov. Okorocha has achieved more within the past 12 months comparatively with the four years squandered by Osuji’s boss and immediate past governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim. Gov. Okorocha’s achievements are real and verifiable and not phantom and internet based scam employed by Ohakim.
The achievements of the present government will always speak for itself, especially now that the peoples’ governor has taken up the task of industrializing the state and promoting rural agricultural practices through the Community Government Council which Imo people have all embraced. Let me reiterate that no amount of blackmail will deter Gov. Okorocha from making Imo better.