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Imo Indigenes hail Okorocha
Saturday, January 05, 2013
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Indigenes of Imo state living outside the state who were at home to
celebrate the last Christmas and New Year festivals were full of
praises for the state Governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha.
Some of them who spoke to this reporter during the period under
review praised the Governor for the efforts he has been making
since his assumption of office, to transform the state.
They were particular about the governor’s performance in the area
of road construction and maintenance, education, health care
delivery as well as security.
According to Destiny Igboanugo, an Abuja based petty businessman
who hails from Oguta, in Orlu Senatorial zone and spent almost a
week in his country home during the Christmas, commended the
Okorocha’s administration especially in the area of free education.
According to him, “The government’s free education programme has
alleviated the burden of many parents who were finding it difficult to
pay school fees for their children in the past. I must say that my
people are very grateful to the governor in this regard.”
He added that the governor is also doing so well in the area of
infrastructural development especially road constructions. He
mentioned such roads as: Weathral, Egbu/Mbaise, Orlu, Uratta,
Orji/Okigwe roads as well as the Aba/Owerri road and Owerri
Umuahia roads which are Federal Roads that have attracted the
attention of the governor.
These Federal roads made end of year trips so convenient for the
people who plied them to their respective home for the festivities.
Another elated visiting citizen, Mr. Anacletus Anyanwuocha, an Abuja
based journalist and editor of Global Paragon News Magazine, told
this reporter that the Rochas administration has almost equaled the
records of the late Chief Sam Mbakwe, First civilian governor of old
Imo state, in the area of infrastructural development of different parts
of the state.
Anyanwuocha who hails from Ahiazu-Mbaise LGA of the state and
was at home during the Christmas period, said he was marveled at
the level of development that has taken place while he was away
especially in Orlu.
“I was taken aback when I visited Orlu during my trip in December
2012 for the yuletide. What I saw marveled me. At a point we missed
our way because of the new constructions of the roads as the
roundabouts confused us on which way we were to go,” he narrated.
He added that “In the past, Orlu used to be described in such
derogatory phrases as: the most undeveloped part of the old Imo
state but thanks to Rochas Okorocha for breaking the jinx. I am sure
that at the rate the governor is going, he may surpass the
achievements of the late Sam Mbakwe.”
In the area of rural development, the governor's mark was felt by the
people, sources stated. For instance, they heaped a lot of praises
on Okorocha for the development of rural roads and maintenance of
peace and security.
A lot other people who spoke to our reporter commented that
contrary to the speculations of insecurity, the state was very
peaceful as no incidence of kidnapping, robbery, or any form of
violence against the law abiding citizens was reported.
Also commenting on the performance of the governor so far,
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, human rights activist and Head,
Human Rights Writers Associations, (HURIWA) who hails from
Arondizeogu, Ideato-North LGA of the state commended Governor
Okorocha over his programmes on infrastructural development of
The activist however advised the governor to pay equal attention to
the development of the rural areas “yes, I enjoyed my stay in the
state during the Christmas break, and I must say that governor
Rochas Okorocha is doing tremendously well in terms of
infrastructural development but this programme is concentrated
mainly in urban centers.
“While commending him for these strides, I would equally advise that
he extends the same zeal and enthusiasm to the development of the
Speaking in the same vein, some indigenes who commended his
efforts so far in the urban areas also called on the governor to step
up his activities in the rural areas to enable them improve on their
quality of life.
Of particular notes are citizens of Ideato South LGA who are staunch
supporters of the governor but are not happy with the state of the
Isiekenesi-Uruala Road, which is deplorable condition and has not
received the kind of attention other major roads in the state are
receiving under the present dispensation.
Rising from an end of year meeting, they re-pledged their loyalty to
the governor but appealed to him to ensure that the road which links
them up with other parts of the state is given the urgent attention it
needs in terms of repairs.