…Woos indigenes for Joint business
Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, has initiated steps
to revamp and make the economy of the state viable and independent.
Speaking in a business meeting with a cross section of entrepreneurs
and businessmen of Imo origin resident in Lagos at Lagoon Restaurant,
Victoria Island, Gov. Okorocha explained that government Ministries,
Departments and Agencies are currently strengthened to function
independently as part of measures to commercialize government in Imo
The governor affirmed that his administration has embarked on massive
infrastructural development to create the enabling environment that
will attract both foreign and local investment into the state.
“On assumption of office, we met a state that lacks the basic
infrastructure that suppose to drive economic activities. As I am
speaking, we have commenced total reconstruction of roads in Owerri
capital city, Orlu and Okigwe towns towards making Imo attractive for
investment. All abandoned projects initiated by late Sam Mbakwe have
been revived in our move to repackage, rebrand and make Imo the best
state in Nigeria”; Gov Okorocha said.
He further explained that his administration has resolved to partner
with Imo indigenes under public private partnership (PPP) in its drive
to industrialize and create more jobs for the teeming unemployed
“The doors of this administration are open for partnership in all
aspect. We are ready to give government to support whoever that has
good business concept that will contribute in the rapid development of
the state because we are in a hurry to develop Imo state as well as
make it the economic hub of the south-east and south-south states”,
Gov. Okorocha added.
He enjoined wealthy Imo indigenes and entrepreneurs to consider
establishing their businesses in Imo state as government has provided
the enabling environment that will guarantee safety and profitability.
Gov. Okorocha announced committees that will facilitate joint
businesses between government and private partners as well actualize
the establishment of International Electronics Electrical Auto-parts
Market (INTEMARK) in Naze, Owerri North.
He also disclosed that government has revoked lands in Onitsha Road
Industrial Layout whose owners have not shown seriousness in
developing them and now willing to reallocate them to whoever that is
ready to establish his/her industry within 3 months.
Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Damian Odenigbo
reaffirmed that Imo indigenes in electrical and Electrical business
have shown enough willingness to build an International Market in
He also requested government to build a lighter terminal in Oguta to
boost economic activities in Imo state.
The Deputy Governor, Sir Jude Agbaso, Chief Economic Adviser, Hon.
Nick Oparandudu, commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Chioma
Ogoke also had the opportunity to explain government programmes and