The actions of the Governor of Imo State,Owelle Rochas Okorocha have attracted so much criticism from members of the press. Thisday Newspaper editorial once mentioned that the Governor’s most notable achievement to date has been to make headline news for all sorts of gaffes. The paper went ahead to say that the Governor is giving Nigerians something to really laugh about. It is obvious that Okorocha is making mockery of himself but the sad thing is that he does not seem to care what people think or say.

At a Stakeholders forum in Owerri recently, Owelle was asked about the issue of the sale of the State owned Adapalm Plc. After laughing and making reference to “certain” press boys (he did not mention them by names) this is what Okorocha said :“I detest the press boys. I don’t want them to come around me. They go out of their way against even their professional ethics and tell lies about me and my administration. They allow themselves to be influenced by politicians to spread falsehood against me. Because of this I do not want to have anything to do with the press boys.”

He said he picks up a Nigerian Newspaper only when he wants to look for something to laugh about. What Okorocha said about his hatred of the press isn’t new. But it’s new and interesting that he said it in public.We all know that Journalists are the whipping boys of the Governor. He has advised his Aides and Cabinet to ignore all that are appearing in the press about his activities. To him, members of the press are persona non grata.

Governor Okorocha is behaving like the traditional’ Eze onye agwalam’. Eze onye agwalam is a Village Chief that shuns advice. He should blacklist the press at his own peril. This is democracy. He should amend his ways .The bible in Romans 6 v 1 said ‘What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!’I believe it will not be in the best interest of the Governor for the press to hide the truth from him. The press is there to watch the excesses of any government anywhere in the world. The press is the guardian of the people as the fourth estate of the realm.

Governor Okorocha was advised by well-meaning Imolites not to sale Adapalm Plc but he did not listen. Today the media is filled with the news that Imo State government has sold the multi-million naira Adapalm PLC to Roche Group, an Irish Company .Some say Adapalm is sold for 20 years. Whether for 20years or less, a sale is a sale. Adapalm plantation is located in Ohaji/Egbema L.G.A of Imo State.Introducing the new owners to the people of Ohaji/Egbema LGA,Owelle Rochas Okorocha declared that the new owners have the full rights to hire and fire staff.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the sale of Adapalm under the administration of Owelle Rochas is fraught with all kinds of sharp practices, shady deals and under-the-table-practices. The sale of Adapalm is criminal to say the least. I see this as an act of insensitivity by the Governor to the interests of the poor masses. The sale of Adapalm , especially at a time when thousands of Imo people are needlessly poor and in need of gainful employment, is nothing but an anti-poor, pro-rich policy. Tragically this policy is taking place at a time when statistics released by the Federal Ministry of Finance recently rated Imo State financially strong. Imo State has constantly received jumbo allocations since Governor Okorocha came in. He is yet to show us what he has used the allocation money on, as we have not witnessed any genuine project instituted by his administration.

Okorocha behaves like a maximum ruler who will be in power forever, but he has forgotten that, whatever has a beginning will surely come to an end one day.Political office is for a while, power is ephemeral. His rescue mission has now become the reckless sale of the collective patrimony of Imo people, to his businessmen partners. The due process, rule of law and collective interests of Imo State was not taken into consideration. This Roche Group has taken over all major construction projects in Imo.

At a time when the available institutions of higher learning in Imo turn out thousands of graduates on a yearly basis, most of whom remain perpetually unemployed and only ceaselessly roaming the streets in search of unavailable jobs, Okorocha is preoccupied with the business of selling of publicly owned properties which were built over the years with our collectively owned wealth – a venture which in all aspect is perpetually anti-people. The sale of Adapalm  is a pro-rich policy because it puts public wealth into private hands and further increases poverty because it puts more people out of employment as the new management is out to make profit at the expense of human life. According to sources, an estimated 2,000 Adapalm workers are to be sacked.Okorocha is about to make so many people of Ohaji/Egbema the host community to Adapalm jobless.

The sale  of Adapalm should be totally condemned by Imolites as it does the toiling masses no good. But will Eze onye agwalam(Okorocha)ever listen to the voice of reason? The truth of the matter today is that the people’s patience are snapping and very fast too despite Okorocha’s threat of dealing with unfriendly Journalists. We worry about how Okorocha is converting Imo State and its funds into a family enterprise while governing the State with impunity and military fiat not minding or giving a hoot how the people felt. Save us o’ God.

-Kenneth Uwadi, Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

9 Comments to: On The Sale of Imo State – AdaPalm PLC To Roche Group

  1. steve

    November 4th, 2011

    This is a very shallow write up. We all know the Nigerian press can for a few thousand Naira write falses stories.
    As for sacking staff, It only shows that the place was grossly overstaffed with people who are indolent and lazy. With thesame mouth you condemn our high recurrent expenditure and at the same time criticise progressive thoughts.
    Quest: would the oil company be leased to private individuals if it were being run well by govt? Oh puleez!
    As for the Gov’s performance, I have not visited Imo state but I know all them Govs a thieves without conscience.

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  2. Ras

    November 4th, 2011

    Rochas has done in five months what ohakim couldn’t do in four years. The roads are being built. Workers are being paid arrears. Schools are being fix. Rochas was reffering to announcer and the horn who write tabloid lies about him.

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  3. Sylva

    November 7th, 2011

    Imo Adapalm is owned by Imo Citizens and we as Imolites wants full information on what transpired. Remember, Imo hotels Owerri was leased out for 15years by Udenwa and today the place looks like a run down ghetto. At that time, nobody dare question Udenwa on the details of the lease arrangement. In that transaction, Imo people were the victim and Udenwa and his partners are still the owners of Imo hotels Owerri and with no dime accruing to Imo State. it is imperative that we ask questions and probe the government to know the truth. Imolites are soliciting the truth from the government.

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  4. Ndidi

    November 7th, 2011

    I am from Obosima, in Ohaji/Egbema LGA, if this sale of Adapalm is true, then it is a big shame to the Governor. Adapalm has been there for generations and employs a lot of my people. What then happens to the local people who own the land? It is going to be a big war and it is advisable that the sale be reversed immediately

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  5. OBIANEFO

    November 8th, 2011

    THIS IS A STUPID AND SHALLOW WRITE UP. PLEASE DO A BIT OF RESEARCH BEFORE FEEDING US WITH THIS GARBAGE.

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  6. maman

    November 9th, 2011

    ROCHAS AND ROCHE GROUP ARE ONE AND THE SAME PEOPLE
    HE LACKS THE CREDENTIALS TO GOVERN
    HE IS IN IMO FOR REVENGE AND NOT RESCUE.
    HOW MUCH OF EXISTING AGREMENTS BY PREVIOUS GOVTS
    HAS HE COMPLIED WITH.
    I BLAME BUSINESS MEN WHO DEAL WITH THE MAN WHO
    DOES NOT BELIEVE IN DUE PROCESS BECAUSE THEY WILL FINALLY HURT THEMSELVES.
    HE IS A SHAME IN GOVERNANCE.
    IMAGIN A MAN GIVING SCOOL KIDS JUST ONE HUNDRED NAIRA IN A MONTH
    WHAT CAN ONE HUNDRED NAIRA BUY
    WANTING TO BE POPULAR .
    CAN HE EAT WITH ONE HUNDRED NAIRA

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  7. CHIDO

    November 9th, 2011

    THIS COMMEDIAN CALLED ROCHAS IS A DEVIL
    WHAT DID IMO PEOPLE TO HAVE THIS MAN AS GOVERNOR
    I BLAME IKEDI OHAKIM WHO PLAYED WITH GOVERNANCE
    PEOPLE LIKE SENATOR ARARUME WHO PREPARED FOR GOVERNANCE
    BE GIVEN THE MANTLE OF GOVERNANCE AND THIS CLOWN SENT HOME
    IMAGINE THIS ROCHAS TAKING IMO STATE UNIVERSITY TO HIS VILLAGE AND ALL APPOINTMENTS GIVEN TO HIS CRONIES
    HE IS BEHAVING AS THOUGH OWERRI ZONE DOES NOT MATTER.
    WHEN AN OWERRI ZONE MAN COMES,WE SHALL MAKE THAT YOUR UNIVERSITY A POULTRY FARM.

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  8. Lakatos Chydoe

    December 20th, 2011

    kenneth and some other people of shallow mind are the reason why the governor (according to u) laughed publicly over the so called press boys. You are unlearned, ill-informed and misguided. Jus look at the infection you are spreading on the public domain for human consumption. Don’t u know u are enemy of the people? I advise u do a thorough homework before rushing to the public. U can’t claim igorance of the governor’s pronouncement on the assumption of office that any imo citizen who has a better idea on what/how imo would be great should bring his/her idea to the government for proper evaluation and consideration. Let me educate u, it was an imo citizen who has the performance of Roche in the field of Palm oil production that advised government on Roche. The involvement of Roche in Imo Palm Production is purely on efficiency and credibility. Let me ask u, what was the performance and contribution of AdaPalm to the GDP of imo State over the past years? Did u say, 2,000 performing or non-performing staff will be sacked? Mr Kenneth stop peddling rumor…owelle is performing.

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  9. Your Name...majudi

    January 31st, 2012

    U press guys will not write what u are suppose to write, due to lazziness u stay in ur houses and make up stories, morron

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