Imo State Government House
The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has attributed part of the successes of his administration to prudent management of State resources and blockage of loopholes created by corruption.
Governor Okorocha stated this while interacting with members of the press and media executives in the state at the Government House Owerri
The Governor, who used the event to intimate the journalist on the landmark achievements made by this administration within its 3 years in office, noted that over 1,000 verifiable projects have been built and completed by government, regretting that many of them are under reported by journalists.
He maintained that the achievements made by the present administration were borne out of his vision and passion to give lasting legacy to the State.
The Governor further said that his government has consistently fought corruption in the system as well as pruned down all wasteful government expenditure and the resources channeled to projects that benefit the greater population of the Imo citizens.
He pointed out that government has saved over One billion naira (N1b) that was hitterto used for printing of bill boards and has fully restored the confidence of the masses in government.
In the area of industrial development, the governor expressed worries that many youths are unconcerned about skill acquisition and encouraged Imo youths to seize advantage of the Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS) to acquire skills that would make then self employed.
He however noted that apart from the creation of 25,000 thousand jobs by government, efforts were also geared towards reviving the moribund industries in the state to create more jobs and reduce the rate of unemployment in the state. The Governor further disclosed plans to bring in 72 industries from Turkey while encouraging local industrialists to invest in Imo state.
On road projects, Owelle Okorocha said that his administration embarked on aggressive rural road construction as well as city roads in an effort to make Imo a- one- city state.
He disclosed that government has completed 3 inland bridges within the capital city while 2 new bridges are on-going to ensure a hitch free traffic in the Owerri capital city.
The Governor stressed that kidnapping and other criminal activities have reduced drastically in the State and commended the security operatives for their gallantry.
Owelle Okorocha also noted that the introduction of the Community Government Council in the state has given the rural populace a sense of belonging and ownership of government as well as boost the agricultural sector of the economy.
Responding on behalf of journalists, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Sir Innocent Igwe said that the outing has afforded journalists an opportunity of getting first hand information on the activities of government
He commended governor Okorocha for the giant strides made in the areas of free education, massive road construction and infrastructural transformation across the 27 LGA of the state.
The NUJ Boss appealed to the Governor to consider a 2nd term bid as Governor of Imo State come 2015 to ensure the sustainability of projects initiated by the Rescue Mission.
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