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Okorocha Had A Better And Broad Vision Than Uzodimma, Ihedioha’ – Sam Amadi Reacts, As Imo Goes Backward In Hospitality, Tourism



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From Joshua Chibuzo Andrew

Analyst, Barr. Sam Amadi has condemned the dilapidated condition of Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri. A hotel built by the State government during Dee Sam Mbakwe administration.

Barr Amadi, a two time Governorship aspirant in Imo State, said that Rochas Okorocha is better, and has broad vision for Imo people than his successors, Emeka Ihedioha and the incumbent governor of the state, Hope Uzodimma.

The legal giant made this known through his Facebook page on Saturday, as he expressed disappointment on Uzodimma APC shared prosperity administration.

He said, The present government is not correcting Rochas’s failure with anything memorable or grand or excellent.

His post read in full; “Owerri: A Preliminary Report

“I have been in owerri and going through the city for the past 5 days. Owerri does not look like a well- managed place. The people are doing well for themselves. But the quality of governance is poor and almost non-existent.

“If you go to the Iconic Concorde Hotel you will weep. Two days ago I drove into the compound. There were no souls there. It is completely dilapidated and abandoned. How can? A hotel with such quality design and environment in a state that is famous for entertainment and pleasure? Why should Concorde Hotel not be a prime tourist center even in these days of economic distress? The collapse started long ago. But there should have been a re-creation. Emeka Ihedioha stated the re-creation but he was short lived. When Hope Uzodinma became Governor he expectedly sacked Emeka Ihedioha’s board and appointed his own. It is obvious that his board had woefully failed. We do not know whether Emeka Ihedioha would have succeeded because his government was aborted.

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“I also took interest in seeing what had become of the International conference center (ICC). It is good thing that Governor Uzodinma has demolished that eyesore. Typically, Okorocha gets some good ideas but lacks the capacity to executive them. That is what happened in the case of ICC. An international conference center is a good facility to make Owerri attractive for conferences and assorted social events. But you do not need to build a ramshackle in the name of a conference center.

“But you would expect Hope Uzodinma to have a better vision. The replacement facility is so shameful. It is still under construction but looks too small and nondescript for our status as entertainment center of Nigeria. It is something a private citizen, in spite of not been a money bag, can easily build. The state should have envisioned a world class conference center with the land available to it. What is being built will not be competitive nationally. It will be dwarfed by what exists elsewhere that there would be little incentive for people to leave Lagos and Abuja and choose Owerri for important conferences. Imo government has opportunity in the 21st Century to build a conference center worth that name. What is being built is a testimony to poor vision and low ambition replacing a grandiose vision with choatic execution.

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“This raises concern about the quality of leadership in Imo for more than two decades I have to say that Rochas Okorocha had a better and broad vision than the rest of the governors especially the present Governor. I hate to say this. But, it is true that he had a more grand (some will say grandiose) vision than the present government. Rochas failed because he lacked the stability and calmness to execute according to vision. He built substandard projects and could not build to excellence. If he restrained himself from too much grandiloquence and comics and got a team that can execute and listened to them he would have been a huge success. Now he is a huge failure as Governor of Imo State. But he had a bigger vision and opened owerri up in a way that a good executor will make owerri beautiful again.

“The present government is not correcting Rochas’s failure with anything memorable or grand or excellent.

“But Imo is still a blessed state and Oweri is a beautiful city, mostly because of the creative and happy hearts and minds of the Owerri people.

“As Governor Hope Uzodinma commences his second term he has the capacity to change his game and leave a legacy of praise. Or doesn’t he?”

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