Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been commended by the Minister for Information, Mr. Labaran Maku for his giant strides particularly in the area of education.
The minister made this commendation while visiting some state government projects in the state during the Good Governance tour to Imo state. Maku who led the delegation said that the decision of the Okoroche-led government to give free education to Imo people from primary to secondary education is a welcome development and a proof that democracy is yielding its needed dividends to the people.
The minister said that the good governance team was in Imo to inspect progress made in the state by the state, federal and local government.
He added that the purpose of the tour was to discuss challenges faced by the government and hear from the peoples feeling about the government, stressing that the whole idea of the national good governance tour is to give the people the opportunity to contribute in the good governance of the country.
The minister who was highly impressed by the level of development ongoing in the state said,
“we are beginning to see the first impression by the new look of the Government House that is very commendable, and when we have seen all we need to see, we will report same to the people of Nigeria all over the world”.
The minister also advised the Governor to remain focused and continue his good governance to the people, noting that there was no change agent that has not been abused or misunderstood. He called on all the media to project all the projects that would be inspected during the tour and urged all tiers of government to take advantage of the tour to present their stewardship to the people.
The minister also added that the tour is to seek partnership among the three tiers of government for effective collaboration in project implementation. He commended president Goodluck Jonathan for working tirelessly to ensure that Nigerians are given necessary dividends of democracy, pointing out that the federal government is currently building ten new power plants that would be delivered in the next one year.
While conducting the minister round the projects in the state, Governor Rochas Okorocha called on the federal government to come up with programmes aimed at encouraging and honoring those states that has done well in delivering dividend of democracy to the people.
Governor Okorocha posited that his administration has done much within a short period of time by embarking on people-oriented projects, including the introduction of free education from primary, secondary and tertiary levels, the payment of N20, 000 minimum wage to Imo civil servants, ongoing construction of 305 schools in all the INEC wards in the state. Other achievement he listed include; construction of 27 general hospitals in all the 27 LGAs of the state.
Fielding questions from journalists, Governor Okorocha said that his administration has been able to achieve these feat owing to prudent management of the available resources, as well as making sacrifices and the introduction of business ideas into governance.
The projects inspected include, the Government house new buildings and roads, the twin house, the Odenigbo guest house, the Government House chapel building, the Owerri City school, the ICAPS, Akachi road built across Otamiri river dualised with bridge. The 6.4 km road from Douglas road to Naze junction dualization with roundabout, the heartland shopping center-a 12 storey building with 4 level car park and an entertainment centre, the freedom square, the International Conference Center, Bongo Square, 6km road and Dee Sam Mbakwe link road with bridge across Nworie river to New Owerri.
Other include, the Sunrise Park under construction, IBC studio complex and Imo newspaper new office and government printing press, the Ikemba Ojukwu center and the Heroes square.