On Monday July 7th, Gov. Rochas Okorocha renamed the Avutu Poultry farm Ltd., to Sam Mbakwe Poultry Farm. He said the first civilian governor of the state, late Chief Sam Mbakwe would continue to be honoured as long as the state would continue to appreciate the foot-prints he left behind as the governor of the state.
Governor Okorocha spoke when he paid a courtesy call on the widow of the late Governor of the state, Mrs. Ahuikpeghe Mbakwe, while leading a team of South-African Agricultural investors to Avutu poultry farm in Obowo LGA to inspect the venture with a view of the investors, collaborating with the state government to bring the poultry fully back to life and to the standard the state government has envisaged.
Okorocha who was received at the country home of the late former Governor by the wife and son, Ahuikpeghe and Chief Alex Mbakwe told his audience that Mbakwe had achieved much for the state that his administration has remained a reference government in the state and beyond.
Welcoming the governor, the late Mbakwe’s first son, Alex Mbakwe commended governor Okorocha for being the first governor after the late father to have shown enormous interest in both the family and the Avutu poultry farm and prayed that God would continue to encourage him. He appealed to the governor to rehabilitate the road leading to the poultry since those going to the poultry would need good road to get there.
At the poultry, the governor regretted the long-time neglect the poultry had suffered and said his administration would stop at nothing to achieve the goal behind the establishment of the poultry, reiterating that the poultry when fully revived, would provide job opportunities to thousands of Imo sons and daughters.
The governor assured to overhaul the farm and also rehabilitate the state owned paint industry located at Mbaise, adding that his Rescue Mission administration would take the state to the next level of development and growth, giving the assurance that his government would partner the agricultural investors from South Africa.
The leader of the South African investors, Mr. Dirk Hanekom had told the governor that they had come to partner the state government in agriculture, which he said remains a tool to unite African nations, also praising the governor for keeping the doors of his administration open for investors.
Speaking at a mini reception organized by the people of the area, a leader from the area, Chief Abraham Alesiro said that since 1983 nobody or any governor has done for Avutu Obowo people what Rochas has done for them. He advised the governor to forfeit his presidential ambition and seek re-election as the governor of the state.
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