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Focus on the fight against me and leave Imo people alone – Okorocha tells Uzodinma

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Former governor of Imo State and member representing Imo West Senatorial District, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has told Governor Hope Uzodimma to stop destroying the assets of the people of the state in a bid to get at him. 

Okorocha who insisted that the assets he left belongs to people of Imo state, expressed regret that most of the “people-oriented signature projects” constructed by his administration had been lying waste and abandoned by his successor.

He said; 

“It’s been one drama or the other since I left office as the governor of Imo State. It started with Emeka Ihedioha and now, Hope Uzodimma.

“I decided not to show my my face and give leaders opportunity to correct the wrong things that have been going on.

“But, the government of the day is not able to differentiate between Rochas as a person and what Rochas did for Imo State as governor.

“Whatever assets I left here doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the people of Imo State.

“For instance, the 1000-bed Somto Hospital is being demolished by the government, in place of market shops. That hospital was commissioned by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

“I don’t know why the police headquarters is still being neglected and abandoned. It is a similar situation with the 3400 capacity prison headquarters.

“The cargo airport is also abandoned without use. The Aguisi Ironsi tunnel which created ways to manage traffic in the capital city is being brought down. They couldn’t even break down the tunnel.

“The two biggest flyovers which can contain 1000 fully loaded trucks is being abandoned without use.

“I’m equally saddened that the RAMP rural roads projects have been stopped. Are you also fighting Rochas by stopping such projects.

“These have called for concern. A fight against Rochas must be disconnected from a fight against Imo people

“My heart is bleeding over the destruction of Imo property especially Somto Hospital. That project is over N1.6 billion. It would have been better if they had turned it into a shopping mall instead of demolishing the edifice.

“I’m calling on Governor Hope Uzodinma to concentrate on the fight against me and leave Imo people alone. Let’s separate politics from governance. Hope is mixing politics and governance. 

“They based their destruction on China projects but it’s taken them months to destroy Akachi and the Ironsi Tunnel.

“Fighting me through EFCC, DSS, and ICPC is enough. Stop destroying Imo properties.”

Responding to this, Governor Uzodinma’s aide Modestus Nwamkpa claimed that the demolished and abandoned projects were either of substandard quality or of no use for the state.

He said; 

 “I want to tell you that most of those projects that you mentioned like the flyovers and tunnels were declared defective by the Nigeria Society of Engineers. This even happened when Ihedioha was here as governor. But, because of the cries and complaints of the people of the state, the current government decided to demolish the tunnel. That thing he called tunnel turned out to be a stream of water.

“The flyovers were not started by Okorocha. It was Ikedi Ohakim who conceptualized and began work there. But, Rochas came and abandoned the standard specifications. This led to the NSE declaring the flyovers defective and not good for human use.

“Those projects were abandoned by Okorocha himself. For instance, after demolishing the Eke Ukwu market, Rochas built what turned out to be public toilet and claimed that it was a hospital. We all know what a hospital is. There was never any time a hospital was there. However, Governor Hope Uzodinma has promised to build a standard market there as requested by the Owerri people within 18 months.

“On the police and prisons headquarters, it is the two federal agencies that will determine when to move into those places and not Hope Uzodinma. I understand that the two agencies did not find the buildings fit enough to house them.”

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Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms

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… Calls on Imo people to exercise patience

… Describes Governor as committed leader.

Following the calls on the leadership of the Shadow Government, a pressure group that constructively critices the Governments at all levels over its sudden silence on the activities of the Imo state Government led by senator Hope Uzodinma, the body has finally given reasons for the said silence.

In a press release signed by the president of the group, Dr Anthony Iroegbu Njoku and made available to Lead Express, he revealed that shadow Government as a pressure group only speaks when the need arises particularly when the Government’s policies both at the federal and states are anti people adding that its silence after its report few months ago on Imo which attracted varying reactions from the Government and individuals is not out of fear or any other reason rather has been studying the Government’s policies and its style of governance to enable the group point succinctly the strength as well as the weakness of the government.

Iroegbu while marshalling out the reasons revealed that though Uzodinma may not have lived upto the people’s expectations one hundred percent but he is indeed committed and desirous of moving the state forward.

Dr Iroegbu who contested the 2019 Governorship seat of Imo state revealed that Uzodinma has good intentions but given the enormous challenges both man made and naturally made now slow down the required speed adding that two months to his assumption of office as the Governor of Imo state, the covid 19 virus hit the world which until now, is still ravaging the universe.

Iroegbu popularly known and addressed as Omenuko noted that while Imo and the World in general are still battling the effects of the covid-19, Uzodinma was struck with another but an unavoidable distraction from the Okorocha’s political dynasty of alleged converted Imo properties which almost resulted in open combat between the loyalists of senator Okorocha and the Appointees of the state Government.

While that was on, Unknown gunmen started causing havocs in the state which included destruction of Owerri Correctional Centre, the Imo state police command amongst others.

Iroegbu further revealed that the series of attacks both in Orlu by yet to be identified gunmen which led to loss of lives and properties, Ihitte Uboma,Oguta amongst others at the formation of the Uzodinma’s administration are capable of distracting a focused and determined Government yet Uzodinma to a reasonable extent is committed in moving the state forward, he said.

He advised him to look into the poverty in the state with a view of solving it.

He however appealed with Imo people to exercise a little patience with the Governor assuring that he is likely going to take Imo to that Promised Land.

He used the medium to call on those responsible for the said attacks to cease adding that Imo does not belong to Uzodinma but for all of us hence all we still suffer the pains of the destruction of the Government institutions in Imo.

Also Read; JUSUN continued strike: Imo Lawyers roast, resort to borrowing

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House of Assembly enacts Law establishing security organization over insecurity

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Against the backdrop of insecurity in Imo state, the House of Assembly has enacted a law which will put to check the rising breakdown of law and order in the state.

The state Assembly led by Paul Emeziem, in an emergency seating on Friday, deliberated on the bill presented by the deputy Majority Leader and member representing Ehime-mbano state constituency, Emeka Nduka.

Presenting the bill, the deputy majority leader stressed the need to beef up security network in the state, adding that the passage of the bill into law will go a long way in bringing the security situation in the state to the barest minimum.

Nduka while leading debate urged members to give their support to the passage of this bill, adding that it is for the interest of the public.

“Take for instance the level of crisis witnessed in the state in recent times. This bill, as you all know, if passed into law, will confront the prevailing security situation in the state and restore the relative peace and tranquility which was the hallmark of the state.

“You will agree with me that other southeast states have established their state security organizations or outfits. Imo state should not be left out given the rising breakdown of law and order.”

The bill, ‘a bill for a law to establish Imo security organization to assist in maintaining law and order in the state and other purposes thereto’, was given accelerated hearing by members and eventually passed into law.

Another bill equally passed into law on Friday was, ‘a bill for a law to establish Imo state geographic information service for the purpose of regulating land administration in Imo state and other matters related thereto’, as well as a motion to ‘adopt the sitting days of the second session of the 9th Assembly,’ sponsored and moved by the member representing Ehime-mbano state constituency, Hon. Emeka Anthony Nduka.

The House was however, was adjourned to 21st of May, 2021.

Also Read; JUSUN continued strike: Imo Lawyers roast, resort to borrowing

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JUSUN continued strike: Imo Lawyers roast, resort to borrowing

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… Uzodinma Yet To Take Decision.

The continued strike action of the Judicial Union Staff of Nigeria (JUSUN) has resulted in untold hardship to the Lawyers in Nigeria and Imo in particular.

This is even as the Imo state Governor,Senator Hope Uzodinma amongst other Governors are yet to take decision over the lingering strike action.

This paper authoritatively gathered that most of the practicing Lawyers particularly, the Gunior ones have resorted to borrowing money from friends in other professions as well as Banks to enable them take proper care of their individual families.

Members of JUSUN have for some months now embarked on indefinite strike,demanding financial autonomy from the state Governments, an act which has attracted varying reactions across board.

While majority of Nigerians commend the Union for seeking financial autonomy which has its root from the Nigeria Constitution, others are of the view that though that the demand of the said union is in order but it is coming at the time when the nation is going through economic problems occasioned by certain factors.

Speaking with Lead, one of the senior Lawyers in Imo who would not want his name in print appealed with Imo state Government to come to a dialogue with JUSUN workers in the State pointing out that the lawyers are the major people suffering the continued strike since the Courts are under lock and key.

The Lawyer however pointed out that while the Judicial Workers are on strike their salaries are still running which they would receive after the strike but the Lawyers make their daily pay only when the courts are functional.

The lawyer further revealed that virtually all the lawyers now live on borrowing.

Also Read; Workers salary: Samdaddy demands apology from Imo Government

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