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Protect your projects, Senate President tells Imo



The Senate President, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan on Friday, April, 2021 in Owerri, the Imo State capital commissioned one of the major link roads – Akachi Road – constructed by Governor Hope Uzodimma in his one year in office and renamed after a former Senate President and former Governor of Imo State, Senator Evan Enwerem.

Speaking before commissioning the project, the Senate President lauded Governor Uzodimma for remaining focused since assuming power, saying Governor Hope actually means (Higher on Project Ever).

“The Governor is doing a great and wonderful job in Imo State,” he said and congratulated him for achieving so much in one year with scarce resources.

The Senate President who was enthusiastic over the road renamed after one of his predecessors, Senator Enwerem, said “the renaming was very important and the message is that Imo is working and Imo will continue to work.”

He admonished Imo people to see government projects as their projects by ensuring that they do not only utilize them well, but “protect them, and own them up.”

He described those who destroy government property as enemies of the people and suggests the people resist such.

Senator Lawan urged Imolites to support the Government of Senator Uzodimma whom he said “Nigeria is proud of because he is honest, prudent and reliable.”

His words: “Imo is Lucky to have him as their Governor.”

He pointed out that though Governor Uzodimma receives very little resources compared to what most of his colleagues receive, “yet he is doing more infrastructural development than the previous administrations.”

He said Governor Uzodimma’s prudent use of scarce resources to achieve much is a reflection of what the APC governments at the federal and state levels represent.

“The APC today receives little resources but we are doing far better than previous administrations and governments who received large quantum of resources and yet failed to develop Nigeria infrastructure and add value to the Nigerian Nation,” Senator Lawan noted.

 The Senate President therefore thanked the Governor for his prudence and financial discipline that have contributed immensely to the several achievements he has recorded in just one year in office.

Delving into national issues, he informed that the National Assembly will always support good programmes of the Executive without recourse to public criticisms.

He acknowledged that the Security Agencies need more resources to effectively confront the several challenges before them, reiterating that “the importance of the change in the leadership of the Service Chiefs is aimed at having new ideas and new strategies to fight the Nigerian common enemy.”

To political leaders in Imo State Senator Lawan quipped:  “Remember that no condition is permanent, and most importantly, that Imo State is your State. It is APC today, Hope Uzodimma today and it could be another party and different Governor tomorrow. Hence, all should work towards the development and progress of Imo State in particular and Nigeria in general irrespective of party affiliation.”

Earlier in his address, Governor Uzodimma said the road being commissioned was part of the previous ones meant to reduce the infrastructure deficit in the State.

“The road revolution is to make Imo better, provide more access roads to the teaming population of Imo people and to allow for free movement of goods and services in the State as a whole,” the Governor said.

 Governor Uzodimma who was elated by the presence of the Senator Lawan and his colleagues as well as APC leaders, reiterated that Imo State is now in the good books of the national leadership

He repeated that he has come to serve the people, to bring prosperity using the limited resources available and that “nothing can stop” him from getting to his destination.

He however regretted that “detractors are working very hard on slowing down the Imo progress.”

But the Governor added that Imo State knows her enemies and assured the people of the readiness of the Security Agencies to tackle all security challenges headlong. 

He proceeded to announce that the road previously known as Akachi Road will now to be known and called Chief Evan Enwerem Way.

In his welcome remarks, the Imo State Commissioner for Works, Barr. Ralph Nwosu informed that the road which was completed by Governor Uzodimma was inherited from the previous administration and that only 10 percent job was done on it.

He said it was instructive that the Contractor who originally started work on the road accepted to complete it by dropping 20 percent of the original contract cost because of his believe in the Shared Prosperity mantra of the current government.

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Anokam describes convertion of Government property as corruption



Renowned Estate Surveyor and Valuer and Opinion leader, Chief Sam Anokam has decided as the height of corruption, acquiring government property and converting it to private use, arguing that the recovery of IBC property at Orji which the former governor, Rochas Okorocha had illegally converted to private use and the recovery of the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko by the present administration of Chief Hope Uzodinma were in order and evidence of strong political will to serve Imolites.

Chief Anokam made this observation on Monday, July 19, while interacting with newsmen in Owerri.

He maintained that on emerging the governor of the state, senator Hope Uzodinma had premised the focal point of his administration on Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, stating that the government would have made a mockery of the 3R mantra if they had not recovered government property illegally converted to private use by Okorocha.

He regretted that former Governor Rochas Okorocha had engaged in reckless and uncontrolled grabbing of both public and private lands at will, saying that no sentiment must be allowed by the government with respect to how it affects the students and advised the former governor to relocate his schools and students to a property of his own.

Anokam said that Okorocha had deceived Imolites by giving them the impression that the Eastern Palm University was state government-owned and later converted it to himself and appointed a Vice Chancellor, commenced running its affairs without involving the state government.

The Estate Surveyor stressed that if Okorocha had used the IBC property to build a school or housing estate for Imo workers, it would have been better than using government land for private purpose without paying rent, especially when the agency of government that owns such land is still in existence.

On the relative restoration of security in the state, Chief Sam Anokam appreciated the state government, security organizations and all individuals who played one role or another to restore peace and order, observing that insecurity affects everybody and not caused by the government and must be a collective responsibility of all to ensure peace and order, without which, no meaningful development can take place.

He called on the government to continue to engage the people and various stakeholders in the society to ensure lasting peace in the state.

Anokam praised the state government for doing well in constructing durable roads and installing traffic lights at major junctions in Owerri metropolis which have made traffic easier in the capital city.

He called on Imolites to give Governor Uzodinma time, peace and cooperation as the governor has already displayed needed capacity to transform the state and put it on the wheels of progress.

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Coast clearer for Okorocha, others to dump APC as membership revalidation ends



As the extension for the APC membership registration and revalidation exercise ended yesterday July 22, the fate of the former Governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Imo West in the Senate, Senator Rochas Okorocha as well as his supporters appears to hang on the balance.

This is even as the leadership of the party in the State had earlier warned against membership revalidation by proxy.

In a release signed by the Director General, New Media of the APC, Cajethan Duke and made available to Weekend Lead, the membership registration and revalidation exercise has ended.

Okorocha in the company of his supporters had few Weeks ago, stormed the National Secretariat of the APC Abuja where they tabled the problems of the party in Imo particularly ,the issue of membership revalidation which they said did not take place as supposed in Imo.

They at the said meeting demanded for a membership revalidation exercise in Imo which Dan Nwafor would oversea as the state Chairman.

However, few days after the said meeting, the National Leadership of the party extended the revalidation exercise in Imo as well as few other States.

Investigation by Lead shows that Okorocha and his loyalists did not take part in the last exercise, an act which may jeopardize their membership of the party.

Earlier, the State Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Imo State chapter, had reminded all interested persons both old members and intending applicants who are yet to revalidate their membership and or register, that the exercise which has been extended by the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) is still ongoing at the 27 local government headquarters across the state.

In line with guidelines as formulated by the CECPC, there was no room for revalidation or registration by proxy.

Every interested person must physically present him/herself before the officials with all the requisite particulars for revalidation/ registration.

The attention of the party was been drawn to cases where certain persons have tried albeit unfruitful to compromise the exercise through revalidation and registration by proxy.

The party hereby had informed all of the prohibition of registration through proxies and warns against any fragrant disregard to the laid down procedures, while calling on interested persons to take advantage of the extension to genuinely conclude their revalidation and or registration formalities.

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Ihezuo hails Imo Gov. over traffic decongestion



… Decries non adherence to traffic Rules

… Calls for training of drivers.

One of the APC chieftains in Imo and Orlu in particular, Dr. Ikenna Ihezuo has hailed Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma for bringing into control, the traffic jam at various junctions in Owerri.

Uzodinma had upon assumption of office removed all the ancient Roundabouts out in place at various junctions in Owerri cities and replaced them with modern Traffic Lights which hitherto reduce to the barest minimum Traffic jam in the State.

In a press release signed by Ihezuo himself and made available to weekend Lead, Ihezuo, practicing Lawyer with many years standing expressed gratitude to the Governor for coming to the rescue of the Road Users by introducing the modern ways of curbing traffic jam in the State adding that the singular act has shown in no small measures that the Governor is indeed prepared to change the narrative of governance in Imo.

Ihezuo, an American trained Technocrat who decried the disobedience of some Drivers to Road signs and usages called on the State Government to constitute a Task Force whose duties would include to apprehend Road usage offenders who will after arresting them would take them to Psychiatric Hospitals to examine their state of minds and after which they would be compelled to pay penalty for the offenses committed.

Ihezuo who contested keenly the 2019 House of Representatives seat for Orlu, Orsu and Oru East Federal under the APC used the forum to commend the Governor on the areas of Roads which his administration has put in place called on Imo people to remain supportive of the present administration.

On the recent empowerment of fifteen Thousand Imo Youths by the present administration, Ihezuo gave a Thomb up to the Governor adding that with the said empowerment, Imo is on the fast lane development.

Ihezuo who charged the beneficiaries of the empowerment to make judicious use of the opportunity called on other Youths to remain supportive of the present administration which according to him has come to change the narratives of governance in Imo.

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