FG Commissions 100-Unit Housing Estate In Imo

FG Commissions 100-Unit Housing Estate In ImoThe Federal Government has successfully completed a 100-unit housing estate in Imo State under the Ministerial Pilot Housing Project of the Ministry of Power, Works and Hosing.

The project was built through the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to provide low cost housing for public workers across Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri, said the Federal Government through the ministry would continue to strive to ensure that the challenge of housing deficit in Nigeria was surmounted.

He added that it was government’s plan to build mass housing units across the country for public workers over the next three years through a Public-Private Partnership arrangement.

The minister was speaking in company of the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, who represented Governor Rochas Okorocha at the commissioning of the housing unit at Naze industrial layout in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He explained that national housing models have been designed and approved for each geo-political zone, to ensure the use of standard building materials.

“This housing unit is a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement which will be affordable to Nigerians, especially public servants.

“The Federal Government through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has signed a two billion Naira MoU with Shelter Afri (an African shelter company), to build affordable houses for Nigerians.

“So I want to call on workers in Imo State to take advantage of this scheme,” Shehuri said.

Hope To Middle Class Earners

Commending the Federal Government for the project, Mr Madumere said the project would go a long way to complement the policies of the State Government in providing affordable housing units for workers in the state.

He disclosed that the State Government was already in talks with the labour union in Imo State on the matter.

“This housing scheme is apt and what the state needs at this critical time; Imo residents need roofs over their heads. This is giving hope to the middle class earners.

“For us, it is a commendable effort. My leader and Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is ever ready to continue to partner with the Federal Government in such programmes and projects, since it is geared towards making life better for the people of Imo State,” the Deputy Governor said.

In his address, the Managing Director of the mortgage bank, Mr Richard Esin, said the bank and the project have become effective vehicles through which the Federal Government actualises its policy for the provision of affordable housing for Nigerians.

He added that with the consistent contributions of the National Housing Fund Scheme, Nigerian workers would become eligible for mortgage loans at concessionary interest rates of 6% per annum.

“Through this scheme, over 2200 houses have been built for public workers by the Federal Government in all the six geo-political zones of the country. This in turn will surely address the housing deficit in the country,” Mr Esin said.

Climax of the occasion was the launch and cutting of the tape of the housing estate as the dignitaries were taken on a tour round the facility.

The 100-unit housing estate comprises of 48 units of 3-bedroom fully detached bungalows, 40 units of 2-bedroom semi-detached bungalows and 12 units of 1-bedroom terrace.

As disclosed by the mortgage bank, the sum of 592.3 million Naira was invested for the development of the 100-unit housing estate.

Imo Govt. Demolishes Houses Owned By Suspected Kidnappers

Imo, KidnappersThe Imo State government has demolished buildings said to be owned by suspected kidnappers in Ohoba community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state.

The Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, who led the team to Ohoba community disclosed this to reporters in southeast Nigeria.

He vowed that the state government would continue to resist any form of illegal and ill-gotten wealth in the state, especially through kidnapping and armed robbery.

“We will be committing an unpardonable sin by allowing those with ill-gotten wealth to continue to parade themselves as successful people,” he said.

Mr Madumere said that the action would also serve as a deterrent to others who may have plans to make money through such illegal means.

In his words, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, said that the demolition was to ensure that strategies and structures that would prevent carnage in the state were put in place.

“We are trying to ensure that we put a total end to crime and criminality (and) this will send a strong message to those using seed money to build houses and to villagers, especially those who are supporting them,” he said.

The Police Commissioner said that the suspected kidnappers whose houses were being demolished were already in Police custody.

Christian Group Condemns Activities Of Herdsmen In South East

Nimbo-Community-EnuguThe Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Imo State Chapter, has condemned the activities of herdsmen in the south-east, with special reference to their alleged killings and burning of several churches in Enugu State.

The Association in a peaceful protest to the Government House in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, carried placards with various inscriptions also kicked against the proposed National grazing bill by the National Assembly.

Leading the protest, the Imo State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Stafford Nwogu, called on the Federal Government to immediately caution the herdsmen in the south-east to prevent any reprisal attack.

The Christian association further called on the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to liaise with the Federal Government to end the incessant killing of innocent people by the herdsmen while discarding the proposed national grazing bill.

They claimed that the bill would create room for crises in the polity of the Nation.

Addressing the protesters, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, applauded the association for expressing their fundamental human rights through the peaceful protest.

He assured them that the Federal government was working tirelessly to cub any further attacked by the herdsmen.

Mr Madumere reminded them that the Imo State Governor, his counterparts in the south-east and the All Progressives Congress had met to also support the Federal Government in finding a lasting solution to the ugly menace and bringing the perpetrators to book.

Imo First Lady Launches Vocational Centre

Imo State vocational centreThe Wife of the Imo State Governor, Mrs Nkechinyere Okorocha, has built and commissioned a skills acquisition and empowerment centre in the state.

The vocational centre, which was built and commissioned in collaboration with the Imo State government, is aimed at tutoring and empowering unemployed youths in becoming self-reliant, employers of labour, as well as great entrepreneurs.

At the commissioning of the Nneoma Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Centre in Orlu Local Government Area, Governor Rochas Okorocha, who was represented by the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, said the initiative was in line with the vision of the second phase of the rescue mission agenda.

According to the deputy governor, the agenda was to provide jobs and employment for unwaged youths and to create enabling environment for small scale businesses and cottage industries.

In her speech, Mrs Okorocha said that rather than waiting for white collar jobs, the skill acquisition centre, which has highly qualified instructors and professional equipment would help unemployed youths to learn and grow their own business and hopefully become partners in progress with the government and also foster economic development.

Some guests at the event commended the efforts of the Imo State government and the first lady for the laudable achievements, stressing that it would go a long way to address youth unemployment in the state.

The unemployed youths would get three to six months free training on vocational skills such as fashion designing, cosmetology, photography, catering, hair dressing and computer training that would yield great results by producing entrepreneurs and employers of labour in the nearest future.

A total number of 120 students were admitted into the first phase of the six- month programme for Orlu zone and the organisers also disclosed that the centre would be replicated in Owerri and Okigwe senatorial districts of Imo State.

Imo State Earmarks 5bn Naira For Development And Agro-based Activities

Rochas-OkorochaThe Imo State government says it has set aside five billion Naira for massive development and transformation of its rural communities.

To drive the project, 305 Government Liaison Officers (GLOs) representing each of the 305 Independent National Electoral Commission’s Wards in the state were inaugurated on Monday.

At the inauguration of the GLOs held at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Chambers in Government House Owerri, Governor Rochas Okorocha said that the primary aim of the officials was to drive the government’s policies and programmes in their respective wards for progress, development and rural transformation.

One main issue faced by most rural communities in Nigeria is that of gross underdevelopment especially lack of basic amenities and infrastructure such as good roads and good infrastructure. This obviously has a sharp contrast to the urban areas.

To Imo State’s initiative is aimed at addressing this issue.

Creating Wealth

The GLOs, who basically are top government appointees in the state, will embark on a feasible project that will touch and change the lives and well-being of people in the different communities and also liaise with the government on necessary steps and actions to be taken to develop the communities.

The Governor urged the newly inaugurated GLOs to go back to their various wards and work out how to create jobs and take charge of the eco-system.

He also advised them to create all the enabling environment for transformation that would make the state the hub of the economic drive of the south-east and by extension the nation.

Governor Okorocha explained that the money set aside was majorly to sponsor agricultural activities in the wards with the purpose of creating wealth.

On behalf of the GLOs, the Imo state Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, commended the Governor for the trust reposed in them, optimistic that, with the calibre of people inaugurated as GLOs, the set objective would be achieved in no distant time.

With the new development, hopefully in no distant time, If the government and the GLOs matched words with action, Imo citizens would begin to see drastic changes and development in the rural communities.

Residents In Flood Prone Areas In Imo Advised To Relocate

SEMA Urges Imo Flood Victims To Relocate To Upper LandsResidents and indigenes of Oguta Local Government Area (LGA) living around flood prone areas have been advised to relocate to upper lands where their lives and property will be adequately secured, pending the time the ravaging flood will reduce.

The passionate appeal was issued on Monday by the Executive Secretary of the Imo State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mrs Uche Ezeonyeasi, who visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp set up to house some flood victims in Oguta area.

 

She handed over to the displaced persons additional relief materials made available by the State government.

The Imo State government, through the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) had earlier provided relief materials to the flood victims.

Mrs Ezeonyeasi, however, noted that since flood was a natural disaster that could not be averted, SEMA had already done several sensitisation for the people of the zone prior to this time.

She disclosed that no lives were lost at the moment, but several homes and farmlands were badly affected.

According to her, the relief materials are to alleviate the sufferings of the flood victims.

The Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, also visited the flood victims to sympathise with them and also promised them of the State government’s support and care.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had issued an alert that there would be flood in some particular zones in the country of which Imo State was one of them.

 

VIDEO: I Did Not Resign As Imo Deputy Governor – Agbaso

The Imo State Deputy Governor, Jude Agbaso has denied resigning from over allegation of bribery by a panel of the state house of assembly.

The Imo State Deputy Governor, Jude Agbaso

Mr Agbaso was reported to have resigned from office last week for allegedly receiving N458 million bribe from a contractor, Joseph Dina engaged by the state government to construct the Sam Mbakwe road in Owerri, the state capital.

The deputy governor said he has not received any notice of impeachment from the state house of assembly and has not resigned from office as reported by a section of the media.

Some local newspaper had on Saturday reported that Mr Agbaso has officially tendered his resignation letter as Deputy Governor of the state.
The Imo State House of Assembly had last week served an impeachment notice on the deputy governor who is said to have fallen out of favour with Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Recall that Governor Rochas was given the governorship ticket of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2011 after he was alleged to have paid off Martin Agbaso, the elder brother of the deputy governor who was the party’s flag- bearer in 2007 and was known to be the leaders of the party in Imo State.

Apart from paying heavily to buy APGA ticket from Mr Agbaso, Governor Rochas was made to accept to have Mr Agbaso’s younger brother, Jude as his deputy, a condition he accepted without hesitation. Political analysts had predicted then that the marriage with the Agbbasos would be very brief.

Imo Assembly Probes Dep. Governor Over N458 Million Bribe

The Imo State House of Assembly has commenced investigation of the state Deputy Governor, Mr. Jude Agbaso, who is alleged to have solicited N458 million bribe from a road contractor.

Briefing journalists in his office at the Assembly complex in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the Speaker, Mr. Ben Uwajimogu said the investigation was instigated by a temporary report submitted by an ad-hoc committee verifying the award of road contracts in the local government areas as well as the municipals.

The Speaker claimed that during the verification exercise, a contractor handling some major road contracts in the state confessed to the ad-hoc committee that the deputy governor, who at the point of awarding the contract also doubled as the Commissioner for Works, demanded the sum of N458 million from him as gratification, with the promise of giving him more jobs.

The deputy governor has denied all the allegations, insisting that he never had any dealings with the said contractor.

The Speaker, however, maintained that investigations are still on-going by the ad-hoc committee, adding that the Assembly will get to the root of the matter.