Shettima, APC Governors Solicit Support For Buhari

APC - Kashim ShettimaBorno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has called on all Nigerians to be patient with the APC-led government to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people, even amidst the present challenges.

Governor Shettima made the appeal on Sunday in Owerri, when he led some other governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on an unofficial visit to the Imo State Government House in southeast Nigeria.

He spoke about the Issues facing the nation – the current fuel situation and economic challenges –  and commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for stabilising and maintaining peace in the northeast by winning the battle against the Boko Haram insurgents.

The Governor also solicited support for the Federal Government to sustain the feats made so far in the northeast and giving confidence to the Nigerian Army to fight the insurgents.

He added that if the Peoples Democratic Party had been in power, the situation in the country would have been worse.

Corroborating the Governor Shettima’s declarations, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, and his Jigawa and Niger counterparts urged Nigerians to be patient with the APC’s administration.

They claimed that the political party remained the only government that had the solution to the present challenges being faced in Nigeria.

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 Government Commences First Phase Of Immunization Against Polio

PolioThe Imo State Government has commenced the first phase of the 2016 immunization programme against polio across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.

Flagging off the campaign at Njaba Local Government Area in Imo State on Saturday, the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, said that the immunization campaign programme against polio is to once again, dramatize his administration’s zeal in delivering quality health care system for children in the state.

Governor Okorocha said that the programme would deliver children in the state from the hands of the deadly polio disease that had taken the lives of many innocent children over the years.

The Governor noted that the immunization would complement the news that Nigeria is now a polio free country.

He, however, enjoined all parents to take advantage of the immunization programme by the State Government, to immunize their children against polio and other form of diseases.

The Imo State Commissioner for Health, Ngozi Njoku, said that the campaign would go across the 27 local government areas of the state with the flag off in Njaba Local Government Area.

She said that the immunization programme against polio is part of the determination of the Okorocha led administration to affirm the good news that Nigeria is a polio free country.

As the Imo State Government takes the campaign to all the 27 Local Government Areas of the state, it would go a long way to put an end to any issue of polio among children in the state.

Okorocha Demands List Of Imo Citizens Serving Jail Terms In US

OkorochaThe Imo State Government has appealed to the United States to furnish the state government with a comprehensive list of all Imo citizens serving jail terms in their country.

This appeal is coming from Governor Rochas Okorocha when he was visited by the United States of America Consular General, Mr John Bray in Owerri, Imo state capital.

Governor Okorocha said the reason is to get details of the offenses committed to know if they have been tried and convicted, because some of them are languishing in various prisons over offenses they did not commit.

He appealed to the U.S Consular General to use his good office to revisit some of these cases with a view to release the innocent ones, especially those who are willing to return to Nigeria, in order to enjoy the dividends of the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In response to this, the US Consular General, Mr John Fray, who had a closed door meeting with the governor on some of the issues raised, said he is ready to partner with the state government.

Mr Fray added that the aim of his visit is to familiarize with people of the state, get acquainted with the socio-cultural pattern and way of life as well as know certain challenges faced by people in this part of the world.

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.

Imo Doctors Protest Alleged Hospital Concession Plan

imoMembers of the Nigerian Medical Association, Imo State Chapter, have called on the Imo State Government to abolish the ongoing plan to concession hospitals across the state.

The NMA made this call during a peaceful protest in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

They maintained that the association is not against the concession policy, but the government needs to follow some laid down procedures.

However, the protest turned bloody when one of the doctors was badly injured as a result of teargas allegedly fired by the Police to dispatch the protesters.

Visiting the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, where the injured victim was being treated, the doctor in charge noted that the victim lost so much blood but responded to treatment.

In reaction to the allegation, the Police in the state maintained that their men did not shoot at anyone but was trying to maintain peace when some hoodlums tried to hijack the protest.

Following this development, the Nigerian Medical Association in the state vowed to close down all health facilities until the issue has been resolved.

New Pump Price: Okorocha Intervenes In Lingering Fuel Crisis

Rochas-Okorocha on fuel crisisThe Imo State Government has intervened in the lingering fuel crisis rocking the state over the past two weeks.

The intervention came after the Independent Petroleum Marketers in Imo State shut down their stations and stopped dispensing fuel to the public in protest to an alleged intimidation and harassment of their members by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

In compliance with the Federal Government’s directive of ensuring that PMS is being sold at 86.50 Naira per litre, the DPR in Imo State embarked on a monitoring exercise to enforce this directive and forced most petrol stations to sell at 86.50 Naira per litre.

The action by the DPR angered the Independent Petroleum Marketers in the state as over 95 per cent of petroleum marketers shut down businesses to the public in what looked likes a protest.

They maintained that they do not buy the product at tank farms at government approved price and therefore, would not sell at 86.50 Naira per liter, or they will run at a loss.

Due to the hardship this has caused the people of the state, the State Governor and members of his cabinet scheduled a meeting with the petroleum marketers to resolve the lingering crisis.

After several minutes of dialogue, Governor Okorocha assured them that he would make necessary arrangement to ensure that issues raised would be addressed immediately and the product made available at the normal price.

If all promises by the State Government is kept, it is hoped that Independent Petroleum Marketers in the state would adhere strictly by selling at Federal Government approved price so as to alleviate the sufferings of Imo people who buy PMS at exorbitant rate.

Okorocha Commends Military Efforts In Fighting Terror

OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has praised the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers especially in the fight against the Boko Haram sect.

The Governor gave the commendation on Sunday at an interdenominational thanksgiving service organized by the Imo State government to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.

He extolled the soldiers for their courage and commitment in keeping the flag of the nation flying amidst all terrorism attacks and security challenges.

Governor Okorocha urged them to always remember that they have a great nation like Nigeria and her citizens to protect.

He encouraged all Nigerians not to be dismayed by the present state of the nation’s economy as the set time for Nigeria to rise to an enviable height in the world was near, especially with the change administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Also speaking at the gathering in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the Army Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze, who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Taiwo Durojaiye, enjoined Nigerians take advantage of the Arm Forces Remembrance Day celebration to remember the families of fallen heroes in order to encourage active soldiers.

Imo Pensioners Get Arrears From Government

pensioners-imoThe Imo State Government has commenced the payment of over 30 months pension arrears to pensioners across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.

During the disbursement of the cheques to pensioners, the Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Chinyere Ohandu, said the payment was in line with the promise of the Okorocha-led administration to clear all the backlogs of pension arrears.

She urged all pensioners who have not received their cheques to go to the appropriate offices and do their verification as soon as possible, in order to receive their own cheques.

The government also disclosed that the payment was done per categories.

Pensioners whose monthly pension is 10,000 Naira and below get 100 per cent payment while those whose monthly pension is 10,000 and above get 50,000 Naira.

Some of the beneficiaries who got their cheques commended the state government for fulfilling its promise, saying it will go a long way in alleviating their sufferings.

However, some pensioners, who lamented that their names were omitted from the payment list, appealed to the government to also come to their aid.

Imo Recovers Two Defunct Factories From NDIC

Imo Industrialisation: Government Recovers Two Defunct FactoriesThe Imo State government has recovered two major defunct state-owned factories which was formerly sold out to the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC).

In line with the total industrialisation programme of the present administration, the Resin Paints Industry in Aboh Mbaise and Paper Packaging Industry Limited in Owerre-Mbieri were recuperated after many years for non-productivity.

The State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, made the disclosure during the handing over ceremony at the Imo Trade Investment Centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital, South-East Nigeria.

Governor Okorocha stressed that the government was able to recover the two factories, which remains one of the greatest legacies of the late Governor Sam Mbakwe’s administration, from the NDIC at the verge of selling it out to prospective buyers.

A representative of the NDIC, Obaji Obaji, clearly stated that the Imo State government has completed all the transactions and done all the needful, as the two factories now fully belong to the Imo State government.

The Chairman of the Imo State Trade Investment Committee, Mr Rex Anunobi, and the state’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Non-formal Sector, John Uzoma, commended Governor Okorocha for achieving this laudable feat.

However, Governor Okorocha expressed hope that the recovery would generate massive employment for youths in the state and also increase the state’s internally generated revenue when full operations begins in the factories.

He also debunked allegations that he sold any government property since his tenure as the Governor, adding that he had revived and rehabilitated all abandoned and moribund projects by his predecessors.

The Governor reaffirmed that his administration is more determined than ever to open Imo State to the rest of the world through the industrialisation programmes and policies.

He urged the people of the state to support the government in its industrialization plan and also take advantage of these new factories to generate more revenue for the state.

Imo Govt. To Concession Non-Productive Parastatals

imoThe Imo State Government has concluded plans to concession the management of some parastatals in the state that has been perceived dormant and non-productive for a long period of time.

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, disclosed this at a meeting with Labour Union heads and workers of parastatals in the state, at the Sam Mbakwe expanded Executive Chambers at the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The Governor said that the move is to ensure that some parastatals are more viable and productive, so as to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the state and also cut down on government spending.

However, this decision by the state government did not go down well with Union and workers in the state which made the over four hours meeting end in a deadlock, as they insisted on payment of arrears before considering concession.

Meanwhile, some stakeholders in government have also appealed to the Union and workers in the state to support the decision of the government which is aimed at increasing productivity in government, and also enhance growth and development of the public service.

DSS Arrests Alleged Kidnap Kingpin In Imo

DSS Arrest Kidnap Kingpin Suspect In ImoThe Department of State Services (DSS), Imo State Command, has arrested one 28-year-old notorious kidnap kingpin, Henry Chibueze, also known as Vampire in the state.

Chibueze, who is a native of Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, south-east Nigeria, was arrested alongside his partner and his personal native doctor.

He confessed to being the brain behind many kidnappings in the state and the murder of his girlfriend, who he claimed stole 45 million Naira from a ransom paid by one of his victims.

The suspect was paraded by the State Director, Mr Francis Ejiofor, on Thursday at the DSS Command Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, in the presence of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Mr Ejiofor said that the suspect had been declared wanted by security operatives in Imo State, following his vicious criminal records within and outside the state.

The DSS boss narrated further that the suspect was trailed to Ohafia in the state, where he was receiving treatment following the gunshot wounds he sustained during a gun duel with men of the service.

While commending the DSS for a job well done, Governor Okorocha also challenged them to be more proactive in their duties and continue to fight crime in the state in the interest of Imo citizens.

Imo residents would be hoping that with the arrest of Henry Chibueze, various crimes, especially armed robbery and kidnapping, would be brought to its barest minimum in the state.

Meanwhile, to further check the spate of criminal activities in the state, the Imo State Government has donated 15 Toyota Hilux vans to security operatives in the state.