Imo Governor Signs Two New Bills Into Law

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma addresses residents of the state in his Easter message at the Government House in Owerri on April 12, 2020.


The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has signed two new bills into law which was passed by the State House of Assembly.

The bills are “Imo Waste Management Agency bill” and the “Consolidation of Property and Land Use Charges Bill”.

Governor Uzodinma while accenting to the bills at the Government House in Owerri, explained that the “Waste Management Agency Bill will regulate the activities of the agency, curb indiscriminate dumping of refuse within the state and prosecute offenders who are found guilty of violating the law.

He added that the bill will also enable the government to take a cue from civilised countries where waste is converted into wealth.

The second bill, which is on the Consolidation of Property and Land Use Charges and other matters will help bring sanity to land acquisition and identification of landowners in the state.

The governor further noted that the law will make it compulsory for recertification of all Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) in line with an automation process already in place.

Okorocha Launches Emergency Rescue Health Centre In Imo

Rochas Okorocha, Imo, Health, The Imo State government has commissioned a 24-hour emergency response centre aimed at delivering quality healthcare to the people of the state.

Governor Rochas Okorocha explained that the gesture by the state government was to address the deficiencies in the health sector.

He added that it would also cater for the tough challenges faced by people with petty and immediate health issues before being referred to a bigger hospital for treatment.

The Governor enjoined the people of the state to take advantage of the newly commissioned facility.

He noted that his administration was committed to delivering quality and qualitative healthcare to the people of the state, saying it has been demonstrated in the building of 27 general hospitals across the state and the ‘health at your door step initiative’.

The launch comes few days after the state government floated a new airline for commercial purposes.

In her address, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Ngozi Njoku, revealed that the centre, which is located in the heart of Owerri, has state of the art medical facilities that can cater for immediate health challenges.

She said it also has a 24-hours rapid response telephone services and stationed ambulances to help discharge its primary duties as stipulated.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who was a special guest at the event, commended the Imo State government for the development.

Professor Adewole described it as a laudable gesture that would add value to the healthcare delivery system in the state.

Three Serving Southeast Governors To Join APC Soon – Okorocha

Imo Govt. Floats New Airline Says It Will Boost State EconomyThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has disclosed that three serving southeast governors would soon join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor disclosed during the APC southeast stakeholders’ meeting at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri, the state’s capital.

He called on the people of the region to continue to support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration so that the Igbos would not be left out in the scheme of things at the national level.

Governor Okorocha further disclosed that as a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, joins the APC, the vacuum of a national leader would be filled.

“Now that Igbo leaders are together in APC, Nigerians will hear us. There is a vaccum of leadership in the Southeast APC.

“I am a governor, my brothers Chris Ngige and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu are Ministers; hence the importance of Ken Nnamani coming at this time.

Right Party For The Igbos

“I decline of the leadership of Ndi-Igbo in APC. With Ken Nnamani, the question of who is the leader of APC in the southeast has been answered. Ken Nnamani is the leader of APC in the southeast.

“Senator Nnamani should then work with other leaders like Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Jim Nwobodo and a host of others to give Ndi-Igbo political direction.

“Those who have joined the party or who want to join should do so to build the party and not to cause confusion. APC is the right party for the Igbos and the only party that can guarantee Igbo presidency.

“We are going to support President Muhammadu Buhari for the eight years he is going to lead the nation.

“This is the time for Ndi-Igbo to come and work together. We are also going to use the Anambra election to show that APC has arrived southeast.

“The Igbos played bad politics in 2015. Today we have lost a lot. We are not anywhere because of our bad politics,” Okorocha added.

Politics Of Ideas

Supporting the notion, Senator Nnamani said the Igbos need more of their representatives at the national leadership of the APC where decisions were made, and even at the National Assembly and other strategic areas.

“Some of us going into APC are not doing so because of hunger, but in the interest of the Igbos.

“We should play politics of ideas, and avoid abusive words. Ndi-Igbo do not have the ingredients for opposition politics. We do not have the media or business or money to play opposition politics, but we won’t ask for handouts.

“How the Yorubas voted in 2015 should be an eye-opener. They voted both sides, but the south-east put their eggs in one basket. I am not of the view that everybody should be in APC, but those who have seen the need should do so.

“If governor Okorocha has realized that he needs more hands in APC, he should be commended. We are worst enemies of ourselves. If we work together we will go very very far. This is the time to play National Politics.

“Some people could say we have the Deputy Senate President, but he does not attend the meeting of APC caucus where important decisions are taken.

“We must think ahead. The benefit of that office is therefore personal and does not enhance the political fortunes of the south-east people,” the former Senate President said.

Okorocha Asks Corps Members To Lead ‘Buy Made In Nigeria’ Campaign

NYSC to push Made In Nigeria campaignThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to join the campaign for patronage of Made in Nigeria goods in order to grow and develop locally made products to address present economic challenges.

The governor’s message was conveyed by the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, to the corps members during the official opening of the Orientation Course for the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Stream II Corps members deployed to Imo State.

Mr Madumere stressed that buying Made in Nigeria products would help galvanise Nigerian economy and put it on the part of growth and sustainable development.

The nation’s economy is currently in recession.

“The initiative will not only encourage Nigerian investors but will spur other Nigerians to put to work their ingenuity in bringing solutions to Nigerian myriad problems since there will be a guaranteed market thereby saving foreign exchange,” he stressed.

The deputy governor, however, urged the corps members to partner with the Imo State government in its Back to Land Policy, which is one of the State government’s effort to boosting agricultural activities and agro-allied business in the State.

He reminded the corps members deployed to Imo State of the essence of NYSC scheme, which remains unity, love, patriotism and spirit of brotherhood.

Mr Madumere further assured the corps members that the Okorocha-led administration in the state was committed to ensuring that the corps members were comfortable throughout their service year.

Earlier in his address, the State Coordinator of the NYSC scheme in Imo State, Mr Olugbodi James, averred that the scheme placed high premium on the orientation course since it was a prelude to other major programmes lined up for a given service year.

He highlighted that it was organised to promote discipline, encourage positive attitude and introduce them to available skills and ventures through noble skills acquisition, entrepreneurial development.

He also expressed gratitude to Governor Okorocha for numerous projects he had carried out for the scheme, informing the corps members that the governor had promised to build extra two structures as requested by the scheme.

Imo Air: Imo Govt. Floats Airline, Says It Will Boost State’s Economy

Imo Govt. Floats New Airline, Says It Will Boost State's EconomyThe Imo state government has taken delivery of the first aircraft to kick start Nigeria’s first state-owned commercial airline named Imo Air.

It was a beehive of activities at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport as top Imo state government functionaries as well as Imo indigenes gathered to witness the arrival and official launch of the first aircraft in the fleet of the new state government flight operator Imo Air.

At about 11:45AM the aircraft landed from Lagos as people waited anxiously at the tarmac – the first of the five aircraft expected to run the air business for the state government.

While addressing the anxious crowd, the Imo state Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, said the new Imo Air is part of the plans and programmes of the his administration to boost the economy of the state and also generate employment opportunity for unemployed youths in the state.

The Governor said Owerri, Imo state capital, being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and now with a new airline, will become visible on world map, hereby boosting the investment and tourism potential of the state.

The Governor, while fielding questions from journalists after the official launch, said Imo Air is in partnership with a Nigerian local flight operator which will manage and operate the flight for Imo state government.

He said that this is because most times governments do not do well in business and particularly maintaining an airline business.

Some dignitaries present at the event lauded the initiative of the Imo state government acknowledging its potential to address the shortfalls in air transport in the south-east region and Nigeria as a whole.

The government has promised that by April 2017, the remaining four aircraft will arrive the state.

The new airline is expected to ply Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Sokoto, and other major states in the federation.

Okorocha Urges Igbos To Join APC, Targets One million

Okorocha Urges Igbos To Join APC, Targets One millionThe Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged his fellow citizens and Igbos in the south-east to register in large numbers with the All Progressives Congress (APC) during its ongoing nationwide registration of members.

The Governor made the call at a meeting with APC members and state development council members at the Sam Mbakwe executive chambers in the government house in Owerri, the state capital.

He said that the All Progressives Congress in Imo state was hoping to register not less than one million people into its fold so as to strengthen the party to give the necessary support to the APC-led federal government.

This, he said, would help the government to ensure that Nigerians continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

“In the ongoing APC nationwide registration, we in Imo APC are targeting not less than one million people to register with APC.

“There is wisdom in joining the APC which is the ruling party. So I want to urge all Imolites and by extension the Igbos to join APC so we can attract more dividends of democracy to our people,” he said.

The Governor also commended the recent move by the former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and former minister, Jim Nwobodo who recently joined the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party.

“I want to commend former Senate President, Ken Nnamani for his recent move into APC, it is highly commendable. Ken Nnamani is a man I respect and for this, he has earned more of my respect,” the Governor said.

Governor Okorocha Proposes N131bn As Imo’s 2017 Budget

Governor Okorocha Proposes N131bn As Imo's 2017 BudgetThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has presented before the Imo State House of Assembly, a budget of N131, 143,144,277 for the 2017 fiscal year.

During the presentation of the budget at the hallow chambers of the Imo state house of assembly in Owerri the state capital, Governor Okorocha announced that the document has been named “Budget Of Consolidation and Continuity II”.

Governor Okorocha disclosed that, capital expenditure has N77, 413, 2016, 169, equivalent to 59.03% while recurrent expenditure has N53, 729,938,108 equivalent to 40.97%.

He said that the 2017 budget proposal would seek to “stimulate the economy by focusing on infrastructural development, delivering inclusive growth, creating good environment for industry, commerce, tourism and investment”.

The proposed 2017 budget is higher than the 2016 budget by 27,934,662,247 which translates to 28.3% increase.

Imo Govt. Asks NYSC Members To Embrace Agriculture

Imo Govt. Asks NYSC Members To Embrace AgricultureThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged NYSC members posted to Imo state to key into the government’s agricultural programmes aimed at achieving food sufficiency, job and wealth creation for the nation.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy Eze Madumere gave this charge at the opening of three weeks’ orientation course for corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation camp in Eziama-Obire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of the State.

Mr Madumere noted that authorities in the 27 local government areas of the state have been directed to make farmlands available to NYSC members who have interest in agriculture.

The Deputy Governor urged the youths to take all the activities lined up for the orientation seriously, promising that government would continue to accord priority to the welfare of corps members serving in the state.

“Local government authorities in the state have been mandated to provide some piece of land to the NYSC scheme within their area for the purpose of farming. This will no doubt increase food production and sufficiency, (and) I urge the corps members to get ready to venture into agriculture and farming in a bit to improve their lives.

“I want to assure you that you will not regret your stay in Imo state as the Okorocha-led administration has utmost priority for corps members serving in Imo state. Feel free to mingle and ensure you also contribute your own quota to the development of the state within your short stay,” Madumere said

In an address, the State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr Isaac Fashanu, commended the Imo state government for approving the construction of additional hostels to ensure the comfort of corps members in the camp.

“His Excellency has just informed me that additional accommodation hostels have been approved for us in this camp. This gladdens my heart, knowing fully well that a government like this has great love for corps members,” Mr Fashanu said.

A total of 1,545 corps members took the oath of allegiance and they are expected to be in camp for three weeks, after which they would be posted to their different places of primary assignment.


Okorocha Rewards Paralympic Athletes In Imo

Rochas Okorocha, Paralympic-AthletesImo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has fulfilled his promises to the athletes in the just concluded Rio Paralympics from the state.

The Governor made good his pledge on Thursday as he rewarded the athletes with the sum of one million Naira each, a piece of land and a brand new car.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Uche Nwosu, presented the gift on behalf of the Governor to the beneficiaries at the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital in southeast Nigeria.

He commended the athletes for achieving such feat at the Olympic Games, saying they have made Nigeria proud and not only Imo state.

The reward was also extended to the coaches of the celebrated athletes.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, a gold medalist, Josephine Orji, thanked the Imo State government for the kind gesture.

Imo Industrial Park: Govt In $2bn Partnership With African Development Funding Group

Rochas Okorocha on Imo Industrial ParkThe Imo State government has signed a two billion dollars’ partnership with an international group, African Development Funding Group, to build and develop the proposed Imo Industrial Park.

The park will be built in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed at the Ndubuisi Kanu Executive Chambers at the Government House in Owerri the capital of Imo State in southeast Nigeria.

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, told reporters that the proposed Imo Industrial Park in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area would generate over one million jobs for youths not only in the state but in the country.

He said that the project would turn Imo State into an investment haven which would boost the economy of the country and also increase her gross domestic product.

Meanwhile, the Vice President of the African Development Funding Group, Duncan Otieno, said they were willing to partner with Imo State to actualise the project with main focus on road infrastructure, agriculture, construction, and logistics in the industrial park.

One of the delegates from the African Development Funding Group is the Nigerian Consul General to south Africa Mrs Uche Ajulu-Okeke.

NUJ Asks FG, States To Urgently Fix Federal Roads In Southeast

NUJ-LogoThe Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has decried the deplorable state of federal roads in Nigeria’s southeast region.

The NUJ calls on the Federal Government and governors of the five states in the region to as a matter of urgency, declare a state of emergency on the roads.

The National Vice Chairman of the union, Zone C, Chris Isiguzo, made the call on Friday at a meeting with the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, at the Government House in Owerri, the state’s capital.

Speaking in company of the NUJ executive members of Zone C, Mr Isiguzo described all the federal roads in the southeast as a ‘death trap’.

He identified the Owerri-Okigwe Road, Onitsha- Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Aba-Ikot-Ekpene-Uyo Expressway and Owerri-Port Harcourt Road among others as some of the important roads in the region.

The NUJ executive urged the Federal Government in collaboration with the governors to find a solution to the problem, so as to make life easier for the people of the south-east.

He also asked the governors to tackle the continuous attacks on the people of the region by suspected herdsmen.

In his response, Governor Okorocha blamed the road dilapidation in the region on previous governments, saying there were neglected.

However, he promised to call on his colleagues to see how most of the issues raised would be tackled headlong.

Imo, Kebbi To Collaborate In Agricultural And Educational Development

Agricultural and educational collaboration between Imo State and Kebbi

The Imo State government says it is in partnership agreement with Kebbi State government in agricultural and educational development.

The State Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, announced the plans at an executive meeting on Wednesday held at the Government House in Owerri, the capital of Imo state in south-east Nigeria.

He said that the state government was going into the partnership to tackle the current economic situation in Nigeria which had giving room for states to look inward.

Governor Okorocha said that the partnership programme would majorly be in rice production while the educational development will be in the area of Teachers training.

The Way To Go

He also told the gathering that his administration was more determined than ever to deploy all machineries to ensure that the partnership would be sustained for the benefit of Imo people, expressing hopes that Imo state would become an agrarian state which would sustain and generate more Internally Generated Revenue for the state.

Responding to comments of the delegates of Kebbi State the Governor said: “Now that you have heard from the horse’s mouth, this will now corroborate my back to agriculture policy for civil servants.

“Agriculture is still the way to go in this period of economic recession. The government will do all it can to invest in this partnership not for we the officials but for the benefits of all Imo citizens”.

The Governor also disclosed that the partnership would not only be in agriculture but also education.

Highlighting that Imo State is known for educational development and that the state has well qualified teachers, he said the state government would partner with Kebbi State government in training thousands of their teachers.

Apart from the presence of the executive members of the Imo State government, in attendance at the meeting was also the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress led by Comrade Austin Chilakpu. They all met with the Kebbi State government’s delegates led by Mr Saidu Argungu.

Kebbi State has been a success story in agriculture, especially rice production and Imo State is looking to adopt the Kebbi State template to join the list of states producing rice in large quantity in Nigeria.

Mr Argungu had earlier told the gathering that he had inspected most of the communities across Imo state where rice production could be more viable.
He said: “Imo state has all it takes to be one of the state in Africa that will become the largest producer of rice if the state government can invest in it and take farming and agriculture more seriously as the benefits and proceeds cannot be overemphasised”.

“The agricultural potential, especially in rice production, I see in Imo State since the last two days that I have been touring most of the communities is enormous.

“It is even more than the oil you have. If the government pays more attention to this rice farming, at the end of one year, Imo may be the largest exporter of rice in West Africa because Imo has water and favourable soil that is not present in other states” Mallam Argungu said.