Imo Govt. Floats New Airline Says It Will Boost State Economy

Imo Govt. Floats New Airline Says It Will Boost State EconomyThe Imo state government has taken delivery of the first air craft to kick start the first state owned commercial airline named Imo Air.

During the official launch of the new airline at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo airport in Owerri, the Imo state capital, the Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha said the investment by the state government is to boost its economic activities.

He also believes that it would increase the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, as well as generate employment opportunities for its teaming unemployed youths.

The Governor noted that it has been his dream and sincere desire to position Imo state on the fast lane of development, prosperity and growth, adding that he won’t rest on his oars until that dream is realised.

He also said that Imo is not affected by the much-talked about recession in the country because according to him, some people might wonder why the state would dabble into airline business in time of recession.

“This is a happy moment in the state. The aim of going into the air business is because I want to drive traffic to Imo state as Imo is genuinely becoming the fastest developing City outside Abuja and Lagos.

“For this, there is need for more airlines to cushion the effects of high traffic coming to the state,” he added.

Furthermore he stated that the “Imo government does not have an operating air license. So we needed to partner with a good and qualified airline operator, hence, the choice of DANA Air because of its proven track record and sincerity of purpose.

“The Imo Air will be operated by DANA and we have a contract of ten years with them. We have five of this aircrafts and the first one has just landed and four others will start operation in few weeks time.

“The International Cargo Airport will soon kick-start to supplement the efforts of Imo Air.

“Work is going on smoothly and by April, the fastest International Cargo Plane will arrive Imo State. This, we believe will help drive up commercial activities in the state.

“Imo is a hub for business and there is no better place to invest now in Nigeria than Imo state. Inspite of the recession, the state is still flourishing and progressing because of its visionary leadership,” Okorocha said.

He also hinted that “Imo Air will offer a 10% discount to all indigenes of the state flying the Plane and the operation will equally employ over 30% of Imo sons and daughters to help in the management of the Imo Air”.

Some dignitaries present at the event lauded the initiative of the state government, stating that it would go a long way to address the shortfalls in air transport in the south east and Nigeria as a whole.

The Commissioner for Work and Transport, Josephine Udoji said “When we launched our Imo Mass Transit buses, we engaged not less than 300 unemployed youths.

“Today they are earning not less than 30,000 Naira and some are earning 50,000 Naira from that project.

“We also came and saw the need to launch the Cabs which we did at a subsidised price so our people can now be owners of cars.

“People are also employed in that sector. Today I have on my desk not less than 473 applications from unemployed youths and they are the people we are going to engage for the services of this Imo Air.

“By all these policies, I think we’ve been alleviating the sufferings of the poor unemployed youths in Imo state.

All our projects are centered on human development.” She said.

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.

Imo Govt. Attracts 1bn Naira From CBN To Support MSMEs

Imo, CBN, MSMEs, Rochas Okorocha,The Imo State government says it will commence the disbursement of one billion naira to operators of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.

The State government had applied for two billion naira, but got the approval for one billion naira after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had announced that it has earmarked 200 billion naira for MSMEs.

The disbursement plan was disclosed by the state’s Commissioner for Planning, Mr Iyke Njoku, during an interactive session with journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital in southeast Nigeria.

The commissioner, who is also the Chief Economic Adviser to the State Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, explained that the loan was obtained from the apex bank to boost and support MSMEs in the state.

He hinted that the loan was expected to be repaid within a period of one to three years.

Mr Njoku, however, said that the loan would be strictly monitored by the state government to ensure it was not diverted from the purpose it was meant for.

Army Leadership Commits To Building Professionally Responsive Personnel

Nigerian ArmyThe leadership of the Nigerian Army says it is committed to building  a professionally responsive personnel to ensure adequate containment of various security threats through the conduct of sustained internal security operations and exercises.

This is part of resolutions put forward at the end of a 4-day 2016 Chief of Army Staff Conference held in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

Presenting an eight-point communique to reporters after the conference, the Nigerian Army said it remained committed to security of lives and property of Nigerians and the nation territories, as amply demonstrated in the outgoing year, 2016.

Earlier in his closing remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, expressed optimism that the recommendations and deliberations arrived at during the conference would be useful in tackling the security challenges in Nigeria, especially in the northeast.

The State’s Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, who was at the closing ceremony of the conference, commended the Nigerian Army for finding time to brainstorm on how to tackle the security challenges facing the nation.

He asked the Nigerian Army to ensure that recommendations and suggestions from the conference were implemented to the letter.

Amongst the resolutions reached is the Nigerian Army’s commitment to containing the various security threats through the conduct of sustained internal security operations.

The Army also emphasised the need to expand ongoing collaborations and partnership with the private sector, as part of Nigerian Army’s diversification drive in enhancing maintenance capacity and promoting local production.

The Chief of Policy and plans Nigerian Army, Major General Lincoln Ogunewe, who read the recommendations, also commended the efforts of the Nigerian Army in reassuring the government and citizens of the protection of lives and property.

Hopefully, if the recommendations and suggestions from this conference will be implemented, more successes would be recorded in the fight against terrorism and militancy in the years ahead.

Akeredolu Warns Supporters Against ‘External Influence’

Ondo elections, Akeredolu Warns Supporters Against External Influence The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has urged Ondo residents not to allow external influence deter them from supporting APC in the state.

Akeredolu said that those sponsoring the Alliance for Democracy see the people of the state as fools.

The APC flagbearer who noted that since the sponsors of the AD still have the APC government in their states, they are only taking the people of Ondo state for a fool for asking them to vote AD into government.

Akeredolu spoke at a rally in Obanla, Akure south local government in continuation of his local government campaign tour.

The APC candidate said “despite the fact that we have pleaded and also sent prominent people to appeal to them, some politicians in the southwest wanted to use the sunshine state as an object of political experiment”.

“Asking Ondo state people to vote for the AD while the sponsor states are still controlled by the APC is an insult on the sensibility of the people of Ondo state,” he said.

Akeredolu further said “if the sponsors of the AD candidate, Olusola Oke, are serious, they should first decamp to the AD in their respective states rather than stay under the guise of APC and continue to sponsor AD.

“The people of the state cannot be relegated into third citizens. The people of the sunshine state also deserve to enjoy the good of the APC in Lagos and Osun states,” he maintained.

Akeredolu charged the people not to be afraid and assured them that nobody can take away their rights.

He urged supporters and members of the party to embark on house-to-house campaign to enlighten the people on the need to stand against external influence.

The APC candidate said that the task to rescue the state and reposition it must be undertaken by all the good people of the state.

Earlier, Akeredolu took his campaign to the popular market along Oba Adesida raod, Akure where he was given a rousing reception by the market women.

He also visited Ilekun, Oda, Apomu, Isinka and Ipinsa where he addressed the traditional rulers on why they should support the APC.


I’ll Offer Leadership With Integrity – Akeredolu

Ondo elections, I’ll Offer Leadership With Integrity, Rotimi AkeredoluThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said he is prepared to offer leadership with integrity that will move the state forward.

Akeredolu said the state is where it is because of lack of dedication by those at the helm of affairs of the state.

The APC governorship candidate spoke on Wednesday, November 16 at an economic summit organized by the Sunshine Progressives Coalition (SPC) held at the Adegbemile Cutulral center, Akure.

Akeredolu said if elected he would drive economic and industrial revolution into the state through foreign investors with federal government partnership.

The legal practitioner lamented the absence of industries in the state, and noted that the state was in dire need of investments.

He promised to run a government that would encourage investors to come to the state, as his government will not close its door to anybody who is willing to invest in the state.

Akeredolu also regretted that Ondo lost the opportunity to have Dangote Refinery sited in the state, and assured the cheering crowd that he would bring another refinery to the state.

He said the sunshine state, having the longest shore line and the deepest part of the sea in the country deserves a sea port.

The APC flagbearer said such developmental project is part of the reasons why the people of the state must vote APC into power so as to use the federal government advantage to accelerate the spate of the projects.

He said that the state is blessed with untapped natural resources which will attract lots of development.

He said “I can assure you, we will get refinery back to Ondo State. We will try to bring one that is bigger than the one Dangote wanted to bring here.

“But if we can’t get bigger one, at least we will get a refinery in Ondo state. We have the longest shore line in Nigeria, we have the deepest part of the sea, and yet, we don’t have a port.

“The only way we can get a port is through the Federal government’s support, even if we bring private companies to build ports, we will need the federal government to give license

“That is why we need to vote for a party that is in the center. We need investment in this state, don’t close your door to anybody, I will not close the door to those who are interested in investing in this state

“It is only in Ondo state today that we can grow rice but our government is lazy, up till today , we don’t have a programme about rice production and in North, some of the state have completed their programme. They have harvested, they have a lot to eat, sell to us and even import,” he stressed.

Ondo Election: Progressives Governors’ Chair Says Forum Supports Akeredolu

Okorocha rallies support for akeredoluThe Governor of Imo State, Mr Rochas Okorocha, says there is no division among the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the emergence of the governorship candidate of the party in Ondo state, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Addressing reporters in Ondo State on Tuesday, Governor Okorocha said that the party was united and indivisible.

The governor disclosed that all the APC governors had met and resolved to work for the victory of the party and its candidate, Mr Akeredolu in the forthcoming governorship election.

Governor Okorocha was in the state’s capital to rally votes for Mr Akeredolu from the Igbo community in the state.

The Imo State Governor emphasised that the emergence of Akeredolu as the flagbearer of the party was solely the choice of the people of the state.

He said: “Your majesty, just to announce to you that I am here on behalf of all the APC governors. We are now 23 in number, plus one, twenty four and this includes all the APC governors in the south west, all APC governors in the south east, North central, North east, north-west and south-south. All of us are together.

“We are just here to support our in-coming colleague. Let me correct one impression. All APC governors met and have resolved to support our candidate. There is no division in our family, and APC is still one

“That is why the father of APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, will be coming on Saturday, and will address the people of the state to clear the air on those who doubt the unity of our party. We are united

“What brought us together is not interest to acquire power. It is the interest to bring the necessary change for economic emancipation of our great nation

“So, I am here to inform you that I came and Aketi has been chosen by all of us and we are solidly behind him. We are unshakably behind him

“In the next couple of days, the dust of Akure will raise to usher in the new governor. We believe in Change and believe me, my prayer is that Ondo state should not be outside this change arrangement

“We looked carefully and we did not force anyone to give us a candidate. We want the people to choose who they want and Akeredolu is as a result of that exercise.

“Akeredolu was never imposed by anybody. No party leader gave him any money, We allowed Akeredolu to come here and test his popularity but the people has spoken and since the people has spoken and given him to us, it is now our responsibility to support him and give him success

“Akeredolu is a man who has a heart of gold. He does not believe in primitive accumulation of wealth. He will make a good governor. He is not wealthy. He is not rich, not because he doesn’t have the wisdom to make the money, but because he believed that it should be shared equally”.

In his response, the Deji of Akure and paramount ruler of Akure kingdom, assured the governor that the people of Akure are solidly behind the APC and Akeredolu.

“By the grace of God, Akeredolu will get there, so Akure people are solidly behind him. There is no doubt about that. When we have the state and have the federal , what else do we need?

“Whatever we want, we will get it, so this time, whatever Akure wants, Akure should get – federal appointments and state appointments. We are behind the incoming governor. We will be prepared for the President’s visit.

The IMO State Governor, Rochas Okorocha also visited the Ezendigbo 1 of Ondo State, Igwe Gregory Iloehika and his other leaders of the Igbo people in Akure to seek their support for Barr Rotimi Akeredolu in the November 26 governorship Election.

Imo Govt Distributes New Certificate of Occupancy To Residents

APC GovernorsThe Imo state government has commenced the issuance of the new designed Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to property owners in Imo state.

The issuance was done during the official flag off of the signing of the new Certificate of Occupancy at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri the Imo state capital.

The Imo State governor Mr. Rochas Okorocha represented by the Secretary to the State Government, George Eche says the new C of O will put an end to land racketeering and forgery in the Ministry of Lands and will in turn boost the Internally Generated Revenue of the state government.

The Commissioner of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning Mr. Law Eberuo also disclosed that the new C of O is cheaper to acquire as the processes have also been simplified.

He further revealed that the state government through the Ministry of Lands has also introduced digitalization of ministry to ensure proper data analysis and enhance express search of documents in the ministry.

Owerri Landlords, CDA Clash Over Land Grabbing

Owerri, Imo, OCDA, Land Grabbing
The residents say the CDA is trying to take their lands away from them.

Landowners in Otu-Umuoboji-Umuorie community of Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo state, have accused the Owerri Capital Development Authority of alleged land grabbing and illegal demolition of their property.

The landowners came out in their numbers in a peaceful protest against the actions of the OCDA, who allegedly destroyed properties both still under construction and completed, worth millions of Naira.

Carrying placards with various inscriptions, they called on the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha to quickly intervene to prevent any breakdown of law and order in the state.

Uratta-Egbu estate residents expressed disappointment in the actions of the OCDA whom they claimed earlier authorised the erection of buildings in the area.

They insisted that the demolition exercise by the management of the Owerri Capital Development Authority is a calculated attempt to snatch their lands illegally without recourse to due process.

The residents also said the land was bought legally with all valid documents including approval from the same authority claiming to be sent by the government.

According to them, there has been deliberate extortion from landowners who also maintained that some other properties were left untouched once a certain sum of money is paid as kickback to the authority.

Meanwhile, the management of the Owerri Capital Development Authority responding to these allegations said the accusations by the landowners in the area are untrue.

The General Manager of OCDA Chidiebere Nwaoga maintained that the land where the acclaimed landowners were erecting their property, belongs to the government.

He added that prior to that time, the area had been mapped out for schools, hospitals and other state projects, asserting that no amount of blackmail or rejection can stop the authority from carrying out its primary responsibility.

The victims have however called on the Governor Okorocha to help them reclaim their land as they insist the OCDA has been acting in isolation from the government.

Okorocha Urges Aspiring Political Office Holders To Initiate Life Changing Projects

Free EducationThe Imo State Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has urged all aspiring political office holders in the state to endeavour to identify with the grassroots and initiate projects and/or programmes that will touch the lives of people in the grassroots.

The Governor made this call while commissioning the last of the series of the Nneoma Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Centre at Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State.

The Governor said every political or elective office has an expiring date and as such, the positive impact made in many people’s lives through positive programmes and policies will be the legacy holders of such offices will be remembered for.

Governor Okorocha further noted that the establishment of the skills acquisition and empowerment centre by the Office of the First Lady is in line with his campaign promise of creating employment, industries and factories in the state.

Chairman of the occasion, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, commended the APC-led administration in the state for the project, adding that it will go a long way to tackle the issue of unemployment in the state.

He urged the people of the state to support the APC-led administration, at federal and state level, to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

The Nneoma Skills Acquisition and Economic Empowerment Centre is meant to give 3 to 6 months free training on vocational skills such as fashion designing, cosmetology, photography, catering, hair dressing and computer training with a certificate affiliated to the Imo State Polytechnic.

Nyako’s Impeachment Adds No Value To Nation’s Growth – APC

Murtala NyakoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) says the impeachment of the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, has no iota of value to add to the Nigeria’s growth and development, and even to the progress of Adamawa State.

In a statement by the chairman of the APC Governors Forum, Mr Rochas Okorocha, released hours after the impeachment on Tuesday, the party stressed that the impeachment of the governor was not what the country needed at a period it is faced with serious security challenges.

Governor Okorocha expressed surprise that in spite of appeals and steps taken by patriotic leaders across the country to make the members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly review their impeachment move against the governor, with a view to resolving whatever was the bone of contention, the legislators still carried out the impeachment.

“What the nation needs most this time should be ideas, unity of purpose and patriotism to deal decisively with the lingering security problems threatening our nationhood and not actions that would further inject bad blood among the leaders of this country and the citizenry in general.

“The impeachment of the Adamawa State Governor and similar impeachment threats against the governors of Nasarawa, Edo, Rivers and so on, could be explained as bad politics of intimidation aimed at stifling the APC as a party and threatening our nascent democracy,” the statement read.

The APC insisted that the impeachment was not a good image laundering for Nigeria, saying it will not encourage other nations willing to help Nigeria come out of the security problem to take  the nation serious.

The impeachment by the State House of Assembly members came after the lawmakers received the report of a panel set up to look at the allegations of financial impropriety against the impeached governor and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.

The Adamawa State House of Assembly’s speaker, Umaru Fintiri, has been sworn-in as the Acting Governor.

Earlier, the state Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, resigned from office to avoid being impeached.

Mr Ngilari’s resignation letter was read at plenary by the speaker of the Assembly, Umaru Fintiri, after which the lawmakers approved it.