Okorocha Asks Imo Indigenes To Bear Hardship Caused By Road Expansion

OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has made a passionate appeal to Imo indigenes to be patient with his government, and bear the hardship caused by ongoing road expansion, rehabilitation and urban renewal programme.

The Governor made the appeal on Friday in Imo State’s capital, Owerri while inspecting some of the ongoing road expansion and rehabilitation projects.

Governor Okorocha said his intention was to build Owerri as one of the finest cities in Nigeria where traffic congestion would be a thing of the past.

He said full work on the roads would commence immediately after the rains.

“You know you can’t make an omelette without breaking an egg. I am aware of the traffic congestion caused by this road expansion and urban renewal programme. Our people should please be patient. The rains have caused more delay for us, but I promise after the rains, work will start fully on these roads”, Okorocha told reporters.

He also stressed that his dream, as Governor and leader, was to make Owerri one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria where we will never experience traffic in the next 50 years.

China Roads

Despite these promises, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), however, is not satisfied with the state of the rehabilitation works.

Earlier at a press conference in Owerri, Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP in Imo state criticised the road rehabilitation and expansion, describing it as a “calculated attempt to cause untold hardship on indigenes of the state”.

The Chairman of the party, Mr Charles Ezekwem, said: “Today in Imo state, it takes you about one hour to get to World Bank Housing Estate from Ama J.K. or Bank Road. Our China roads have all been washed away and gotten so bad with just the beginning of rainy season. There’s avalanche of abandoned projects littering everywhere”.

The road expansion spans through most of the major and important roads within the state capital which in turn has caused a heavy gridlock within the metropolis, attracting so much criticisms from various quarters.

To also cushion the effect of the traffic, the Governor also directed that all Lorries and big trucks should desist from using major roads within the state capital by day until 11p.m local time.

Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Mourned by Thousands

Thousands of people trooped to the Tafawa Balewa Square, venue for the Lagos state organised funeral rite occassion for Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu to pay their last respect to the late Biafran warlord.

In attendance were notable national leaders who came to pay their tributes to the deceased, describing him as one of the greatest leaders in Nigeria.

Speaking at the event, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha who spoke in his native Igbo language, said that “with the departure of the icon, the Igbo nation must not mourn but celebrate the passage of Chief Ojukwu.” He said that Ojukwu is “not dead but alive.”

Chief Rochas charged every Igbo man that now is not the time to mourn but the time for them to rediscover themselves. He warned that “the ideals for which Ojukwu fought and died must never be in vain.”