Okorocha’s Son-In-Law Uche Nwosu Dumps APC For AA

Uche Nwosu

 

Mr Uche Nwosu, the Son-in-Law to Governor Rochas Okorocha, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Action Alliance (AA).

Mr Nwosu, who is the immediate Chief of Staff to Governor Okorocha, made the announcement on Tuesday at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport in Owerri, the state capital.

His announcement follows a battle over the choice of candidate to fly the party’s flag.

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After losing to Senator Hope Uzodinma, he blamed the loss on the alleged failure of the party’s leadership to grant him the ticket.

Nwosu however, remains optimistic that he would become the next Governor of the state and succeed Okorocha in 2019.

Imo Primary: Uche Nwosu Emerges APC Governorship Candidate

Imo APC Governorship Candidate, Uche Nwosu

 

The Former Chief of Staff to the Imo state Government, Uche Nwosu, has emerged as the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship primary election for the state.

Mr Nwosu polled a total of 269,524 votes to beat his closest rival Chuks Ololo who got 6,428 votes.

The Chairman of the Governorship Primary Electoral Committee, Brigadier General Ibrahim Agbabiaka, who announced the results said, “having scored the highest votes in the election to beat eight other aspirants, Uche Nwosu has been declared as the winner of the election”.

Mr Nwosu while reacting to his victory said, in the spirit of sportsmanship, he is extending his hand of fellowship to other aspirants who contested the election to work together for the success of the party in the 2019 elections.

He assured Imo indigenes that “if elected Governor of the state in 2019, he will not disappoint the people”.

Leadership Begins With Vision, Imo Govt. Tells Students

Leadership Begins With Vision Imo Govt. Tells StudentsThe Imo state government has urged students in secondary schools to live up to expectation by imbibing leadership qualities that are legacy driven.

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere made this call in Owerri the Imo state capital southeast Nigeria during the inauguration of the new executive members of the National Union of Imo State Students (NUISS).

Delivering a lecture with the theme “Dare to be Different”, the Deputy Governor warned student leaders against making the mistakes of some of their predecessors who preferred momentary gains to leaving a legacy that will see them through in life.

He advised them to eschew decadence and embrace leadership qualities of vision, sacrifice, team spirit, hardwork and leaving good legacies for posterity sake.

“Great leaders never lose sight of their goal. Leadership begins with vision and end with mobilizing the people to reaching a goal of greatness.

“So, leadership is not a selfish engagement, and never a vocation for the greed. You are only sacrificing your time, energy and your intellect with a view to bringing desired positive change in the psyche of the people you lead”.

He urged them to emulate role models like Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state who chose to work and sacrifice for a brighter future for the present younger generation of Imo State through his free education policy and other people-oriented policies.

Mr Madumere warned the students against cyber-crime and unrestrained release of immoral photos, videos and other materials, the practice he said might be counterproductive and limiting to them in the future.

Speaking earlier, the Patron of the National Union of Imo State Students and Chief of Staff to the Imo state government, Uche Nwosu, advised the newly elected leaders to be of good behavior and law abiding assuring them of government support while their tenure lasts.

Responding on behalf of his executive members and the legislative arm of the body, the new President of NUISS, Nzeh Franklin, promised to defend the constitution of the student body and live up to the expectation of the watching public by their good conduct and performance.

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.

Okorocha Donates Patrol Vans To Imo Security Network

Rochas OkorochaThe Imo State government has donated 20 Hilux vehicles to the Imo Security Network, a local security agency in the state.

This development comes as a way of boosting security surveillance and monitoring, as the Imo State government expresses worry over the rising spate of kidnapping in the state.

The vehicles were donated on Wednesday by the Imo State Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, who represented Governor Okorocha at the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chambers at the Government House in Owerri, the state capital in southeast Nigeria.

He said that the patrol vehicles would go a long way in fighting crime, especially kidnapping and other related criminal activities in the State.

While reiterating his commitment to providing adequate security for the people of the state, Governor Okorocha urged the local security agency to work closely and partner with other agencies in the state to reduce crime.

He also gave cash rewards to 50 personnel among the security men for creditably doing well in the discharge of their duties.

Receiving the patrol vehicles, the coordinator of the agency commended the state government, while he added that they would sustain their cooperation with other security agencies to eliminate crime in the state.

NLC Protests Alleged Retrenchment Of Workers

NLCThe Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) have staged a protest in Owerri, Imo State capital, against the alleged retrenchment of workers and salary cut of workers by the state government.

The NLC, led by its National President, Ayuba Waba, on Wednesday, demanded that the government pay the salaries of some parastatals.

The workers matched through the streets of Owerri, causing traffic gridlock and carrying various placards at the Nigerian Medical Association Complex along Port Harcourt road.

Mr Waba assured the workers that the leadership of the NLC would support them and ensure that they got what they deserved from the state government.

He added that the association would ensure that the government would not sack any worker.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Uche Nwosu, who spoke to reporters, said that the report was false.

Mr Nwosu debunked allegations of retrenching any worker nor slashing the salaries of workers in the state.

“The government has not intimidated or harassed any staff in the course of their duty,” he stressed.

He said that some policies of the government relating to workers were to make the state more viable in the face of the present economic situation in Nigeria.

Mr Nwosu, however, called on labour leaders to verify the authenticity of the said issues before casting aspersions on the government.

The Labour Union and the State Government had held a closed door meeting to find a way of resolving the issue at hand, amicably.

FERMA Begins Repair Of Failed Roads In Imo

FERMA Begins Repair Of Failed Roads In ImoThe Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has commenced the resurfacing and patching of some inter-state roads that need urgent attention in Imo State.

This is coming after the lamentation of road users, residents and the state government on the bad condition of the roads.

One of these roads is the Owerri-Onitsha Road which is an inter-state road that begins from the control junction of Owerri Municipal and ends in Onitsha, Anambra State’s commercial capital.

The Chief of Staff to the Imo State government, Uche Nwosu, disclosed that the state government had at a point, embarked on a short term remedy of a major failed portion of Owerri-Onitsha Road which was over 60km, to alleviate the sufferings of road users when the federal government was not forthcoming.

The South-East Zonal Coordinator of FERMA, Rufus Onimisi, who was represented by the agency’s engineer in Imo State, Chukwuemeka Maduagwu, said that the agency was committed to ensuring that all failed federal roads in the south-east receive maximum attention, especially since the rains were over.

Mr Maduagwu implored residents and road users to desist from dumping refuse on drainage channels pointing out that it was the major cause of most of the failed sections of the roads.

He added that FERMA has begun the process of cleaning up the drainage and ensuring that there is free flow of traffic especially on the Owerri-Onitsha road during the yuletide.

The FERMA official also said that arrangements were in place to intervene at the very critically failed location around KM 0+200 area of the Owerri-Port Harcourt road to ease vehicular movement.

Roads users and some residents of Owerri commended the federal government for the new development as it would go a long way to reduce the traffic congestion experienced on the roads.

They expressed hope that the government, through FERMA and the Ministry of Works would extend the gesture to other failed federal roads across the south-east region to give it a total face-lift before the rains start in 2016.

Okorocha Swears-In New SSG, Chief Of Staff

Rochas OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has sworn in Jude Ejiogu as the newly appointed Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Uche Nwosu as the State’s Chief of Staff.

The swearing-in ceremony was held on Monday at the Sam Mbakwe expanded Exco Chambers at the Government House in Owerri, Imo State Capital.

At the event the inauguration of Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuomeodo, and some other Senior Special Assistants was also held.

Governor Okorocha, while speaking at the ceremony, reiterated his commitment to the development of the state, saying “developing Imo State is key in my rescue mission and it can only be achieved through the establishment of industries and job creation for teaming unemployed youths in the state”.

While advising the newly sworn-in appointees, Governor Okorocha urged them to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and be a strong apostle of the rescue mission to make Imo a better state.

He also said that the next four years of his administration would focus more on how to generate wealth for the people of the state and create adequate jobs for the teaming unemployed youths in the state.

“Imperative in my agenda for the future generation in the state is leaving a lasting legacy of a well developed state,” he stressed.

Speaking to Journalists after the event, the SSG, Jude Ejiogu, on behalf of the appointees, said they would not fail in supporting the government and delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.

Governor Okorocha Dissolves Cabinet, Appoints New SSG, Others

OkorochaThe Imo State Governor has on Monday night, dissolved his state expanded Executive Members and appointed new Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff and Chief Press Secretary to the Imo State Government.

In a statement by Governor Rochas Okorocha, read on the State Broadcasting Corporation, the Governor announced the appointment of Sir Jude Ejiogu, who was his immediate past Chief of Staff, as the new Secretary to the Imo State Government (SSG).

Governor Okorocha also appointed Mr Uche Nwosu, the former Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, as the Chief of Staff to the State Government and former Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, got the position of the Chief Press Secretary.

Meanwhile, the Governor has suspended the Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University (IMSU), Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie and directed the former Commissioner of Education in the state, Professor Adaobi Obasi, to take the seat in acting capacity.

Okorocha Picks Imo APC Governorship Ticket After Losing Presidential

OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has picked the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in absentia as he was still in Lagos for the party’s National Convention which ended on Thursday evening.

Okorocha’s emergence as the party’s governorship flag bearer in the state came barely few hours after coming fourth in the just concluded APC presidential primary elections at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

During the Owerri event, which took place at the Imo International Conference Centre, the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, Uche Nwosu, who was secretly adopted as the APC governorship candidate by the party’s delegates, announced his withdrawal from the race.

Speaking before the ratification of the Governor’s candidature, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. John Alamba, said that the party had the power to substitute any candidate that withdraws from the race.

Nwosu, in his brief speech said that his withdrawal from the race was based on personal and family reasons, adding that the interest of the party supersedes his personal ambition.

He enjoined the party members to give same support and solidarity to the new candidate, Governor Okorocha.

Apart from the delegates, also present at the event were all the state executive of the Imo State All Progressives Congress, except the Chairman who was still in Lagos, members of the Okorocha’s cabinet and other state appointees.

Imo state to computerise land documents and allocation

The Imo state government has established a new agency called the Imo Geographical Information Agency a subsidiary of the Ministry of Lands and Survey with the main priority of making sure that all land documents and data are being computerised and also ensure that there is adequate information on all the Lands allocated in Imo State.

Speaking to Channels Television in Owerri the Imo state capital after an executive council meeting, the Imo State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mr. Uche Nwosu said the establishment of the agency is in line with the Okorocha led administration’s aim of tackling corruption in the Ministry of Land as well as fulfill his promise of adding new technological skills in all the state Ministries.

He said “with the establishment of the agency, there won’t be any case of missing files, double allocation of lands and forgery of Certificate of occupancy”.

Nwosu also said “all Landlords and Land owners in the State especially in the state capital will have to come back and register afresh with the agency so they could have a new database”.

The Commissioner debunked the allegations that the state government is forcefully revoking Lands belonging to individuals in the state, saying lands were only revoked from land owners who have not adhered strictly to the Land Use Act of Imo state and Nigeria.