Independence Service: Governor Ihedioha reassures on Rebuild Imo Project
..Appeals to political opponents to sheath sword.
..Unveils Plan for Returnees of Xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
…Says Imo, no longer a laughing stock.
Governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON has reassured the people of the State of his administration’s determination to overcome the daunting challenges confronting the State.
Speaking at a Church service to mark the nation’s 59th Independence Anniversary at the Assumpta Catholic Cathedral Owerri, Sunday, he said these are not the best of times for the state and the nation at large, but assured that his administration remains strengthened by the challenges and task ahead in rebuilding the State.
He said the level of devastation in the State as well as the expectation are huge, assuring of his administration’s ability to overcome them.
The governor who was accompanied by his wife, Lady Ebere, called for patience and prayers for his administration in the onerous task of moving the State away from ruins.
“We are rebuilding infrastructure, institutions and our psyche as a people. We are also working in harmony with the legislature and the judiciary.
“The demands are huge and we have the ability to overcome them. We need your prayers and advise. As humans, we do have our shortcomings.”
He said Imo State is no longer a laughing stock in the federation as it was in the past, because of the proactive steps taken by his administration to get the State back on track.
The governor urged the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Metropolitan Province, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna to appeal to those who have different political leanings to sheath their sword and join hands with him to rebuild the State, reassuring of his commitment to inclusive government.
“I plead with our brothers and sisters to forget about yesterday and think of today and join us to rebuild our State. The time for politics is over, this is a time for governance and all hands should be on deck.This is the time to rebuild our communities, the local governments and the entire State”
He said his administration has two bills aimed at strengthening the Imo State Emergency Management Agency and the Diaspora Affairs that will be sent to the Imo State House of Assembly for consideration to deal with emergency situations such as citizens of the State who were victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
He assured that the returnees from South Africa of Imo State origin who were displaced during the xenophobic attacks, would be assisted by the State government.
He said “Imo State has the highest number of returnees from South Africa. It is the first State in the federation that has meet federal government conditions in rehabilitating the returnees.
On the ease of doing business in the state, Governor Ihedioha said that the state has recorded significant progress which has seen to the improvement of the abysmal rating since his administration came on board.
“In the past, Imo State ranked 37/37 in World Bank ranking of ease of doing business. Investors ran away from the State. Even Imo State indigenes who returned home to invest in our State could not do so. All that has changed because there has been improvement in the rankings” he said.
He called for continuous prayers from the church, assuring that government will continue to work with the church for the upliftment of the State.
Earlier in his homily, His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical province who officiated the mass, decried the level of poverty and insecurity in the country and tasked the federal government on their responsibilities.
The revered clergy also prayed for divine wisdom and grace upon the governor and his team, as well as leaders in the state and the nation at large, to enable them deliver on their expectations for the good of the people.
The church service had in attendance, critical stakeholders in the state including the Deputy Governor, Hon. Gerald Irona and his wife, former Governor of Imo State, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Judge of the State, Chief Pascal Nnadi, Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH, Eze Sam Ohiri, Chairman, Igbo Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, heads of various security agencies in the state, Commissioners and top government officials among many others.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
September 29, 2019