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Governor Okorocha orders arrest of contractors for non-performance at Ehime-Mbano

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Ehime Mbano people on March 26, 2014 cried out against neglect by contractors who they said collected colossal sums of money from the coffers of the state and local government but failed to execute projects duly awarded to them.

Startling revelations were made as the state governor visited Ehime Mbano LGA on inspection of projects and evaluation.

The Governor was worried that developmental projects geared towards providing dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots were being aborted and sabotaged by various contactors who collected heavy sums of money but failed to execute projects.

The State Governor who was visibly infuriated had to order security agents to arrest some of the defaulting contractors.

According to him, the state government awarded 19.3 kilometer road construction projects valued at 1.58 billion naira.  He informed the bewildered audience that so far 596 million naira has been spent and paid to the contractors on the various road projects.

Governor Okorocha listed numerous communities where road projects were paid for but not executed including Umualumaku, Agbaja, Nzerem, Umuezegwu, Umuezeala and Umueze 1 road among others.

The road leading from Umualumaku-Nkwodurukwu via Orieagu is among the worst hit as nothing visible has been done, while the contractor has allegedly collected 18 million naira.

Amongst intermittent shouts of “My People, My People’ and “My Governor, My Governor”, Governor Rochas Okorocha went further to narrate how he built 27 new general hospitals, three hundred and five school building projects, provide free education at all levels and at the same time give stipends to students and pupils.

Supervisory Councilor for Women Affairs, Mrs. Ngozi Dan Onyeukwu in her view observed that the numerous uncompleted projects within the communities will be completed after the governor’s visitation.

Hon. Kingsley Dimaku, House of Assembly member representing Ehime Mbano State Constituency assisted the governor with detailed information statistics and data on the true situation of the projects.  He also guided the governor on the performances, evaluation, assessment and on the spot record of the true position of the projects.

One of the defaulting contractors who spoke on conditions of anonymity stated that due process were not followed in the award and execution of contracts.  He informed THE LEADER that the contracts were neither advertised nor bided for.  According to him there were no specifications, pre-biding requirements, and the Tenders Board was not involved in contract awards.  He insisted that due process and prequalification exercise were not done.  Therefore all manner of unqualified contractors were given jobs to execute at the beck and call of political exigency.

A voice vote was taken by the governor and those clamoring for new mega city at Orieagu had their way.

 

…. visits Njaba, makes  case with road contractors

In line with his local governments’ tour in the state, Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 visited Njaba LGA during which he had a town hall meting with the people of the area.

Governor Okorocha thanked the people for appreciating his achievements which was part of the promise he made during his campaign in 2011, ranging from free education from primary to university level, the maintenance and construction of new roads in some rural areas in the state, prompt payment of workers salary, new general hospitals in various LGAs, among others.

He stressed that after all the projects embarked upon must have been completed, the government will embark on building of industries in some areas in the state.

He disclosed that more projects are on the way as he enjoined them to exercise patience.

The Governor made it clear that without him APGA would never win in the state during the 2011 general election, he urged the people of the area to embrace APC, which is the only party that can give them the true dividend of democracy as it matters in every government.

Governor Okorocha cautioned the people of the state to be mindful of what they say and the name they answer especially naming their children, because according to him every name has an effect.

He assured the people of Njaba that anybody who will be given an appointment or elected to any position, the community and the local government must testify that he/she has a good character and is willing to serve the people, not someone who has questionable character.

The Governor commended the TC Chairman of the Council, Hon. Bon. Nnaka for his hard work in discharging his duties.  While inspecting some of the road projects under construction, Governor Okorocha who expressed dissatisfaction on the levels of work done wondered why the funds mapped out for the projects were not utilized.

Explaining that the work on ground was not  commiserate with the amount of money released by the government, the Governor ordered for the immediate arrest of the contractors involved, saying that his administration would not condone with any person or group of persons whose actions will pose a cog on the wheel to the day to day running of government.

 

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USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas

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USAID averts 25,000 unwanted pregnancies in Ebonyi, Kogi

…Umuagwo Varsity of Agric kicks-off October

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun Covid-19 testing in the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State, “in a bid to reduce the impact of community spread of the virus in the rural areas of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba disclosed this in Owerri while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday.

Chief Emelumba said so far, the USAID officials have carried out reasonable number of testing in Njaba LGA and reported that all those tested came out negative and that the council prayed that the result from other Local Government Areas will be the same.

He announced that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the take off of the Imo State University for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Umuagwo in October this year.

According to him, the approval underscores the efforts which the Imo State Government ably led by Governor Hope Uzodinma has made towards the establishment of a second university for the state.

Recently, the NUC panel was in Imo State to carry out the necessary verification exercises on the state facilities, human and physical infrastructures.

Mr. Declan Emelumba, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health Dr. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the Executive Council is happy that something new is happening in the Education Sector of the State.

Emelumba said that the Imo State University of Science and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo will take off by October when other universities would be resuming for a new academic session.

In the same vein, the Council has approved the immediate relocation of Faculty of Engineering Imo State University Owerri to its permanent site at Okigwe, stressing that Government has put all processes and facilities on ground to ensure the immediate take–off of the faculty.

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

Oge Iwu at fmc

L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has inaugurated a new Governing Council, for the Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri.

At the inauguration ceremony on Monday, August 31, the governor named Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji as the Chairman of the Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Other members of the Council include: Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief Tony Ezenna, Prof. (Ven.) Chinedu Nebo, Sir. Louis Ezeigwe, Chief Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Dr. (Mrs.) Uwandu Uzoma, Ugoeze Victoria Adaku Ekezie, Prof. Adaobi Obasi (Vice Chancellor) and others.

Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Uzodimma said the choice of the members is to infuse fresh air into the university because “It is in dire need to bounce back to reckoning.”
He added that the choice of the members was because they have carved a niche for themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour and that they have earned solid reputation as men and women of substance in their individual trade, indices that qualified them for the appointment.

He challenged the members to bring their reputation to bear on the University, bearing in mind the task for good quality scholarship in Imo State University as well as service to humanity.

The Governor urged the members to deploy their individual accomplishments, excellence, expertise, passion for service as effectively as necessary to actualize the dream of his administration of having a highly reputable University comparable to the best Universities in the World.

He also requested the Council to “restore in words and deeds the motto of Imo State University, which is Excellence in Service”.

“Imo State University currently is a classical example of a failed University,” Governor Uzodimma said but strongly believed that “with a star studded Governing Council such as the one inaugurated there is no doubt that Imo is on the track to realize the dreams of her founding fathers.”

He further enjoined the Council members to quickly hit the ground running and come up with policies and programmes that will reassure Imo people that the University that made them proud 20 years back is on track as he assured them of Government partnership in this regard.

In an acceptance speech, on behalf of the Council, the Chairman, Most Rev. Ugorji who is the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia thanked the Governor for the absolute confidence reposed in them by giving them the assignment and acknowledged that though the task is daunting he has a strong belief that with the calibre of members of the Council and support of the management, staff and students the University will be returned to a centre of excellence which was the dream of the founding fathers.

He said that Imo State University deserves the best and that he and his members as inaugurated will work acidulously to ensure that the target of the governor in making Imo State University one of the best universities in Africa is realised.

He congratulated fellow members and promised that God’s willing, they will not fail the government and people of Imo State.

Present at the inauguration were the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, and other members of the expanded State Executive Council.

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