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Rochas back from Turkey with 171 entourage

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–  says it’s economic trip

Ironically with nothing going on in the only industrial layout of the state, the Imo state Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha and a good number of government officials and House of Assembly members as well as some local government Caretaker Committee Chairmen, who left the state on Friday, June 20, 2014 for Turkey on business and capacity building trip, have returned. The trip was claimed to be at no cost to the state government.

Some major investors in Turkey, who own some of the big companies in that country, with appreciable interest to invest heavily in Imo State were said to have invited the officials of the state government to that country to enable them tour some of the companies involved to see things for themselves.  We were made to believe that the investors had undertaken to shoulder the costs.

Those who had made the trip according to government sources, represent one economic interest or another.  The local government chairmen on the trip will concentrate on small-scale industries, commissioners and board members will concentrate on companies and factories that could help the state achieve its industrial goal.

All these actions, according to government sources are aimed at arming the state government in its desire to industrialize the state for the good of Imo people in particular and Nigeria in general

Meanwhile, some Imolites have described the Turkey trip of the governor as another way of wasting the scarce resources of government. They however wondered what 171 people will be discussing with the government of Turkey just for few days, which the governor and a few of his commissioners and aides cannot do.

Imo people have been wondering when the numerous economic tours abroad by various governors would begin to yield dividends. From the administration of Governor Achike Udenwa, through that of  Ikedi Ohakim to the present one, no year passed without one economic tour or another, usually with a large number of aides and praise singers.

Governor Okorocha had visited United States of America, United Kindgom, Kosovo and now Turkey. “Where are the dividends of these economic tours,” many Imo people ask.

“It is too bad that Owelle Okorocha would decide to disappoint some of us by proving us wrong.  We vowed that the governor cannot behave like his predecessors in office by travelling overseas for jamboree but he has proved us wrong. This is too bad”, said a concerned Imolite.

Observers say it is time for us to borrow a leaf from developed countries if actually we want to grow.  Even the president of the Untied Sates of America has never travelled with such number of people on his business trips to Europe and Asia. They say any talks or trips on industrialization should have begun with something tangible happening in terms of building up the necessary infrastructure in the Onitsha road industrial layout of the State or even at some other government sites.

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  1. Ahamefule Nnorom

    August 15, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Why is the governor of one of the most Catholic and Christian States in Nigeria seeking economic cooperation with one of the most anti-Catholic and anti-Christian and pro-jihadi Islamic countries in the world? Does the governor who claims to be a Christian, and even a Catholic, not know that the government of Turkey does not recognize the Catholic Church as an official religion in Turkey? Or is he ignorant of recent history: that Pope John Paul II (now a Saint) was shot and nearly assassinated by a Turkish citizen? that Pope Benedict was nearly assassinated by a government-approved Muslim driver of a Catholic Bishop in Turkey- but for the timely intervention of intelligence services? that Turkey, which has recently forced a change in the leadership of Boko Haram, has commanded them to attack only Christians and their churches, supports ISIS and has opened its borders to wannabe terrorists from across the gone reach Raqqa, the ISIS capital? Perhaps two reasons might explain this waste of public funds: First, a Turkish Business presence in Imo will, surely, accelerate the Islamic presence in the state, an influence that has grown exponentially under this governor. Second, it is assured that looted Imo funds would be more secure in Turkey, especially now that America and Europe are clamping down on looted and hidden foreign assets. But why have AB Obinna and other Christian leaders kept quiet over the growing Islamization of Imo State and Igboland?

    • Ahamefule Nnorom

      August 17, 2016 at 7:48 am

      The Islamist President Erdogan may be the most dangerous contemporary face of Islamic expansionism in the “Christian” world.But in Turkey, he is, slowly but surely, destroying the country’s “secular” constitution and Western-friendly culture instituted by Atartuk after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire during the Second World War: by purging the military, the constitutional defenders of Atartuk’s political and social legacy, repressing the press and his political opponents, and promoting a more conservative and Wahhabi-friendly Islamist modes of dressing for women. Contrary to long practice, Erdogan has turned the famous Cathedral of St. Sophia, once the largest and most beautiful Christian church in the world, into a mosque; it is now used for Muslim prayers.

      But Erdogan’s Islamist ambitions are global and not restricted to Turkey. Under Obama, he has been able to expedite the building of new mosques in America. In fact one of them, a massive structure in Maryland just outside Washington, DC, is said to be the largest mosque in North America. It was built despite massive opposition by residents of area; and many of them, including a close friend, had to relocate to another place for security reasons.

      Erdogan is an Islamist zealot bent on restoring the former Ottoman Empire, the last Islamic Caliphate since ISIS, which had enhanced its imperial power and anti-Christian prowess with the capture of Constantinople (the Second Rome) and the destruction of the once mighty Byzantine Empire in 1453. With the recent failed “coup,” he has seized almost “absolute” powers at home,; which will strengthen his hands in his Islamization adventures abroad.

      Therefore, I strong appeal to AB Obinna and the Bishops from Igbo-speaking areas to seek a meeting with Okorocha on the Turkish “treat;”and demand that he cease and desist from endangering the Christian faith of the most important Catholic and Christian region of Africa. If he refuses to listen to them, they should issue a strong statement of condemnation of the governor’s unholy alliance with this notoriously anti-Christian nation, and organize demonstrations against Okorocha’s evil relations until he reverses himself. The Bishops should follow the recent example of the Bishops of Ghana, who are presently “waging war” against their Obama-philiac president, for accepting two Guantanamo terrorists as residents of Ghana.

      Given their reputed “secular” brand of Islam, the Turks may pose a greater threat to Igbo Christians than the conservative Wahhabi; moreover, it is very likely that their potential roles as employers as well as their reputation as very good businessmen, could be an attractive weapon that will enhance their ability to Islamize our youth, most of whom are jobless.

      I see the danger of Islamic Taqiyya (dissimulation)-of the Turkish brand-in Alaigbo. And it must be exposed and stopped. Also Remember: Turkey has almost wiped out its once large Christian minority-after committing genocide against the Christian Armenians during the First World War. Today Christians in Turkey are not allowed to build new churches, and since the seminaries have long been closed closed, new priests cannot be ordained. And why should the Turks be allowed to build mosques in Christian countries while Turkish Christians are not even permitted to build churches in their own countries. By the way, I have noticed during visits home, the increasing numbers of “Arab” companies operating in Igboland-building roads and engaging in other businesses!

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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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