By Ekene Bob-Ekechukwu
The Governor of lmo State, Rt Hon Emeka lhedioha has revealed that his Government, in line with the Rebuild Imo Agenda, has initiated an economic blueprint for the development of the State, known as lmo Growth and Strategic Development Plan.
He made the disclosure while addressing citizens of the State, at the event marking the 59th Anniversary Celebration of Nigeria’s Independence held at the Cenotaph, New Owerri, Imo State. According to Gov lhedioha, the economic blueprint shall span over a period of 5 years, within which the Administration’s rebuilding process for the State shall be implemented. Stressing that once the implementation is completed, the State shall be restored back to it’s past glory.
He observed that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) operated by his Government has boosted the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State. Furthermore, the Governor noted that the Civil Service has been re-invigorated, while the education sector, which hitherto had been the biggest industry in the State, is being revamped.
He also reiterated government’s plan to overhaul the infrastructure of the State, which had been in decay since the last 8 years. On security, the Governor informed the people that his Administration is reviewing the archaic security architecture of the State with a view to ensure the security of lives and property.
In addition, the Governor hinted that work shall commence shortly on the reconstruction of 14 critical roads, both within Owerri Metropolis and across the State. Highpoints of the celebration include the Governor’s inspection of a Guard of Honour mounted by officers drawn from the police and other paramilitary organizations, together with the march past by pupils and students. St Paul’s Primary School Owerri, Christ Church Primary School Owerri and Army Montessori Primary School Owerri, came first, second and third respectively, in prizes for the march past.
While in the Secondary Schools category, Holy Rosary lnternational Secondary School Owerri, Owerri City School Owerri and Assemblies of God Bethel Seminary Nekede, occupied the first, second and third positions respectively. The winning Schools were presented with trophies by the Governor, his Deputy and the Speaker, severally. A total of twenty-four Primary Schools and twenty Secondary Schools participated in the match past.
The occasion was attended by several dignitaries including former Governors of the State, Chief Achike Udenwa and Chief lkedi Ohakim, the Deputy Governor, Engr Gerald Irona, the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chiji Collins and members of lmo House of Assembly, political appointees, Traditional Rulers, Civil Servants, heads of Security Agencies in the State, amongst others.
Ekene Bob-Ekechukwu Esq