— Light Has Triumphed Over Darkness, Says Prof. Onwuliri
— It is As A Result of The Governor’s Passion For Service Delivery, Says Dr. Okorogu
By Ekene Bob-Ekechukwu Esq
Gov. Emeka Ihedioha has practically returned light and life to the once gloomy, Ministry of Education, and the entire State Secretariat, with the restoration of power supply to the facility. It is interesting to note that the Secretariat had been without power supply for the past 8 years.
It is quite appalling that the immediate past administration of Sen Rochas Okorocha which incurred an unprecedented debt burden of over N200bn, couldn’t even sustain power supply to a critical facility such as the State Secretariat throughout its tenure. Any right thinking person can rightly ask, on what then was the said loan was utilized? It is not in doubt that the civil service is the “engine room” of government. Whereby that engine room is not well serviced, it will definitely start malfunctioning and the system will eventually collapse as a result.
However, the fact the facility had been without power supply for about 8 years, further reinforces the established belief, that the civil service suffered severe neglect under the immediate past administration. Consequently, the economy of the State was negatively impacted by the declining productivity rate of civil servants, who were demoralized by the unfavourable working environment.
Staff of the Ministry of Education, and indeed other Ministries, were seen moving about in a happy mood as a result of the development. One of the Staff, Mr Jude Chukwuemeka Akwukwaegbu, an Assistant Education Officer, reiterated the fact that the flow of work was stalled at the Secretariat, due to the protracted power outage which, according to him, happened because of neglect by the immediate past regime.
Another staff Mrs Ibekwe Stella, a Principal Executive Officer incharge of the Secret Registry thanked Gov Ihedioha for fulfilling his promise to restore power to the Secretariat, when he paid a visit to workers few days after his swearing-in. Mrs Ibekwe who was visibly excited, said the development has made work easier, as she no longer had to strain her eyes while searching for files in the Registry, which was always dark due to the absence of power.
In the same vein, Miss Regina Ahamefula, a Higher Executive Officer working in the office of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, also said the development is a morale booster. As staff can now make use of gadgets like computers, printers, refrigerators, air conditioners, and so on, which makes work easier for them and their offices more conducive.
When contacted over this development, the Director-General/Chief Executive Imo State Power and Rural Electrification Agency (I-POREA), Dr. Albert Okorogu attributed the achievement to the Governor’s passion for service delivery. Which according to him, is being expressed through laudable programmes such as the Imo Emergency Electrification Plan (IEEP) Vision 2020. He said the IEEP is a Blueprint anchored on the Rebuild Imo Agenda to revamp the power sector by ensuring uninterrupted power supply to the State by 2020. Hear him:
” …His Excellency the Governor has developed a Blueprint for achieving uninterrupted power supply to the State by 2020 known as Imo Emergency Electrification Plan (IEEP) Vision 2020. This scheme is a segment of Operation Lightup Imo State (OLIS), which is geared towards eradicating epileptic power supply in Imo…However, the IEEP is programmed as an emergency measure to manage the problem of epileptic power supply by tapping into captive power to provide 24 hours supply…
For instance, in the case of the Secretariat, it might interest you to know that power supply to the 10 blocks in that facility was cut because the 4 power sub-stations were vandalized. Sadly, the immediate past administration neglected or failed to remedy the situation, leaving the civil servants to work in a less conducive atmosphere…
However at the Governor’s behest, we swung into action by first restoring the perimeter lighting around the facility, to boost security in that area. Then we commenced the revalidation of the 4 sub-stations in a phased process. That is why today, almost the entire 10 blocks in the Secretariat have been electrified. Nevertheless, our men are working round the clock to also ensure that the few remaining blocks without electricity will be captured too”, he said.
Now, critical sectors of the economy which hitherto, had been moribund are being revamped once again. A popular Igbo adage says, “a na esi na usi ahuru, a ma uto nsi” (the taste of the pudding is in the eating). Therefore, by restoring power supply to the “engine room” of government, Gov Ihedioha has proved that the era of failing campaign promises is a thing of the past, as he has indeed come to rebuild Imo.
Based on the foregoing, Gov Ihedioha has once again demonstrated that he has come to talkless and do more. In all these, Imolites can verily testify, that the Governor’s traditional title of “omenkeahuruanya” is not a fluke, but a reality.
Ekene Bob-Ekechukwu Esq