This week marks one year in office by the President and most governors of states in the federation. Precisely Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
It is one year of stock-taking by all concerned, a year that witnessed various challenges against the authorities of the land: the mindless insurrection of Moslem fundamentalist sect better known as Boko Haram; kidnapping of prominent citizens of the land and the accompanying demand of ransom for their release, and armed robbery.
The year started with a nationwide strike by the labour in protest over removal of fuel subsidy and the sudden jerking up of the pump price of fuel.
Coming home, in Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s one year in office has been one of celebration of revolution in various sectors of the economy. His rescue mission has lived up to its promise.
Starting with a hurricane sweep, Imo people witnessed a revolution in road construction and opening up of arteries of commerce.
His free education agenda is common knowledge, community policing and the evolution of Fourth Tier administration are people-oriented programmes the results of which would be assessed in the days ahead.
Mention should also be made of his efforts to boost tourism and agriculture.
We commend Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha for the giant strides recorded but we have to point out here that unless he takes urgent steps to tackle the security challenges facing the state, he may find it difficult to convince Imo people that the state is making progress.