By Nick Chibunna
Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the forthcoming general elections in Imo State, Capt Emmanuel Ihenacho, has said that despite their political differences, the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha is his friend.
According to the former Minister of Interior, we have known each other many years before venturing into partisan politics.
Captain Ihenacho made this declaration recently, in a special conference organized by the Department of Political Science, Imo State University Owerri.
The event which was well attended was designed to bring together, key political actors in the state to sell themselves and present their programmes.
Captain Ihenacho, an astute business manager and a mariner, said that he has all it takes to bring Imo State back to work again, and enjoined all to vote for him as the next occupant of the Douglas House.
The APGA flag-bearer said that if he is elected governor of Imo State in the forthcoming general elections, he would set the state on industrial and economic revolution that would guarantee job opportunities to the teeming unemployed Imo youths, thereby reducing crimes and other social vices in our present riotous environment.
He made a case for what he called quality and free education programme (QFEP), adding that it would be based on an accepted curriculum that would guarantee opportunities after school.
On youth and women empowerment, he said there would be public, private and foreign participation that would guarantee equal opportunity for all.
The conference which has as its theme – “2015 General Election and Future of Imo state” also saw the Imo state governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha presenting his score card and action plans as criteria for him to be elected for a second tenure.
In his remarks, Governor Okorocha said he would consolidate on the gains of his present rescue government, complete all projects, and embark on massive infrastructural developments in the state.
He said that his administration has turned Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe into mega cities, making Imo a one city state.
Governor Okorocha said that moribund industries and factories have been revamped and revitalized.
According to him, they include Avutu Poultry, Imo Palm and Imo Shoe Industry. He maintained that education would continue to be free at all level, adding that his second term in office would witness industrial revolution.
Also speaking, the vice chancellor of Imo State University, Prof. Ukachukwu A. Awuzie, who was the chairman of the occasion, thanked both the speakers and participants for coming.
He used the occasion to debunk the insinuation that education in Imo State is not absolutely free, adding that apart from the ancillary fee of identity card and medicals, education is absolutely free for both indigenes and non- indigenes.
Prof. Awuzie said that Imo State University is one of the best 28 universities in Africa and thanked the present Imo State government for its assistance so far.