By Chinasa Ogboma
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, just back from a 10-day working holiday abroad, has acknowledged that the concessioning policy of his administration may be unpopular but insisted that there is no going back on the decision.
Addressing journalists at the Government House, Owerri, the governor said the action is in the overall interest of the people of the state.
He called on the people to put aside sentiment while considering the matter in order to deliver the state from what he referred to as “deceit and sharp practices”.
The governor indicted the parastatals for not living up to expectation” despite the huge sums spent on them arguing that concessioning of the parastatals will make them vibrant again to achieve the purpose for which they were set up for the benefit of the people of the state.
He stressed that he has the interest of workers at heart adding that no administration in the state has treated workers better than his as he lamented that workers except teachers, have not lived up to expectations.
Governor Okorocha then announced that preparations are on top gear for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Imo State on February 3rd, 2016.
He said that the State of Imo address” will be made on that day and that a law will be made by the House of Assembly to make such an address an annual event by the State Governors at which they would give account of their stewardship to the people.
On his overseas trip, he said he made contracts for the establishment of fertilizer plant at Ohaji/Egbema as well as discussed with Chinese investors on the possibility of setting up a refinery in the state.