By Chinasa Ogbonna
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, at the weekend took a major step to court newsmen in the state and invite them to cue into his vision which his Rescue Mission government christened “Imo my Pride”.
At a media chat with the journalists held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, the governor said that “Imo my Pride” is a Rescue Mission policy aimed at developing, transforming and rebranding the state.
The governor who came under attack over the recent demolition of structures in his efforts to widen major roads in Owerri, the state capital, urged the people to understand and key into the vision for its quick realization.
“I am almost crying because my people are not seeing and keying into this vision of Rescue Mission,” the governor lamented.
He said the vision was the pivot of every other success he wishes to record in the state.
Owelle Okorocha called on the generality of Imo people not to joke with the vision, promising to change the face of Imo State.
He called for objective reportage and constructive criticisms from the journalists and urged them to join his crusade to change Imo.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the Imo State Council of NUJ, Sir Innocent Igwe, said that NUJ is a major partner of government in democracy, pointing out that the NUJ is also the hub of media activities and that the council has been playing its role effectively.
He urged the government to always support and encourage the union and also thanked the governor, who is a patron of NUJ, for his help in renovating the press centre and all other assistance he has been giving to the council. He asked the governor to provide the journalists with a “media village” to improve upon the welfare of journalists.