By Nneka Onyema
Three hundred and five youths, each from the 305 wards in Imo State, have been given N1million each by Governor Rochas Okorocha as part of the empowerment programme of his administration.
The young millionaires were produced through balloting at their various wards. The governor had promised to make some youths millionaires.
Presenting the cheques to the youths during the Democracy Day celebration on Monday, May 29, 2017, at the Heroes Square Owerri, Governor Okorocha said his intention was to totally wipe out poverty in the state, assuring that he would personally mentor the beneficiaries to ensure that the one million naira each of them has got would make them comfortable millionaires at the end of the day.
He advised the beneficiaries not to use the money for pleasure, but to take off with it to become great in business, stating that most millionaires today didn’t start business with up to one million naira, expressing joy over the high level of economic activities in the state.
The governor had, the previous week also empowered 3,050 with N10,000 each from the 305 wards, and said he would produce as many millionaires as possible before the expiration of his second tenure in 2019.
On the Democracy Day celebration, the governor told Imo people “ I am here because you have made it possible. I’m here standing as the Governor of Imo State because you all have voted me as governor. We are here gathered to celebrate democracy which is government of the people, by the people and for the people. This is the day of liberation. This is the day when the masses have a voice over the governor. This is your day because those ballot papers you have in your hands is the power with which you decided who must govern you at every level of government”.