Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodimma says his government had constructed more than 100 solid roads in the state and still counting.
This is in addition to the ongoing construction of a five-kilometer road in each of the 27 local governments of the state.
Speaking on a paper titled “My good works are speaking for Me” at the 2022 Political Stakeholders Conference Organised by the Inter-party Advisory Council of Nigeria IPAC, the Governor explained that his government has remained tenaciously focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to Imo people, bearing in mind that good works are the best way to silence the opposition.
“Worthy of special mention are the signature roads of Orlu- Owerri, Owerri- Okigwe, Owerri- Umuahia and Orlu-Mgbee-Akokwa-Uga roads. These four major roads represent the economic artery of Imo State. Two of them, Owerri- Orlu and Owerri- Okigwe roads have been completed and commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari. Work is rapidly ongoing on the other two and we hope to complete them before the end of next year. The instructive thing is that all these roads are “Federal roads” that facilitate economic activities between Imo and surrounding states. Unfortunately, they have been abandoned in the past, thereby visiting until hardship on our people. So we decided to do the roads to bring succur to our people. Today, associated economic activities are booming in the state and our people are overjoyed. So the people are in a better position to judge.”
The Governor also spoke on the resuscitation of the Public Water scheme which dried for over 15 years with portable water restored in many parts of Owerri, while the 20 years Moribund Adapalm has been revived.
On Education, the Imo State Governor stated that 305 model primary schools are being constructed across the state, with the rehabilitation of all secondary schools in the state, while two new tertiary institutions have been established.
“Efforts are also in top gear to reactivate the Orlu and Okigwe waters schemes. It is the same success story for Adapalm, which was conceived as the largest oil palm plantation in West Africa. It now produces more than 100 tons of grade A oil, with plans at advanced stages to diversify into by-products. More than 600 workers laid off have been called back to duty with the prospect of employing 35,000 more workers when the company attains full productive capacity.”
In the health sector, the Governor explained that 305 health centers are being constructed in the 305 electoral wards in the state.
“The Imo State University Teaching Hospital, which was a ghost of itself when we took over the government, had now been restored to life following the provision of modern equipment used for diagnosis and therapy. The College of Medicine de-accredited for over ten years but has been re-accredited. As a result, three sets of medical students numbering about 400 who could not graduate for 11 years, have now graduated as Medical Doctors.”
Governor Hope Uzodimna announced that the Imo youth empowerment initiative coupled with the state industrial policy which offers a clear map of investment potential in the state, have created thousands of jobs for the people.
This the Governor said is in addition to the Green Revolution Initiative which was launched last month, also aimed at exploring investment opportunities in Imo State.
Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo and Maureen Eke; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino