The Imo State governor, OwelleRochasOkorocha has declared that he is not at war with Owerri indigenes over the planned relocation of EkeukwuOwerri market as being insinuated in certain quarters.
The governor, in a reaction to a recent media report that the people of Owerri had resorted to invoking the spirit of their ancestors and other sundry fetish practices against him, urged them to be very conscious of the future of the younger generation in carrying out some of their activities with regard to their opposition to the government’s noble plan to relocate the market to a more comfortable and convenient place.
The governor who spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital as he marked his 54th birthday anniversary remarked that all his actions and utterances have always been influenced and guided by his honest desire and ambition to make the state the envy of other states and to make Owerri the state capital one of the leading cities in the country.
The governor noted that he would not have been at war with any group over the government’s plan to move Ekeukwu to an area the traders can have the opportunity of expanding and where the market also can continue to develop as time goes on.
He further reiterated that he has developed Owerri more than all the governors and administrators that had governed the state put together. And that even before his becoming governor he has got a good number of properties in Owerri including the Rochas Foundation College, while challenging anybody who is more Owerri than him to indicate.
Governor Okorocha enumerated his projects in Owerri to include the opening of the 1st in-land road, 2nd in-land road, 3rd in-land road, 4th in-land road and 5th in-land road. And also Akachi road, Emmanuel College/Naze road, Freedom road, Sam Mbakwe road, Ochiedieke road, Behind Assumpta road, Justice Oputa road, Naze/Futo road, and so on.
He also listed the remodeling of all the premier colleges in Owerri which those before him never cared for including Government College, Emmanuel College, Government Technical College, Ikenegbu Girls College, Akwakuma Girls College, Comprehensive Secondary School Akwakuma and Owerri City School. He has also built and established Imo Girls College to replace Owerri Girls taken over by the Church, the Young Scientist College, Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies, and Owerri City Primary School at Fire Service.
In addition to all these, the governor hinted that his administration built Flyovers, Tunnels, Waterfalls, Pedestrian bridges, and Round-abouts in most parts of Owerri City, all in his determination to develop Owerri and make it exceptionally attractive to tourists and investors.
The governor said he would continue to work to make Owerri a Model city not minding the level of ingratitude he has suffered from few of their people and prayed God to help them appreciate his good intentions about Owerri and their good people.