In apparent reaction to sharp criticisms against his government by some sections of the public over the delay in payment of workers’ salaries, the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has restated his resolve not to allow distractions derail his rescue mission agenda for the state.
Speaking to newsmen at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, SMICA, Owerri shortly on arrival from a two-week overseas trip, Owelle Okorocha said that he would not be reacting to propaganda and rumours because his desire is to ensure that the state is industrialized.
Owelle Okorocha pointed out that since 2011 when he came on board as governor of Imo State, he has been paying salaries as at when due until the current challenges which according to him is a nationwide problem and not peculiar to Imo.
According to him, “the issue of arrears of workers’ salaries would be over as soon as the bailout fund from the federal government to states is released.
“The problem leading to owing workers some of salaries was not peculiar to the state because the much expected bailout fund has not come and once it comes, the issue of workers’ salary will be a thing of the past.”
He explained that his administration has worked so much on the issue of industrial parks which are now changing close to Ohaji/Egbema because of the closeness to gas supply as partners are coming from Singapore and China by the first week of September for a joint review of the site and to construct the industrial park.
“We decided Ohaji/Egbema because of the closeness to gas supply, so we are arranging with oil companies to allow access to gas so that we can power the entire industrial park. For me I have promise Imo people that I will deliver and I ‘m sure I will deliver”.
Owelle Okorocha also said that the Oguta Lake would be revisited through Private Partnership arrangement [PPA] project. “We had discussions with some group who are coming to take a look again on the Oguta Lake, this has been a dream, a very big one and the best option would be on PPA project on that Oguta Lake”
The governor also disclosed that as some companies are showing interest in Nigeria in areas of development, the Imo Palm Plantation will take a new look, Avutu Poultry will sign an MoU with some groups who will coming to look into the poultry and make it more functional.
He further assured that the flyover projects at Amakohia and Okigwe roads would be completed as soon as possible as the state government is determined to complete the first flyover in the state and promise that the Njaba bridge would be completed to enable the dualization of Owerri-Akokwa road be actualized.
On roads, he pointed out that same would be done in Owerri-Amaimo, Owerri-Mbaise roads to make the state one-city state while assuring that ICAPS will be upgraded to a new look as a group will be coming from Singapore to improve technical education in the state.

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