Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Nigeria Sustains Head Injury In Road Accident
The convoy of the Governor of Imo State; Mr Rochas Okorocha has been involved in a head-on collision in Orlu local government area of the state and the governor sustained minor head injuries.
The Governor was on a scheduled inspection tour to some state projects in the area when the accident occurred.
A statement signed by the media aide to the Governor; Ebere Ozoukwa, stated that the Governor’s convoy was involved in the accident in Orlu town in Orlu Local government area of the state.
According to Mr Ozoukwa, “the governor sustained a minor injury which is a minor cut on his head but he is presently in a good and stable condition and has been attended to by medical personnel.”
The Governor can be seen in the picture with a bandage rolled all over his head with some blood stains.
The statement advised the general public especially Imo citizens not to “panic and should go about with their normal duties since the Governor is in a good and stable condition and responding to necessary treatment.”
Okorocha’s Chief of Staff Replaces Impeached Deputy Governor
The Chief of Staff to the Governor of Imo State, Mr. Eze Madumere, has been cleared by the state House of Assembly to replace the impeached Deputy Governor, Jude Agbaso.
Mr. Madumere who was nominated by Governor Rochas Okorocha, was cleared by the lawmakers shortly after they impeached the former deputy governor, Mr. Agbaso.
The new deputy governor is expected to be sworn in on Friday at the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Mr. Madumere before his appointment as the deputy governor was the Chief of Staff to Mr. Okorocha since the inception of his administration.
The former deputy governor was impeached on Thursday, hours after a state High Court dismissed his suit to stop his impeachment by the state Assembly.
Sources: Channels Television
The newly employed will be joining the government’s pay roll in the state’s ministries, agencies and local government offices
During a meeting with physically challenged citizens at the Ikemba Ojukwu memorial centre in Owerri the governor noted that his administration is willing to partner with the physically challenged people in the state to move his rescue mission agenda for the state to a different level.
He also noted that the state government will immediately embark on the establishment of special skills acquisition centres for the uneducated ones so they can be trained in various productive skills.
This is the second time the governor met with the physically challenged persons in the state since his inauguration as the governor of Imo state.
Hundreds of physically challenged persons from across the 27 local government area of the state gathered at the Ikemba Ojukwu Memorial Centre for a special session with the governor.
The governor charged them to be more productive and imbibe a sense of belonging in their day to day affairs in the state noting that every disability in them is an advantage and a gift from God.
There was a resounding joy when the governor announced the immediate and automatic employment of all the qualified physically challenged citizens into all the ministries, agencies and local government offices across the state.
Meanwhile as they commended the governor for his kind gesture, some of them still thinks the governor should also establish a school for the blind because Imo state is the only state in the south east without a school for the blind.
The governor also appointed a special adviser who will handle matters relating to the physically challenged citizens.
Another word for rescue is salvage or liberate. Rescue Mission therefore, is a political principle based on libration from political bondage.The Rescue Mission Political philosophy is grounded on restoration of the fundamental essence of government, which is to create an environment where the people are secured in their rights to good life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Its objective is to help the people to fully optimize the benefits of government. The Rescue Mission is based on correcting the ills of past dysfunctional governments and to bring good life, to the people of Imo State.
After months in operation, the question is, has the Rescue Mission agenda made a difference in the lives of the people of Imo State. Has the Governor delivered on the promises of his rescue mission agenda. In evaluating the performance of most governments, eight months is too short to use as a perimeter to judge their performance. However Rochas Okorocha at his swearing speech stated that he is in a hurry to deliver on his rescue mission agenda. Therefore, we must evaluation his performance based on eight months’ timeline.
A leader leads best when he can inspire his people. Owelle Rochas okorocha’s optimism and his zealous belief in the greatness of Imo State, has been inspirational to the people. Our people had lost confidence in government. Government has had a huge credibility problem, and the conventional wisdom was that government is the problem and not the solution. The Governor’s prudent and frugal life style, his zeal and optimism, is changing how the people view government. Imo State Citizens are having attitudinal change. Imolites are starting to believe in the goodness of government . Government , they now believe, can be a positive agent for uplifting the lives of the people. The Governors leadership by example is inspiring Imolites to believing that IMO must be better.
The centerpiece of the Rescue Mission agenda was free quality education. The Governor during the campaign was very passionate about extending the opportunities of quality education to families who could not afford to go to school. Upon assuming office , Owelle by executive ordered, declared primary and secondary education free. He added monetary incentive for attendance and also a program to help disadvantaged families with school uniform and supplies. Additionally, the rescue mission government embarked on rebuilding the dilapidated school infrastructures.
The governments have embarked on a project to build a model, state of the art primary school in every ward in the state.
As part of his reviving the educational standard of Imo State, the government of Owelle is relocating IMSU to a permanent site. The site is designed to provide a conducive environment for competitive quality university education. The university when completed will be one of the finest universities in Africa.
Road revolution, is how an observer described the road networks being constructed in Imo by Owelles Rescue Mission Government. Owelle as a businessman believes that with proper infrastructural development, an industrial base can thrive in Imo State.
An integral part of providing the enabling superstructure for economic growth in the state, is the aggressive road networks being developed by Owelle’s government. The most aggressive and ambitions road construction since the Marshall’s plan in Europe, is currently going on in IMO State.
To diversify the economy of the state, the government has embarked on a program to revive and jumpstart tourism in the state. Oguta Lake of Treasure is not just getting a face lift, its being designed as a first class tourist resort.
Part of the lake is being transformed into a beach. The abandoned Oguta Motel has been remodeled and a modern conference center in under construction.
The flagship hotel in IMO state, Concord, is being aggressively remodeled. The properties around Concord, including the commissioners’ estate has been remodeled. The Concord Strip looks like the world famous Las Vegas Strip. The area looks breathtakingly beautiful.
Imo State can only boast of Owerri as its only big city. The Rescue Mission policy of the Governor, subscribes to the belief that, for Imo to thrive, it must develop more cosmopolitan urban centers. To actualize the urbanization of Imo State, the Rescue Mission government has embarked on developing five (5) urban centers in Imo State. These urban centers will have over 500 unit housing estates each, modern stadium, medical centers and other infrastructure that will foster urbanization. The Urban areas will become centers of vibrate economic activities. Jobs will be created in the process.
In addition, every local government will have housing estates, stadiums, health clinics and capital projects that will enhance the standard of living for the residents of that locality.The environmental sanitation of the state have also been positively impacted by the Rescue mission government. The government in partnership with the private sector, have set up hotlines for picking of trash in Owerri and other parts of the state.
One of the most important areas that the Rescue Mission government have impacted the people of Imo State is the area of empowerment. The Governor is using local businessmen as contractors for majority of projects. Many young men and women in the state who ordinarily would have been unemployed are in business as contractors in the state. This method of project contract has created thousands of employment opportunities in the state and is saving the state lots of money. In addition, the money stays in the state resulting in more robust state economy.
The Governor has also adopted method of supervising the contracts himself. This style of hands on supervision by the governor cuts down on abandoned projects and shoddy performance by contractors and on time completion of projects. In addition, the Rescue mission style of contract does not include immediate monetary mobilization.Mobilization depends on completing portion of the contract. This method of contract implementation saves the state lots of money and reduces the incidence of fraud and embezzlement.
To improve security and night economy in owerri, street lights are being installed all over the city. The Governor initiated Community Policing by donating hundreds of Hilux Trucks and other equipments to the Police Force. One can attest to appreciable reduction in incidence of crime in the State.
The Rescue Mission policy have also extended to state pensioners. The okorocha’s government inherited very unsavory pension liability. Many Pensioners had not been paid in years. The Governor as part of his first order of business paid pensioners.
The Rescue Mission Agenda adopted a new brand of Political economy called Rochanomics. This philosophy of running government emphasizes private sector efficiency. The Governor preaches with passion and conviction that government ministries must operate like business. He believes that to optimize service delivery by government , it’s agencies must operate with business culture and practices. In line with Rochanomics, the Governor has partnered with the private sector in former Adapalm and other areas.
The Adapalm partnership has yielded bountiful benefits to the state.
After evaluating the totality of the Rescue Mission performance thus far,it is the reasoned opinion of this writer, that Rescue Mission agenda have been a resounding success. Therefore, premises considered , the Rescue Mission government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha is awarded A plus .