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IMO STATE: Where Slapping, Recovery Are Understood Than Governance

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By Ikenna ONUOHA

Imo is a state jointly bounded by three geo-political zones of Okigwe, Orlu and Owerri. His Excellencies, Chief Samuel Onunaka Mbakwe governed the state in the Second Republic, (1979 – 1984), Chief Evans Enwerem led the state in the Third Republic (1993) respectively prior to the arrival of the Fourth Republic in 1999.

These periods under review recorded unprecedented boost in the economy of the state. Most of the capital infrastructures currently generating revenue in the state were constructed and built by either Chief Mbakwe or Chief Enwerem when they held sway.

Without sounding judgmental, the state received little or no federal allocation to assist in the payment of workers’ salaries including the realization of other ancillary projects embarked upon by the then government, yet many achievements were recorded.

During the periods, Chief Executives of the state paid much attention to governance than frivolities like recovery, slapping or other jamboree exercises as the case maybe, owing to the fact that corruption was neither formalized nor customized by both the Governor and appointees of the government in the second and third republics. The major impetus for accepting political appointment in the First, Second and Third Republics was the capability of the individual to work sincerely, creditably and assiduously for the development of what we enjoy today (Imo State).

Be that as it may, 1999 ushered in another brand new Fourth Republic with His Excellency, Chief Achike Udenwa (Onwa) as Governor. No doubt, this period witnessed systematic penetration of corruption in the political firmament of the state. The reason may not be unconnected with the pause on civilian rule by the Military which however brought humongous hunger, starvation and penury. Yet, the government of Chief Udenwa recorded myriads of sustainable achievements in the state. The fourth republic followed the fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eight and currently the Ninth republics.

Regrettably, the issue of non performance on the side of Chief Executives in the state attracted the adoption of vendetta and revenge mission. This idea has done badly to the state than good. No wonder, individuals would complete eight years as Governor of a state as ours without any sustainable achievement to crown the administration apart from frivolities and painted sepulchers in place of projects. This is not only preposterous, exasperating, ludicrous or pugnacious but bizarre, comical and incongruous.

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Obviously, a sane person will see it as high-jinks for an alleged looter of social and moral amenities in a state like Imo to possess yet a strong army of powers to confront government committee for the recovery of properties said to have been stolen by the individual (s). This is indeed what my Government Teacher back then in the Secondary School described as ILLEGITIMATE POWER which is ascribed to a “criminal” who comes to your house to rob.

However, an action can be exhibited by cunning “criminal” to divert attention especially, when it is obvious that his/her days are numbered. This could be ascribed to the issue of “Slapping” of a former Chief of Staff wife and the “Recovery” of Government property.

Tactically, the public should be knowledgably smart to reckon that issue like “slap” never came up prior to an attempt by the recovery team of the state government to withdraw some properties of the state from individuals suspected to have been illegally and criminally converted to private use. This idea to recover government properties is commendable but the ovation and sympathy the said “slap” has generated no doubt has reduced the innocence of the recovery team. It is indeed a diversionary tactics to mortgage the conscience of Imolite as well as to curry favour.

To be candid, in our country today, the helpless Nigerians only see, read or informed on Television, Radio, or Newspapers when loots are discovered in Paris, Geneva, America or Britain, but are sidelined when the said widely broadcast “Abacha” loots is recovered. What it is used for and how it was recovered may not be the business of the masses but the business of the leaders. This is indeed a modern digitalized way of scamming the tax payers.

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The message in question is that some unholy greedy individuals entrusted with public trust looted the state dry, and not Christianizing or baptizing issue of mere slap. The former should not be allowed to gain credence than the later to avoid rendering the whole efforts of the recovery team to get the state back to work futile and fruitless.

It is very annoying that a state like Imo has become a dumping site where the shout of slap and recovery are capable of outshining the issue of governance. No doubt, the Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has allowed the issue of “slap” and “recovery” to divert his attention from rendering governance which is the fulcrum for which he was elected by Imo people.

Every road in and around the state capital is dangerously bad, the ones at the rural level are mostly hit, yet the Governor is keeping quiet with or without any sign that he is ready to hit the ground running having assumed office since three months. The people of the state elected Governor Ihedioha to render good governance and not to be distracted with recovery team. However, since the said committee is recently bedeviled with bribery scam, there is need for the Governor to disband them immediately to give way for governance.

Imo people should not forget in a jiffy that the same way Governor Ihedioha is recovering alleged stolen government properties today was the same way the outgone Governor Rochas Okorocha recovered some government properties when he came on board, a case of HRH Eze Cletus Ilomuanya is a typical example, yet he left the state worse than when he met it.

Ikenna ONUOHA is a Media and Public Relations Practitioner. He is the State Publicity Secretary, Imo Concerned Citizens (ICC).

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Award of Excellence: Eze declines nomination

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A vocal good governance advocate in the Niger Delta, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has declined accepting the Oil City Advancement Awards 2019, citing personal reasons.

Eze, according to the organisers of the awards, had been nominated due to his “immense contributions towards humanity and service towards ensuring peace, development and advancement of the Niger Delta region”.

However, responding to the award offer, Eze, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and an opinion moulder in the oil-rich region, said he had to turn the offer of award down for now so he could work more dedicatedly and become more worthy of the honour in future, even as he expressed gratitude to the award organisers.

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According to him, he had not achieved his actual mission in the region, which he said is to ensure the total enthronement of genuine democracy, through the election of APC government in the entire region, adding that until he achieves thist, he would not consider himself as being ready to accept an award for his inputs to what Niger Delta region is at the moment.

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He also reassured the people of the region that he will not relent in his struggle to ensure that the region benefits from what is due to her in the politics of Nigeria being the main source of the wealth of Nigeria.

“I will beg to decline accepting this prestigious award at this time for reasons surrounding my devotion and the need to give more of my time to ensuring that the people of the region get a deserving good governance”, he said.

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25 year old Orphan stranded in LUTH, three months after surgery

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A 25-year-old Nigerian orphan, Adeniyi Onalaja, a generator repairer, has been in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos in the last three months after undergoing surgery in his stomach. His ordeal started when he was experiencing pain in his stomach and the journey began from a hospital at Agbowa, Ikorodu and he was eventually referred to LUTH on April 4, 2019.

Upon medical examination, he was advised to go for a CT-Scan and this showed that a tumor was growing in his stomach and he was scheduled for emergency surgery on April 10, 2019, after signing an undertaking that funds will be made available. Afterward, there was a little complication that made him undergo another surgery because he could neither sleep nor eat on April 23, 2019. He has since been a resident of Ward E6 in the hospital.

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According to Onalaja, who hails from Ijebu-Ode, his father passed in 2006 and his mother died not more than a month ago. He is currently owing the hospital about Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N600,000) only which are the expenses incurred from the surgery, admission, laundry, and drugs from the pharmacy.

The orphan said he is currently living on the remnants of other patients on admission in the Ward because he has nobody catering for him. He expressed his readiness to fend for himself through his generator repairing skills if he has the opportunity to leave the hospital.

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He is appealing to well-meaning Nigerians to please help me out of his travail. Adeniyi Onalaja can be reached on 08165635903 and financial assistance will be appreciated, payment can be made into his Sister’s bank account- Bassey Rukayat Aduke, 3107620191, First Bank.

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BUSTED: Imo State Government Recover Mansion Ex-Governor Okorocha Gave To His Ethiopian Girlfriend [VIDEO]

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A video trending online shows the moment Imo State Recovery of Moveable Assets Committee stormed a property belonging to the immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha in Imo State.

A voice as heard in the video clip claim the former governor gifted the house to his Ethiopian girlfriend and she has been evacuated from the premises.

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Various items along with the lady’s undies were seen littered over the place.

According to Information Nigeria, the recovery team was led by Governor Emeka Ihedioha, who visited the place, with men of the Nigeria Police.

 

You will recall that officials of the State Government Committee on Recovery of Government Property, have broken into the sealed premises of Nneoma Okorocha, wife of former Imo state governor in search of stolen property.

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