Okorocha to repair abandoned federal roads Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has said that the state government will re-start work on some damaged Federal Government-owned roads in the state which the federal authorities failed to rehabilitate. Okorocha made the statement at the official opening of Imo State Liaison Office, called Dee Sam Mbakwe House, in Abuja on Wednesday. He said the federal government stopped the state government from repairing the roads, namely Port Harcourt road and Airport Road, because they belonged to it. “The Federal Government has refused to address some of the high issues relating to Imo State. The road is so bad and all I get is don’t construct, this is Federal Government property. “I have given them the end of this year, if they do not do it, I will do those roads for my people,” the governor said. Commenting on the liaison office building, he said the project was part of the story of his administration’s rescue mission in Imo. He explained the rescue mission was about getting things properly done. “This project was abandoned for 17 years and unfortunately government upon government never saw the need to complete this project,” he said. Okorocha said the state used rented premises for years, “but today we are proud to have this as our own”. “The guest house at the back which is the major project has over 40 rooms and has been leased out and we got N75 million into the coffers of Imo State. “The basement and the first floor here have also been rented by a bank for another N75 million totaling N150 million into the kitty of Imo state.” He said the building was named after Chief Sam Mbakwe, the first Executive Governor of Old Imo, to ensure that his legacy was not forgotten. The governor promised not to lead the people astray, saying that N3.2 billion generated from the revitalised Imo Palm plantation in Ohaji, Egbema, had been used to build 305 schools in all electoral wards in the state. He said that it was regrettable that the people of Nigeria had been divided by religion and ethnicity and attributed the numerous challenges in the country to corruption. He said that Nigeria deserved change in leadership to address the problems of the people. In an address, the Imo State Liaison Officer in Abuja, Ms Rosemary Okeke, said the piece of land was acquired in 1997 by then military administrator of the state, retired Col. Tanko Zubairu, who also laid the foundation stone. In a goodwill address, the National Chairman of APC, Dr John Oyegun, commended the spirit of service of Okorocha. The event was attended by dignitaries, including the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Chief Benjamin Uwajimogu, and President of Imo Community Association, Chief Ike Obasi. Others are former governor of Bayelsa, Chief Timipreye Sylva, Zubairu, Sen Osita Izunaso and Eze M. O. Kanu, the Chairman of Imo Traditional Rulers in Abuja.
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