Posted by News Express | 2 October 2019 | 739 times
As Nigeria celebrates 59 years of Independence, Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has said that significant progress has been made towards the rebuilding of the state as well as in nation building, based on the resolve of the people to live together as one, strong and united nation.
He noted that, “this is evident in the courage to confront the odds and the resilience shown in pulling back the country from precipice at all times.”
Governor Ihedioha also highlighted the successes recorded so far by his administration since coming on board on May 29, 2019.
In his broadcast to Imo people at the ceremony to mark the nation’s 59th independence anniversary celebration, held at the Cenotaph Arena in Owerri, Tuesday, Governor Ihedioha said this year’s celebration affords everyone great opportunity to pay glowing tributes to the nation's founding fathers such as the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
He said: “Here in the South East region, we must recall with deep respect, our immediate post-independence leaders like Sir Akanu Ibiam – the first Governor of the Eastern Region; Dr Michael Okpara – the regional premier, as well as such other great leaders such as Sir Mbonu Ojike, Chief A.C Nwapa, and Dr. K.O. Mbadiwe, amongst others.
“For these pioneer leaders and other nationalists across Nigeria, there was no sacrifice too much, nor any price too dear, to pay in the efforts to achieve a self-governing and a sovereign motherland.
“Today, we are beneficiaries of this great legacy of freedom – the tree of liberty planted and nurtured by the sweat and, in some circumstances, the blood of courageous men and women who resisted colonialism.
“However, like every other great nation, Nigeria has bravely endured the pangs of birth of an emergent nation. Indeed, at every point, our resolve to live together as one, strong and united nation has been evident in our courage to confront the odds and resilience to pull back from the precipice. We rose up to the demands of liberation struggle, bounced back from a civil war, and have kept faith with the task of nation-building. Together we have overcome, and shall yet overcome.
“As we take stock today, we have cause to thank God for the great progress we have made in nation-building and the abundant human and natural resources that we have been endowed with. Nigeria boasts of a very energetic people, dynamic culture, beautiful landscape, bountiful natural resources and a huge swath of rich agricultural fields, among several other endowments.”
Ihedioha explained that Imo State is blessed with people of great potentials and abilities yearning to be harnessed.
He said: “There is, indeed, no state where these blessings have been more evident than Imo State. I am proud to serve a state blessed with a very dynamic, youthful, educated, hardworking and peaceful people. We are a people with great potentials, yearning to be harnessed. Our mission as a government, therefore, is to make our state the beacon of hope for the country and, indeed, for the continent.
“To this end, as we celebrate 59 years of liberation from the clutches of colonialism, I enjoin the collective support and sacrifices of our citizens. We are too noble a people to limit ourselves to small aspirations. For this reason, we are engaging all Imolites to map out strategies to harness our huge human and economic resources.”
Ihedioha said that Imo State is on the path of economic rejuvenation anchored on the Imo Growth and Strategic Development Plan, a afive-year economic blueprint designed to rebuild the state.
“We will base our growth direction on a development agenda currently being put together, known as Imo Growth and Strategic Development Plan. This involves a five-year Economic Blueprint for our rebuilding process and for restoring Imo to its former glory.
“Accordingly, we have taken the first sure steps by building a strong institutional framework for Good Governance. We have adopted the ethics of Due Process in all government transactions in keeping with national and global standards.
“Imo State now operates the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system which is today boosting our Internally Generated Revenues (IGR),” he said.
The Governor who noted with excitement that the internally generated revenue of the state which was less than N300 million per month when he assumed office in May, has recorded over 150% increase with N795 million realised as at Monday (September 30, 2019) for the month of September.
“The Civil Service has taken its pride of place as the engine room for the delivery of government services. Reforms are ongoing to improve service delivery across board, motivate the workforce and right the wrongs inflicted on the psyche of the personnel by eight years of misgovernment,” the governor said.
He said rebuilding infrastructure such as roads is underway and revamping key sectors such as Education and Agriculture have received prompt attention from his administration.
His words: “We have embarked on a comprehensive plan of overhauling our infrastructure which was ruined by shoddy contract awards, quackery and entrenched policy of graft. Works are commencing shortly for the reconstruction of 14 critical roads, both within the Owerri Township and across the state.
“It is important to state that we are reviewing our security architecture with a view to ensuring security of lives and properties and restoration of confidence in government.
“We take note that we are a state blessed with a huge population of young people with great thirst for knowledge. The least any responsible government can do is to evolve strategies to satisfy this passion. We are therefore, working to restore education to its place of priority as the biggest industry in Imo State.”
•Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha (Middle) inspecting a Guard of Honour by the Nigeria Police at the ceremony marking the 59th Independence Anniversary Celebration at the Cenotaph Arena, Owerri, on Tuesday.
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