2019: Imo Assembly Endorses Okorocha’s Son-in-law For Governor |The Republican News


Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha


Crisis brewing in the Imo State House of assembly may have escalated following the Assembly’s endorsement of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as a governorship aspirant in 2019.

Nwosu is currently the Chief of Staff in the Government House.

The House Committee Chairman on Petroleum, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission and Niger Delta Development Commission, Henry Ezediaro, said Nwosu was the most qualified to take over from his father-in-law, Okorocha.

Ezediaro, who spoke at a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Saturday, said the decision to endorse Nwosu was reached after the majority of the state’s lawmakers declared him the best to run for the position.

He said, “After meeting with the members of the House of Assembly, we, irrespective of party affiliations, have endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu. We urge him to contest the poll. If he does, we will support him to be the governor in 2019.

“On behalf of the lawmakers, we want to use this medium to appeal to the governor and thank him for his free education policy in the state, but without Uche Nwosu, the policy may die and that is why we want him to continue from where he will stop.”

The lawmaker denied there is a crisis in the House.

“The house is not in a crisis, we just disagreed on some issues,” Ezediaro added.  (Punch)

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Achievements Of Happiness Ministry Will Shock Critics – Okorocha |The Republican News


Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said achievements of the new Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment will shock critics of his administration.

Okorocha said the achievements of the ministry will be so amazing, that critics of the initiative will regret to have drawn the curtain for the new ministry even before it takes off.

This was even as the governor said former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim and the 2015 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Emeka Ihedioha are least qualified to criticise any of his policies or programmes.

His Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement, yesterday, said: “Okorocha is a man of ideas who thinks about the present and the generations yet unborn. He does not misfire on any issue, the attendant criticisms notwithstanding. When the new ministry begins to bear the expected fruits, the accolades will envelop the early criticisms.

 “We accept all the criticisms in good faith and commend the critics. That is what makes the society dynamic and our democracy juicy. The truth is that, the new ministry is not an accidental discharge but, a well-thought out idea that will benefit Imo people, in particular, and all men and women of goodwill in general. We only ask the critics to give us time. 

“Some people have also talked about Jacob Zuma’s statue as a referenced case. The criticisms that greeted the statue were all anchored on the corruption allegations against the South African president. Yet, the fact remains that the man is still the president of that country. He has neither been sentenced to imprisonment nor impeached following these corruption claims.

“We also want to let the public know that Ohakim and Ihedioha are not qualified to criticise Okorocha on any policy or programme. Ohakim was governor for four years and has no achievement to his credit. “

And that administration could only be associated with the flogging of citizens, including a priest. Today, Owerri has 12 lane roads, three tunnels, two fly-overs, five in-land roads, four pedestrian bridges, streetlights and befitting structures, courtesy of Okorocha.

“Chief Ihedioha was in the House of Representatives for 12 years and ended up being the deputy speaker but could not fix the only market called Nkwo-Mbutu in his ward, Mbutu, and all the Niger Delta Development Commission projects that have developed K-legs in the state are directly or indirectly linked to him.

“That was the reason he could only extract victory in the three local governments of Mbaise where he comes from, with INEC, and all the federal agencies fully behind him during the 2015 election.

“Rochas has more than 1,000 completed and verifiable projects located in various parts of the state. His achievements have surpassed the achievements of all those who had governed the state before him put together. Anybody with contrary claim should come forward with his facts or verifiable claims.

“We also want to use this opportunity to reiterate that the Imo State government is not owing workers’ salary. The government has been up to date in the payment of salaries.

“On the issue of pension, the government has also shown interest and commendable commitment to the payment. In December 2016, the government cleared all arrears of pension and began monthly payment this year. The government has only few months to clear and is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that the few outstanding months are also cleared. We stand to be challenged on all our claims.”   (The Sun)

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Imo Gov’t Defends Appointing Rochas’ Sister As Best For The New Ministry Of Happiness


The Rochas Okorocha administration has blamed the printer’s devil, for the wrong christening of the Ministry of Happiness.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said the typographic error led to the naming of the ministry as the Ministry of Happiness and Couples Fulfilment.It is now called Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment.

“There was a typographic error in the first statement issued on the swearing in of the new commissioners.
The word “Couple” was inadvertently written, instead of the word “Purpose,” we regret that.

The statement went on to justify the essence of the new Ministry and its purpose in the state.

“The real essence of life is to be happy and to fulfil one’s purpose in life; Government officials are elected to address this.

Happiness and Purpose fulfillment Ministry therefore, is established for the lost time to correct the policy framework to guide Ministries and Departments on what they must do to guarantee the citizens happiness and contribute better to the society.

“This is the very reason people elect their leaders to guarantee their happiness and purpose fulfilment.
A great leader therefore, is one who provides happiness to the people.

“Unfortunately, this vital element of our social lives has not been properly addressed. Governments at different levels have created several ministries and departments to achieve this, yet people are bitter, angry with hate speeches which lead to crisis, war and even terrorism,” the release read.

The statement further described the choice of Okorocha’s sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo as the Supervisory Commissioner in charge of the ministry as a wise choice considering her experience in administration.

“The choice of Mrs Ogechi Ololo, a Masters Degree Holder in computer Science, USA who has been the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor on Domestic Matters and Food Security can be described as a round peg in a round hole.

Before her appointment as the supervisory commissioner, she was charged with the responsibility of liaising with the Federal Government on N-Power Project, CBN Anchor project and BOI, Empowerment Projects.”

Governor Rochas Okorocha has also created other Similar Ministries such as the Ministry of Non Formal sector and Market development to address issues of the poor state of Imo Markets and organize the non-formal sector to make them more productive.

The Ministry of education was also split into three ministries, Primary and secondary, Tertiary non-Formal Education, ICT, Science and Technology. (NAN)

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Imo Lawmakers Shun Okorocha’s 2018 Budget Presentation |The Republican News


Gov. Rochas Okorocha presenting Imo State budget

From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri

Imo State lawmakers boycotted the 2018 budget presentation of Governor Rochas Okorocha, forcing him to postpone the annual budget proposal.

Last week, the state legislators cleared Okorocha’s list of commissioner nominees,  several weeks after the list got to them for consideration.

Daily Sun gathered that the leadership of the Assembly only learnt of the 2018 budget presentation through a radio announcement. And so, when the governor’s advance team got to the Assembly complex, they met an empty chamber, which prompted postponement of the budget presentation.

However, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, said cancellation of the budget presentation was as a result large discrepancies discovered in the budget speech and, as a result, the 2018 budget presentation could not hold.

“With utmost regret, we wish to inform the public that the announced presentation of the 2018 budget to the Imo State House of Assembly by the Governor, Rochas Okorocha, fixed for Tuesday, November 28, 2017  could no longer hold, owing largely to disturbing discrepancies discovered in the budget speech.

“A new date for the budget presentation will, as usual, be made public. We regret this development.  And, we appeal to all those concerned with the exercise to bear with us.” (The Sun)

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Imo Community Raises Alarm Over Alleged Invasion By Fulani Herdsmen |RN




The people of Amala communities in Ngor Okpala council area of Imo State who are majorly farmers, have raised the alarm over the alleged invasion of their farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.

They are calling on the state government to quickly intervene to avert a bloody clash between herdsmen and the people whose farms are being daily destroyed.

Venerable Kingsley Okere of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Amala, who made the appeal when the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor, paid a pastoral visit to the Church, on Sunday, noted the activities of the herdsmen and their cattle were already posing serious threat to the flock of God in the area.

He said they were not only worried over the current level of devastation of the people’s farm produce but were overwhelmed by the trailer loads of these cattle being dropped daily in the area and wondered when the invasion of the farms would end.

Ven. Okere, who observed that activities of the herdsmen and their cattle were causing unimaginable pains on the farmers who depended solely on farming for their survival and sustenance, expressed the fear that hunger would begin to ravage the communities if nothing was done to checkmate the activities of the herdsmen.

Traditional ruler of one of the three Autonomous Communities in Amala, Eze Bennette Osinachi Uduhirinwa of Alatia Community, described the situation as very ‘serious and critical.’

Eze Udushirinwa noted that tension was already building up as the youths are now threatening a show down with the invaders but were being calmed down. He the appeal to all relevant authorities to urgently step in to restrain the herdsmen from further destruction of their farms.

Amala is a border town between Imo and Rivers states. (The Sun)

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Imo State Gov’t Says No One Is Hurt In Ekeukwu Market Relocation In Press Release |RN

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Governor of Imo State, Owele Rochas Okorocha

By Ike A. Offor
Against all claims that Gov. Rochas Okorocha made a grave mistake relocating the Ekeukwu market in Owerri to a new site without adequate preparation and time given, his government has maintained that it did nothing wrong in the relocation plans.
Also, it was reported today that the security forces that moved traders to the new site shot and killed one young man, the government of Gov. Rochas Okorocha refuted this report.
In this press statement, the governor via his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo categorically said that the information for the relocation of this market has been made two years ago and that there were enough information and time to prepare everyone for the implementation, which is has taken place today.
Here is the press release:
It has come to our knowledge, the deliberate and Concerted effort being made by some elements who do not love Progress to use the relocation of the Ekeukwu Owerri market, to blackmail the government of the day and perhaps cause undue tension in the State.
These people who have refused or failed to appreciate the good of relocating Ekeukwu market Owerri to a more acceptable area have been dishing out rumours upon rumours including rumours of people being shot dead. These are wicked rumours.
The truth is that the Market is government’s Property and it is the decision of the government to relocate it to a better place and such action could not have led to such incident.
The Security Personnel around the market were there to ensure peace and they played that role professionally.
We are also aware that before now the hoodlums who have been using the market and environs as areas of their Operations have been threatening fire and brimstone over the government’s decision to move the market.
These hoodlums had also embarked on looting which led their being Confronted by some of the traders and it took the timely intervention of the Security Personnel to restore Order in that part of the market.
Unfortunately, those who hate progress have gone out with certain disturbing Claims and have also posted some photographs that have nothing to do with the Owerri issue on the social media just to see if they could discredit the government and the patriotic action taken in the overall interest of the State.
And Nigerians who have been following events in the State would attest that for almost two years the government has been announcing its intention to relocate the Ekeukwu Market to a better place.
The governor has asked the Security agencies in the State to investigate the rumours for the truth to be ascertained.
Sam Onwuemeodo

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BREAKING: Okorocha Bars Traditional Rulers In Imo From Speaking English

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Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has barred traditional rulers from speaking the English Language in any public function and in the conducting of the affairs of their communities.

Okorocha gave the order, on Tuesday, during the handing over ceremony of the staff of office and certificate of recognition to 19 monarchs at the  Government House, Owerri.

The governor said that traditional rulers in the state, must conduct their functions in the Igbo language, or get an interpreter where necessary.

Details later…

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