Former Imo Parliamentarian, Nkenna Nzeruo Rates Governor Uzodinma’s Achievements One Year In Office
The administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma, of Imo State, has been rated the best ever witnessed by Imolites since after the Late Samuel Onunaka Mbakwe’s leadership.
The above assertion was made by the immediate past House of Assembly member who represented Oru East State Constituency in the 8th House, Hon. Chief Nkenna John Nzeruo.
According to the erstwhile politician of Oru East extraction, in a parley with newsmen in Owerri, over the weekend, submitted that Governor Hope Uzodinma, through his litany of projects attained within the past one year has registered his name is the good book of Ndi Imo.
Hon. Nzeruo affirmed that in tandem to his 3R mantra of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Recovery, Governor Uzodinma is leaving no stone unturned in correcting the ills of past administrations.
Going down memory lane, Nzeruo applauded the Governor for maximum protection of lives and property.
He said, “Because Governor Hope Uzodinma knows what it means to be an exemplary Leader, he chose to uphold all tenets targeted at safeguarding the lives and property of Imo people, and those resident across the nook and cranny of Imo;
“Take for instance the recent insecurity situation that bedevilled the State, although it cut across the nation, but, Imo happen to have the low share of the crisis. This was so due to the technicalities, expertise, and public opinion implored by Governor Hope Uzodinma. He is a listening governor. Because he believes life is sacred, he applied cautioned, and today, there is relative peace.We pray it is permanent”.
Furthermore, the ISOPADEC Commissioner representing Oru East LGA, lauded the Imo number one citizen for recently assenting to a bill seeking for the establishment of the Imo State Security Organization, into law.
He buttressed that through the law, proliferation of firearms, and most related insecurity cases would be highly checkmated.
In his words, “The Governor recently handed over security vans to different security outfits in the State, a feat that has gone a long way in proving his dedication, resilience and determination in combating crimes and social vices. This is epochal”.
Commenting on the issue of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ISOPADEC, Hon Nzeruo disclosed that the massive records from the Commission are enormous, revealing that many projects to be executed by ISOPADEC are underway, and to be spread across the respective LGAs.
“The pragmatic steps, so far taken to recover the lost glory of the State, as well as the looted assets have rekindled the Hope of Imolites, that there is indeed light at the end of every tunnel, for the future of Imo State. The Governor has assured that in spite of the bureaucratic bottlenecks, the wealth of Imo people like the oil wells recently recovered from Rivers State, the Imo Transport Company (ITC), the former Eastern palm university, Ogboko, which is now fully state owned and rightly renamed, “Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University”, Ogboko, the Royal Spring Palm Hotels, just to mention a few, will not be allowed to remain in the wrong hands, under his watch. He has also used the instrument of the law to cancel the bloated pension for Ex-Governors, which is taking a toll on the State treasury”.
“In the same vein, Gov. Hope Uzodinma decided that what is good for the permanent Secretaries is good for the rest of the Civil Servants, thus he also provided free bus shuttle for Civil Servants, to convey them to work and back, from different ends of the State. This scheme has remained a marvel”.
In furtherance, Nzeruo commended Governor Hope Uzodinma on massive roads construction and reconstruction thus, “The basic infrastructure which serves every citizen of the State and even non-state actors is road construction. And the Governor is leaving no one in doubt about his resolve to make road usage a delightful experience. The terrible state of roads in Imo state before the arrival of Governor Hope Uzodimma was known to all. It got to the extent of the social media trending with viral videos of Imo roads! The Road revolution, from Owerri-Port Harcourt road, Owerri -Okigwe road, Owerri-Orlu road, Owerri -Aba road, and over 48 other roads at various stages of construction is not only enviable but an eloquent testimony of the dividends of good governance, by the 3R administration of Governor Hope Uzodimma”.
Other aspect of development orchestrated and achieved by the present Imo government include;
The creation of database of both pensioners and Imo workforce, full implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), strong synergy between the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary, periodic Imo Stakeholders General Assembly aimed at briefing Ndi Imo and getting to hear their plights.
In addition include the introduction of the Imo Health Insurance Scheme for the less privileged, proactive step of the Governor in handling the Covid-19 pandemic in the State which ended up making Imo a less affected State, total renovation of Dan Anyiam stadium and other projects to boost sporting activities in the State, agricultural revolution and the revamping of Adapalm, upgrading and putting into use the ICT Centres in all the Local Government Areas up to CBT standard. And other developmental projects and programmes too numerous to mention.
Hon. Nkenna Nzeruo concluded by charging all hands to be on deck, towards making Imo an envy of other States.
“We are all enjoined to support this administration to succeed. A peaceful Imo State where people can live and move freely is the desire of all men and women of goodwill. Imo is all we have and we cannot build it by destroying it”, he ended.