The Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha has today in a media chat dismissed the allegation that his government spent N600 million on Christmas trees. He clarified that the said amount was spent on various project, the freedom park with an international conference center and roads within the facilities.
Gov. Okorocha proclaimed that his government came in on a rescue mission and has been able to deliver dividends of democracy by providing infrastructure, free education, security, health facilities, as well as initiated quite a number of good programs that have changed people’s lives for better.
He said his administration on inception braced to tackle ignorance and poverty. For instance, the free education program from primary to university level for the past six years has not only reduced poverty in the state but has in effect increased children’s enrollment into schools adding that even uniforms are being provided to pupils in primary schools.
Gov. Okorocha listed the construction of 500 new ultra modern schools and 27 new 200-bed across the local government areas of the state as among the numerous achievements of his administration in the last six years.
On the challenges facing his government, Gov. Okorocha listed huge wage bill and the dwindling allocation from the federal government among others.
On the way forward, Gov. Okorocha said his government is placing priority on agriculture and the state has now become big producer of rice and that palm plantations are being revived. He said the state has also focused on attracting foreign direct investment into the state with positive results recorded already. Also priority is the empowerment of women and youths to be profitably engaged.