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I am not primarily interested in short-term benefits in everything I do. I take into consideration the long-term merits, and even when we managed the affairs of our dear state, every project, every policy was targeted towards not just the short-term relief but also the long-term.

I am not primarily interested in short-term benefits in everything I do. I take into consideration the long-term merits, and even when we managed the affairs of our dear state, every project, every policy was targeted towards not just the short-term relief but also the long-term.


The Clean and Green Initiative, for instance, though an instant success which transformed Imo to the cleanest state in the Federation wasn't just about the immediate but was a long-term continuous programme which had benefits that far outweigh its major focus of ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all of us. It was also an avenue for job creation and revenue generation. We even engaged firms like Mazi Ukonu and his recycling outfit which could turn our waste into money.
The few roads the little resources available to us could construct, we ensured we gave our people the best that would only need maintenance in ten to fifteen years, as is evident in roads like Egbu Road, Yar' Adua Drive, amongst many others constructed almost 10 years ago and they still stand strong today. Our focus was to address roads gradually as money became available to us but at the same time ensure that the wellbeing of our people such as salaries, pensions and gratuities were paid timely.
The Oak Refinery project was planned and designed to put Imo State on the map as not just an oil producing state on paper but also bring physical presence into the state. It is painful that the benefits enjoyed by other oil producing states are not enjoyed here in Imo State as we hardly even have oil firms with offices here which would have brought tax revenue to the state, jobs for our youths, especially those in the oil producing areas, as well as develop the basic infrastructure and amenities of the host communities.
You cannot achieve things like this by the wave of hand or by making empty promises, rather you achieve them through planning and projection towards the long-term.
The Oguta Wonder Lake Resort would have effectively put Imo State on the global tourism map, dwarfing places like Obudu and other tourist resorts in the country if we had gotten the chance to finish it.
We never planned to demolish or relocate Eke Ukwu market, unlike some propaganda some disgruntled people tried to sell. We had laid out plans to decongest street trading in the area and remodel the place to be able to accommodate all the traders in a closed space where people could access with ease.
Also, the high-rise parking lot complex at Ama JK was our vision which was copied, but because it wasn't an original idea of those who copied it, it has remained at the foundation stage for seven years now whereas we had a three year plan to get it completed and open it to the public.
In education as in everything else we did, we desired qualitative education whereby our children could defend their certificates. We didn't create unemployment by sacking everybody claiming we were saving money, rather despite the little we had, we employed more unemployed youths and made proper plans to ensure they would be productive and well paid.
We had already made consultations and negotiations with private partners to revive most of our moribund factories, many of them built during the time of Chief Sam Mbakwe as governor but left to fail by successive military administrations. With our financial constraints at that time we needed proper planning on the long-term to get our vision to work, and we were doing the best with what was available to us.
My dear brothers and sisters, as at 2007 to 2011 petroleum which still is Nigeria's major source of income sold at a very low price in the international market, dipping to about $35 per barrel at a point and at the same time we were making contributions from our allocations towards the repayment of the Paris Fund debt which the refund of the money my administration and that of Chief Achike Udenwa paid, is being enjoyed by a few today.
We were constrained financially to achieve our vision in a hurry but had laid out plans that would take us there with as little pain on our people as possible at record time. If we had the bumber allocations available to Imo State in the last seven years back then, within three years, Imo would not have had to depend on Federal allocations ever again to meet her internal and even external responsibilities, because we would be very capable of generating our own revenue and meeting our obligations from there while the Federal allocation could then be diverted to major infrastructural developments in the state.
That was our plan: to reposition Imo State towards development and ensuring that even after we left, our people would elect new managers to continue from where we had stopped, not rulers who don't understand what it means to govern a people.
I still have this vision, but now it is more expanded. Getting things to work for me would be like riding a bicycle because I am not coming to learn on the job like any other, rather I'm coming to reboot the system and get things to work the way it should. But it takes you and I to make it work.
Let's joins hands, my dear brothers and sister. Let's return Imo State to the path of prosperity and growth. Let us return Imo to the hands of God.
This is a cheering news and so refreshing. Political parties should ensure that they present their first eleven and best candidates come 2019. We must resist any attempt to foist on us political apprentice whose only mission is to protect his god father's sordid deeds and shield him from accounting for all the billions looted from Imo State. With the impending declaration by Barr. Hon. Uche Onyeogacha, the context is becoming keen and will be intellectually defined. Olu Owerri Exco; I do not envy you at all, your job is already cut out for you in choosing the best out of better aspirants. I am so happy with this news. Owerri Ndi Oma. Udodiri Nwoke di kwara Nwanyi.

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