Re: The ThisDay Newspaper’s Assessment Of Governor Rochas Okorocha In What It Described As “Governors’ Midterm Report”, On Monday, May 29, 2017:
The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has read with reservations what one of the reputable Newspapers in the Country, THISDAY, Published on Monday, May 29, 2017 which it termed “Governors Midterm report”.
We reject the report on Imo governor in its entirety because it was totally an opposite of the facts on ground. And those behind it were tight-fisted with the truth.
Governor Rochas Okorocha and the Rescue Mission Government he superintends have tremendous respect for the THISDAY Newspapers. Ditto, the Editors. And the Governor would continue to hold them in high esteem. We also know that, in a report of that nature, Editors would depend on their state Correspondents to feed them on the situations in the given states or send a team to the respective states on fact-finding.
On our part, the issue of a team being sent to Imo on fact-finding preceding the report in question is totally ruled out because they would not have given such disdainful report on Imo. So, we believe, the writers must have depended on the Newspaper’s Correspondent in Imo for that outing. And that is the crux of our Concern.
The THISDAY Newspaper’s Correspondent in Owerri, is from Mbaise. Those who have been following Political developments in Imo especially concerning the 2015 governorship election would understand and appreciate why it is incumbent upon us to mention where he comes from. And he was the Returning Officer for Ngor-Okpala LGA during the 2015 governorship election in the State.
Those who controlled the processes of the 2015 elections in the State with their federal might gave him that assignment. And Governor Okorocha does not believe in vendetta, otherwise we would have taken steps to make the relevant agencies find out how he assumed that responsibility and what qualified him for that role. So we don’t expect him to tell his employers the truth about the monumental achievements of Governor Okorocha in Imo for the past Six Years.
Again, sometime last year, we invited some Senior editors and Columnists to the State to come and see the amazing achievements of Owelle Okorocha as governor of the State. The THISDAY Editor, our Sister in whom we are well pleased, Ijeoma Nwaogwugwu was invited. She assured she was coming. But, about forty-eight hours to the arrival date, she called to say she had earlier booked to travel. Perhaps, if she had come, she would have told the writers the truth.
However, before reacting specifically to the issues raised in the referenced report we want to repeat the Claim we have been making these days with every sense of commitment. THAT GOVERNOR OKOROCHA’s achievements in Imo in the past Six years have exceeded or superceded all that those who governed the State before him put together had achieved. This is our innocent claim. And we want to be Challenged on this innocuous Claim or Contradicted. We have more than one thousand verifiable projects to the Credit of the People’s Governor, Owelle Okorocha. And Imo people celebrate him except the few vocal elite.
NOW THE ISSUES:
The newspaper scored the governor “Average” in education; Below Average in Agriculture; poor in Health care; poor in infrastructure; and Above average in security. And of all these scores, we could only accept or take delivery of that of Security, and also make hay to reject others because they were grossly wrong scores.
We therefore tell our success story to justify our Claims:-
(1) EDUCATION: In education, Governor Okorocha should have been scored Excellent. And
this Excellent we have subscribed to, is not for the fun of doing so, it is based on outstanding
achievements or exploits in the area of education. Now read our lips and correctly too.
Imo State under Governor Okorocha has been enjoying free and qualitative education from Primary to Secondary and from Secondary to tertiary level. And it has been a success story all along.
Government has been supplying the students and pupils with free sandals, desks, lockers, chairs, uniform, stockings, etc.
Government has employed about 11,000 teachers both regular and those under Youth Must Work programme to ensure that there are enough teachers for the schools.
School enrolment in Imo has skyrocketed from 276,000 in 2011 to more than 850,000 in 2017 because of the free education programme.
Imo has topped in JAMB EXAM APPLICATIONS for 6years now (from 2012 – 2017) and has shown excellence in every public exam. The records are there.
Governor Okorocha has built new Universities and Schools like the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko; Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala University of Agriculture and Vetinary Medicine; Maritime University Oguta (now handed over to NAVY); College of Education Ihitte-Uboma; School of Health Okporo; Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS) Owerri; College of Technology Ehime Mbano; School of Nursing Umuowa; Young Scientist College Owerri; Imo Girls College Owerri; Owerri City College; Owerri City Primary School and others too numerous to mention. We have mentioned their locations for easy verification.
He has also built 305 upstair primary school buildings with one in each of the 305 wards in the state.