Better days ahead for Imo people, Okorocha promises
â€¢Governor denies rift with Onu over SGF slot
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday took the oath of office for a second term, with a promise to do more for the people of the state.
Speaking shortly after the swearing-in ceremony, which held at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, the Imo Governor, told the people of the state to expect a more vibrant government that will be committed to serving the people better.
He maintained that he kept his campaign promises to the people in the last four years.
â€œFour years ago, I gave you my word. I told you that my word was my bond. I gave my people my word when I assured them that I would keep the citizens safe and secure within the four walls of our peace-loving state.
â€œIn two years of the Rescue Mission, kidnapping, baby factory, armed robbery, including bank robbery and other violent crimes became a thing of the past. Those crimes have been eradicated from our great land.â€
Speaking further, Okorocha, who was sworn-in alongside his deputy, Eze Madumere, said: â€œAs regards my second term, we shall consolidate on the gains salready made in the areas of security, free education, healthcare and road construction.
â€œThe financial constraint emanating from the shortfall in federal allocation, shortages in oil revenue and escalation of the dollar rate notwithstanding, we shall endeavor to meet up with the foregoing obligations and responsibilities without harming the stateâ€™s financial standing.â€™â€™
Meanwhile, Governor Okorocha denied rumous of face-off with former governor of Abia State and All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, over the choice of who becomes the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the new administration.
Okorocha, who denied the existence of a rift while speaking with newsmen at the Government House, noted that his relationship with Onu was still very robust and cordial, stating that the name of the former Abia governor was among the three names he submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration for the office of the SGF.
According to him, â€œwhen the Ndigbo lost the chance to produce the senate president or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, which was initially zoned to the Southeast, we then brought the idea of the SGF, I nominated Onu, Senator Chris Ngige and Professor Anthony Anwuka (Secretary to Imo State Government).
But this was before Buhari said he was not going to take any list from any governor.â€
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