Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha has shunned critics of the newly-completed Ikemba Ojukwu Tunnel at Concord Junction in Imo State, alleging that the flooding within the tunnel was caused by unusual heavy downpour of rain in recent days.
According to a press release signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, chief Press Secretary to the governor today:
The governor has therefore called on other Avengers or militants operating across the nation to also drop their guns and embrace peace in the overall interest of the nation and the citizenry.
Governor Okorocha also commended the contractor that handled the Tunnel at the Concord Junction called Ikemba Ojukwu Tunnel, for doing a good job and explained that the heavy rains have been the reason for the somewhat water log being experienced at the tunnel once it rains heavily. He said the contractor has gone back to take care of that.
The governor also announced that Imo State and whatever that is in it belong to God and not to any deity or ghost and advised those talking about deities or ghosts owing our market or any other establishment in the state to stop such uncivilized claims against the state.
The first citizen of the state equally appealed to Imo people to do away with the spirits of hate and bitterness, and have the spirits of love and peace and appealed to churches to always preach peace and love for one another instead of dabbling into politics that has already done a lot of harm to some churches and priests.
On Ekeukwu market, the governor reiterated the government’s resolve to ensure the relocation of the market to a more comfortable place using every legal means available and the essence is to achieve the government’s urban renewal programme, fix Douglas road and other adjourning roads, establish a model shopping mall and health centre, and all these will invariably raise the values of all the properties around the place. He then urged all and sundry to support the lofty idea of relocating the market.
The governor remarked that in line with his campaign promise since 2011, to take government to the grassroot by decentralizing power, the State Development Councils (SDC) will soon be inaugurated. And the SDC will carry out government’s functions and take official actions on behalf of the government including payment of salaries and pensions, and handling of projects to achieve the governor’s enviable desire to make the wards extensively feel the impact of government.