Emulate Oyo gov, Okorocha tells Ihedioha

Chidiebube Okeoma , Owerri The immediate past governor of Imo State , Rochas Okorocha on Thursday told his successor , Emeka Ihedioha , to emulate his Oyo State counterpart , Seyi Makinde. Okorocha, in a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo , said Makinde, despite taking over from the All Progressives Congress , promised that he would not cancel good policies undertaken by his predecessor. Okorocha insisted that Ihedioha had a vendetta against him . He said , “On Wednesday , August 14 , 2019 , Governor Emeka Ihedioha announced the constitution of a seven -man Judicial Commission of Inquiry on land allocations from June 2006 to May 2019. “Looking at the members of the panel, who are all card -carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party , and their terms of reference, one would have no other option but to conclude that the governor , as usual , has his target or mission , which is to continue his vendetta against the past APC government in the state and the man who headed it, Senator Rochas Okorocha.” He added , “For instance , the Prof Jude Njoku ’s education committee took no other action but to take over the PPP -oriented Eastern Palm University and also scrapp

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Ihedioha approves full salaries for Imo civil servants

Ihedioha approves full salaries for Imo civil servants

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The governor of Imo state , Emeka Ihedioha , has given executive approval for the complete payment of salaries to the workers of the state . The governor ’s approval was conveyed in a circular addressed to senior civil servants by the Accountant General of the state , Donald Igbo . The memo which was dated August 5 was sighted by our correspondent in Owerri on Friday . The circular partly read “ I am directed to refer to government House letter No GH / PL/ S111 / 141 dated 1 st August 2019 , on the above subject and convey His Excellency’s , Hon Emeka Nkem Ihedioha , Governor of Imo state approval to commence the payment of 100 % salaries to Imo state workers ,with effect from 1st August , 2019.” “You are therefore directed to submit your August 2019 salary with total adherence to 100 % salary structure agreed and signed by the government and joint labour Unions in 2011 .” “Please be informed that any other allowance ( s) or approval to a particular MDA outside the harmonized and approved 2011 salary table should seek revalidation /approval from his Excellency , the governor of Imo State before it can be used or accepted .” “I am furth

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Govt appointments: Women still marginalized-Princess Anene

Govt appointments: Women still marginalized-Princess Anene

By AFAM Echi A female protagonist and gender equality advocate, Princess Calista Anene has risen in protest to condemn the poor representation of women in the recent political appointments made by the Imo State government. The Oguta born Princess spoke at the side line shortly after the swearing in of the state Commissioners Wednesday at the Ahiajoku Arts and Culture centre. Fuming that only two women were appointed in the Ihedioha’s Rebuild team to take Imo to higher level she wondered why the governments finds it very difficult to respect the 35% Affirmative action stipulated by the United Nations. The Canadian based advocate for good governance insisted that women should be fairly represented in this PDP government led by Governor Ihedioha because according to her women fought more than men during the campaigns and elections with their adult children as the major voters. While she expressed gratitude to the governor for finding the women worthy, she also hoped that the governor will be magnanimous enough to give more women appointments in the subsequent positions to be filled. In her words, ‘lots of women who are interested in politics tend to shy away from it

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Ihedioha pulling down my projects at night, Okorocha alleges

Ihedioha pulling down my projects at night, Okorocha alleges

Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has accused Governor Emeka Ihedioha of plotting to discredit his achievements by secretly pulling down some of his projects at night. Senator Okorocha who made this known in a press statement he issued through his Special Adviser on media, Sam Onwuemeodo, said that “they have indeed, formed the habit of going at night to loot or pull down some of the structures Okorocha built and in the morning they would tell the world that such structures fell down like the waterfall at Freedom Square, Owerri just to blackmail the former governor and discredit his achievements. “And the issue now is that these structures have been standing for years before Ihedioha’s coming and the question now is, why have they begun to fall within the few months he came to power,” Okorocha stated. He further accused the governor of trying to fight back over the defeat they suffered in 2011, and 2015 when he assumed office. “They are also playing the politics of how to remain in power in the state having known that they didn’t win the 2019 governorship election because before now, nobody had become the governor of th

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List of Ihedioha’s Commissioners and their Port folios

List of Ihedioha’s Commissioners and their Port folios

1. Ministry of Justice: Ndukwe Nnawuchi (Owerri Municipal) 2. Ministry of Finance: Prof. Uche Uwaleke (Ihitte Uboma) 3. Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Entrepreneurship: Mr. John. Ekezie Okeahialam (Ezinihitte Mbaise) 4. Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources: Chief Emma Nworgu (Ngor Okpala) 5. Ministry of Health: Dr. Vin Udokwu (Orlu) 6. Ministry of Public Utilities: Hon. Chuma Nnaji (Njaba) 7. Ministry of Education: Prof. Mrs. Viola Adaku Onwuliri (Ahiazu) 8. Ministry of Works: Engr. Benjamin Ekwueme (Orsu) 9. Ministry of Lands, Survey and Physical Planning: Sir. Bon Unachukwu (Ikeduru) 10. Ministry of Youth & Social Development Umez- Eronini Okechukwu Unaeze 11. Ministry of Environment: Hon. Tony Okere 12. Ministry of Information and Orientation: Barr. Emeka Felix Ebiliekwe 13. Ministry of Gender and Vulnerable Groups Affairs: Chief Mrs. Nkeiru Ibekwe (Onuimo) 14. Ministry of Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture: Barr. Chijioke Nzekwe (Nkwerre) 15. Ministry of Technology Development: Mr. Meekam Mgbenwelu (Oru West) 16. Ministry of Transport: Engr. Sly Enwerem 17. Ministry of Budget & Economic Planning: Mr. Regin

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ENTRACO De-silts Blocked Tunnels In Owerri To Avert Floods

The Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO) headed by the Special Adviser to the governor on Sanitation Hon. Alex Emeziem Jnr has commenced the de-silting of blocked water tunnels occasioned by Okorocha's urban renewal projects in the state capital, Owerri. Hon Emeziem who defiled the early rains on Friday with his team of ENTRACO officials jumped into the blocked tunnels at Okigwe Rd Roundabout from where canopies, planks, rods, pipes, sands, gravels and other construction equipments and materials which apparently were left behind by construction companies that handled the urban renewal projects of immediate past administration. The former Governor of Imo State Senator Rochas Okorocha had embarked on what he described as urban renewal and road expansion within the state capital, leading to closure of duely constructed tunnels more than eight years ago. Consequently, flood at the state capital Owerri has remained a worrisome development, disrupting vehicular and human traffic at any slightest rainfall. RT. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha on the appointment of the ENTRACO General Manager, Hon. Emeziem vowed to reclaim and reposition the state and Owerri with

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Okorocha insists Eastern Palm varsity jointly owned

Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha,has insisted that the recently scrapped Eastern Palm  University in Ogboko, Ideato North Local Government Area of the state is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as against the findings of the Committee on Review of Tertiary Institutions led by Prof. Jude Njoku. Okorocha, in a press statement issued through his Special Adviser  on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, maintained that the committee scrapped the institution in a hurry, a thing he noted was born out of grudge. He accused the committee of going beyond their terms of reference to scrap the university. “Going by the nomenclature and task given to the committee,  Prof. Njoku exceeded the job of the committee by announcing immediate takeover of the university and scrapping of all the tertiary institutions built by Okorocha. “What was expected of the committee at the end of its assignment was to submit their findings or reports to the governor, who would then handover the report to the Attorney-General of the state, to look at all the legal ingredients involved in the establishment of the universities and others, before making any specific pronouncemen

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Ex-minister, 16 others make Ihedioha’s cabinet-nominees

Ex-minister, 16 others make Ihedioha’s cabinet-nominees

Chidiebube Okeoma , Owerri The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Collins Chiji, on Tuesday announced 17 names as nominees for Commissioners in the list sent by Governor Emeka Ihedioha . The Speaker, who read out the names during the plenary , appointed Eddy Obinna representing Aboh Mbaise as the chairman of the screening committee . Among the names were a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs , Prof . Viola Onwuliri ; a former Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Chuma Nnaji ; Vincent Udokwu, Bon Unachukwu , Reginald Ihebuzor and Emeka Ebiliekwe . Others are Benjamin Ekwueme , Prof Uchenna Uwaleke , Nicholas Amaefule , Chijioke Nzekwe, Ekezie Okeahialam, Meekam Mgbenwelu , Umez - Eronini Unaeze, Mrs Ibekwe Nkeiruka , Sly Enwerem , Emmanuel Nwaogu and Tony Okere . The Speaker urged the screening committee to do a thorough job and report to the assembly. He promised that the assembly would continue to support the governor in the determination to rebuild the state . Copyright PUNCH .

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Ihedioha visits Waltersmith Production Company on Facility Tour

The Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, alongside His Deputy, Hon. (Engr) Gerald Irona, and some members of the expanded EXCO paid a visit to the facilities of Waltersmith Production Company, Ohaji Egbema, Imo State. The visit was an immediate follow-up to a courtesy call by the Board and Management of the company to the Governor earlier today, led by the MD/CEO, Abdulrazaq Isah. Waltersmith is an upstream oil and gas production company currently producing 7,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and already in the construction phase of building a 5,000bpd refinery, with plan to build a 300MW gas fired power plant as well as an industrial park within the same vicinity. Over the next 48 months, the project which includes expanding the refinery capacity to 25,000 bpd, aggregating feedstock from neighbouring gas fields, is expected to be completed. The visit was also graced by the executive secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, who stated categorically that Waltersmith is a case study of the positive outcome of the drive to build national content in the industry by promoting local participation in marginal field development. Both the

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Court of Appeal Re affirms Ugonna Ozuruigbo as the duly nominated candidate of the APC for Nkwere, Nwangele, Njaba and Isu Federal Constituency

Court of Appeal Re affirms Ugonna Ozuruigbo as the duly nominated candidate of the APC for Nkwere, Nwangele, Njaba and Isu Federal Constituency

The Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital has reaffirmed the authenticity of Rt. Hon. Ozurigbo Ugonna as the duly nominated candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Nkwere, Nwangele, Njaba and Isu Federal Constituency. The eminent justices quashed the ruling of the lower court, faulting the nomination of the former Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, and returned him as the duly nominated candidate of the Party. The judgement brings to an end every controversy surrounding the representation of the largest federal Constituency in Nigeria, as it renders useless, the Certificate of Return issued to the PDP candidate in that election. Meantime, the news of the judgement has been greeted with tumultuous jubilation by the people of Nkwere Nwangele Njaba and Isu Federal Constituency, as they reaffirm faith in the capacity of the multimillionaire businessman turned politician to represent them effectively in the Green Chambers.

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