Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday said the latest open letter written by
former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari on the
worsening insecurity and unrestrained bloodletting in the country, has
vindicated its position and that of millions of Nigerians that Buhari
had failed as the nation’s chief security officer.
opposition party, therefore, urged President Buhari to listen to Obasanjo.
even as the party described the open letter as patriotic, momentous and one that
“captures the apprehensions of majority of Nigerians across the board.”
statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the
party noted that President Obasanjo’s letter “reechoes its numerous cautions
against the violations, insensitivity, impunity, vindictiveness, divisiveness,
intolerance and dangerous sectionalism that characterise the Buhari
administration and which are jeopardizing our national unity.”
President Buhari to “read between the lines and listen to the voice of reason
from well-meaning Nigerians at this moment.
statement continued: “Our party is deeply worried that our nation, which grew
in leaps and bounds in all sectors before the All Progressives Congress (APC)
took over in 2015, is now dangerously sliding on all fronts under President
Buhari, who has shown crass incompetence in managing our national affairs.”
maintained that had President Buhari heeded wise counsel to re-jig his parade
and respect the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians in the national interest,
Nigeria would not have been on this dangerous bend.
remains that President Buhari has not demonstrated the capacity to lead a
nation as complex as our Nigeria. Events have shown that he cannot handle our
diversities and ensure a united and equitable country that guarantees fairness,
justice and space to all citizens without fear or favour.
therefore counsels President Buhari to listen to the pulse of our nation;
accept his failure and seek help from other well-meaning Nigerians so as to
take back our nation from this imminent precipice.”
also called on all Nigerians across divides, irrespective of creed, ethnicity
and political leaning, to close ranks, eschew all primordial and parochial
interests and work together for the stability of the nation.
Barrister Jiti Ogunye, a
constitutional lawyer and public affairs analyst, is the Principal
Counsel, Jiti Ogunye Chambers. In this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, he spoke on former president Olusegun
Obasanjo’s letter and his proposed Coalition for Nigerian Movement and other
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo in his letter to President Muhammadu
Buhari asked him to honourably dismount from the horse and not bother seeking
reelection in 2019. Do you think this advice should be heeded by the president?
think that a lot of people are rather angry that the advice is coming from
former president Olusegun Obasanjo. They regard him as hypocritical,
self-serving, holier-than-thou and overbearing bordering on dictatorship.
Some have even accused him of suffering from messianic complex, I am the best
and people who have come after me don’t know anything about governance.
That is the criticism of many because those that Obasanjo arranged to succeed
him in power weren’t fit for the purpose, either because they were ill, most
unfortunately allegedly to Obasanjo’s knowledge when he foisted them on the
party, PDP and on Nigeria being their willing campaign manager or because of
lack of seriousness in an otherwise serious environment of governance. He
has been accused of being a failure on that score alone, not to talk of the
policies that he himself implemented when he was in government. Those
criticising him are more or less saying that the teacher is not qualified to
teach or ‘Teacher, don’t teach me nonsense’. But I have publicly argued that
even if we are to look towards the Scriptures and hearken to the injunction
therein which says that ‘ What you are desperate to hear from the wise and
prudent, sometimes it comes from the babes and the sucklings’. In this
part of the world, the Yoruba will say that sometimes, what you are anxious to
hear from the wise or from the mouth of the sane, may come from the mouth of
the madman. So for me, there is a distinction between Obasanjo the person
and the message he has given.
Why do you say that?
Chief Obasanjo has said is not what the ordinary people are now saying. Indeed,
I regard him as a fantastic collator, as a person who deftly has assembled the
gory facts of our national existence at this time and has delivered a message
of pervading hopelessness on the country. He has travelled through all
that afflict us such as poor economic management, disastrous foreign policy,
nepotism in government, worsening ethnic relation in the country, clashes
between herdsmen and farmers and the state of insecurity which is very
alarming now all over the country. We were told that Boko Haram has been
degraded and technically defeated but we still see what they do. Each time they
strike, government spokespersons say they are only attacking soft targets as if
those soft targets are not human beings that should be protected. Also to
be mentioned is the anti-corruption war which has suffered some kind of
reversal because of obvious nepotism, some people being regarded as sacred
cows. So, Obasanjo has collated all these and my expectations are that
government should sit down ask itself sincerely: What is Obasanjo saying? What
are Nigerians saying? What areas require urgent remediation? How do we
have a more prosperous, united union for our country? The issue of
restructuring by the APC panel which they really don’t want to initially but
which they are now goaded to revisiting. In the manifesto, you promised
that we are going to have devolution of powers, restructuring, state police and
all that but now, they have to be reminded that it is a promise they made in
their manifesto. They denied it but eventually they set up a committee which
has now turned in a report to the party. So, how do you then get the government
of the APC to accept these recommendations and then move the discussion
forward? I think these are the things that the government should look to.
What is your perspective on the response by the FG through the Minister
blandish throwback of economic indices and data that is usually the knee-jerk
response of government won’t help in this situation. You can throw up
your economic indices and data showing that the economy is improving
fantastically. You can talk about the Stock Exchange that is rated very high by
western countries, all I know is that wages have not increased, people are
spending more now to buy less, and things are costlier now than they were
before. For those who are making comparism between locally produced rice and
imported rice in terms of price to show that those imported bags of rice were
costlier than the locally produced ones. Do you expect a bag of rice that is
produced in Nigeria to be costlier than the one that is imported with import
duties and so on? Those are not the arguments you should throw up.
Parents find it difficult now taking care of their children. It is more
difficult for people to go to school now. So, this government of Change should
look at all these. We miss the point when we just say to hell with
Obasanjo and his bad verses. Assuming Obasanjo was opportunistic in
writing that letter, if there were no issues for him to write about, if this
government had delivered on its promises to Nigerians, he will be sounding
stupid writing those letters. The letter will not gain any resonance in the
polity. In fact, Nigerians will dismiss him as somebody who has lost his mind
because what he wrote in his letter is so different from the reality on
ground. But his letters always gain resonance because of what is on the ground.
The only caveat I have is that now that these analyses have been made, what is
What is your take on Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigerian Movement?
we are top take the model of the ramshackle liberal democracy we claim that we
are practicing, Obasanjo’s recommendations is outside the framework of what his
Coalition for Nigeria, which may then transmute into a political party and then
contests election at which stage he said he will then withdraw because he wants
to continue to play the role of an elder statesman having said earlier than he
is done with partisan politics. He even said in that letter that those
who must be willing to participate in his conceived Coalition for Nigeria must
come from all walks of life. Given the follow-ups to that letter, we
learn that politicians across the two political parties (APC and PDP) are being
wooed to participate in this coalition. That part is a path that is
fraught with danger because it is a recipe for recycling those who have caused
our nightmares in the last 19 years of our democracy. As you now realise,
the APC is not too different radically from the PDP. In any case, those who are
in PDP before are now in APC now and some of them are giving the hint that ‘if
their people asked them to go back to their home in PDP, they will
go’. If you are asking those who are disgruntled about the Buhari
administration to now find their ways into this coalition for Nigeria, what you
are going to have is still chieftains of the political class of Nigeria
cohabiting in this coalition for Nigeria and then bidding for power being posed
as an alternative. My own suggestion is that you have all these political
parties in Nigeria and INEC is complaining now that they are unwieldy. These
political parties should do some serious soul- searching realistically since
they have to play mass politics and not office projects, staying in one office
and issuing press statements and deluding themselves that they are mass-based
political parties. Isn’t it time that they merge based on ideological affinity
and political similarity. In other words, they should go back to play the APC
playbook now that they still have time. All of them must start talking to
one another right now and say ‘we should be the alternative’ and then the
Nigerian people can then see the alternative to the APC and PDP and not what
Obasanjo is recommending.www.independent.ng
State General Manager of Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO), Sir
Alex Emeziem has admonished Imolites and residents to embrace the new
philosophy of the nascent Governor Emeka Ihedioha regime on propagating
hygiene, cleanliness and environmental aesthetics of the state so as to promote
the beauty of the state by planting flowers and trees and shun improper
disposal of waste to avoid diseases that may emanate there from.
disclosed this while addressing select group of Journalists during a facility
visitation around the state capital on Friday June 21st 2019. According to him,
“Go Green, Stay Clean” is a concerted efforts of the State Government geared
towards keeping the state clean by planting flowers and ornamental trees at
strategic locations so as to beautify the state capital and recover its loss
glory; promotion of cleanliness which he described as close to Godliness and
propagation of lofty health ideals through proper waste management
condemned the despicable conduct of dumping refuse with reckless abandon. He
warned that offenders will be met with the full weight of the law. According to
him, the state has employed about “600 road sweepers who receive emoluments not
lesser than the new minimum wage. Sir Emeziem the new ENTRACO General Manager
unfolded plan by the agency to embark on what he described as “door to door
refuge collection” by staff of the Agency at regular intervals. He also
canvassed for tagging off refuse.
to him, the task of keeping the state “Green and clean” should involve everyone
and all tiers of government as outbreak of diseases from dirty environment does
not discriminate. He sued for public awareness and promised to give the outfit
a human face. He promised to partner necessary agencies towards effective
disposal of wastes; beautification of the Owerri Capital city and the various
Local Governments as models of good environments should be concern of all.
ENTRACO General Manager disclosed that the State Government has inaugurated a
committee which has 10 days mandate to provide solution to blocked drainages
and obstructions on channels that enhance water flow. He promised to close
illegal motor parks which litter the state capital. He cautioned that the
agency will step on toes, hence he need to sensitize the people against the
practice of establishing diverse business outfits at undesignated areas. He
promised to give the new ENTRACO a human face as opposed to what obtained
during the tenure of the last regime.
It’s no longer news that, at long last, the governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has declared a state of emergency on dilapidated physical infrastructure in Imo State.
Initial focus is on roads and basic social amenities that are in terrible conditions.
Incidentally, soon after the declaration of the state of emergency on infrastructure, Rochas Okorocha, the controversial ex-governor, and his agents came out with a faux pas and shot themselves badly on the feet.
They shamed and disgraced Rochas by showing that he didn’t know the meaning of infrastructure.
While every sincere, sane and normal person in Imo State knows that there is gross paucity of physical infrastructure in Imo State, warranting the declaration of state of emergency, Rochas and Company feign ignorance and lack of knowledge and understanding of that. Yet, Rochas was governor for eight years!
Is it not preposterous that Rochas’ sense of infrastructure begins and ends with sand, cement, bricks and slabs, wood and zinc structures? Is it not perplexing that Rochas believed that roundabouts, squares and centres, fronts and falls, statues and images were infrastructure?
In 2011, at the highly regrettable advent of Rochas as Imo governor, his predecessor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, bequeathed him with heavy duty machinery and equipment that were procured for the maintenance of rural roads in the 27 LGAs of Imo State. The supervising agency was the Imo State Rural Road Maintenance Agency (IRROMA).
Chief Ohakim handed over to Rochas some machinery and equipment for the promotion of agricultural revolution. He gave Rochas some intra-city buses owned by the government and people of Imo State.
That’s not all. Chief Ohakim handed Rochas a State with the record as the cleanest State in Nigeria and by extension, Africa. He bequeathed to Rochas a sound civil service, local government system, 10,000 gazetted and remunerated jobs for Imo youths, high quality education, good quality hospitals and healthcare centres, public water supply.
Chief Ohakim initiated the construction of two flyover bridges in Orji and Amakohia but didn’t complete them.
What Rochas Okorocha was ignorant of and oblivious about was that what Chief Ikedi Ohakim handed over to him were physical infrastructure.
Indeed, Rochas confirmed that truly ignorance is a killer-disease. Ironically, ignorance destroyed him politically and turned him into an object or subject for carricature.
The same condition of ignorance caused Rochas to loot and convert IRROMA machinery and equipment to his private estate.
Ignorance led him to destroy the free flow of public water supply. Ignorance led him to begin a “free education” he knew nothing about, leading to the fallen standard of education in Imo State. Ignorance led Rochas to destroy the waste disposal and management system of which he looted and converted the machinery and equipment for that as handed over to him by Chief Ohakim.
Ignorance made Rochas to destroy the health sector, hospitals and healthcare centres, only to float the elephant projects that he called 27 General Hospitals, which he abandoned as uncompleted projects.
Ignorance made Rochas to convert to his own property the intra-city buses he received from Ohakim.
Ignorance caused Rochas to sack a democratically elected local government administration and set up a‘ohashierism’ Community Government Council (CGC).
Ignorance led Rochas to quash the employment of 10,000 youths into the civil service of Imo State and he never succeeded in employing anybody in real terms thereafter.
Ignorance made Rochas to neglect and abandon the roads in Imo State, particularly the rural roads for which the brand new IRROMA machinery and equipment were procured.
Ignorance caused Rochas to detest respect for rule of law and due process. If I continue to list what ignorance contributed to the failure of Rochas in Imo State, night will fall and day will dawn!
Governor Ihedioha, within his first 30 days in office has assessed the grossly dilapidated condition of Imo State and concluded that there is no ‘mekwatarism’ to the havoc caused by Rochas to deny Imo State and Imo people everything good.
He has decided to declare a state of emergency on infrastructure. That is the way to go. You don’t continue to pour water into a badly leaking jerry can. You discard it and get a new one that’s not leaking. That’s what Governor Ihedioha has done.
Rochas and Company criticized the decision very unfairly, describing it as state of emergency on stomach infrastructure.
I sized up the opinions of some reputable pundits and they feel that both on physical infrastructure and stomach infrastructure, Rochas failed himself and Imo people.
The pundits express support for the decision by Governor Ihedioha, urging him to add stomach infrastructure to physical infrastructure in the state of emergency.
They were of the view that in real terms, the primary purpose of government is the provision of good quality physical infrastructure and stomach infrastructure. They argue that on both types of infrastructure, Rochas was a failure.
It’s on that point of view by people of Imo State that I draw the curtain on this short essay.
.Nwadike is the Special Assistant on Research to the Governor of Imo State
first thank Prof. Viola Onwuliri for inviting me to this 7th Prof. Celestine
Onwuliri memorial lecture and also according me the honoured responsibility of
delivering the Keynote speech at this event.
like to note that since taking over the mantle of leadership of our State,
which of course I found in unquantifiable ruins, this is my first public
lecture. I am glad it is in honour of one of our very best and a rare patriot,
Prof. C.E.O Onwuliri, who left us painfully in 2012.
Viola spoke to me about the possibility of my delivering this keynote speech, I
did not hesitate but readily accepted not minding what my programmes may be on
that date. I accepted because of my firm belief in the need to honour those who
have excelled in both public and private life whether they are alive or dead.
This sincerely, I found an intriguing impetus for the rest of us to take public
life serious as history will always be there as a compass for our judgement at
the appropriate time. I also accepted the invitation because those that know me
well will tell of my desire for gender and youth inclusion in development, my
belief in their respective capacities and the need to advance their cause
through affirmative action.
audience, I have been asked to speak on the topic “Partnering with women and
youth for economic growth and sustainable development in Imo State”. The topic
is quite apt and timely. It also squarely fits into the vision of our administration.
Recall that in my inaugural speech, I devoted a section of the speech to
restate our commitment to women and youth in our quest to rebuild Imo. I said
“our government shall be sensitive to gender issues, and ensure gender equity
in government appointments and activities. We shall equip Imo women and youth
with resources, micro-credits, skills training and entrepreneurship programmes
to ensure productive undertakings”. This is our agenda and our vision for women
and youth in Imo State. In line with my commitment to my inauguration speech
as Governor of Imo State, I hereby restate that our government, working
with its partners and friends, will seek ways of harnessing our youthful
population and women folk in a manner that releases their best potentials for
sustainable growth and economic development. It also gives me great pleasure to
be here today to hear from you, interact with you and hopefully, together,
forge a way forward to our collective aspirations as N’dimo.
Youth constitute a greater segment of the active population in Africa
particularly in Nigeria. Over time this critical component of the active
population has not been adequately empowered to be productive and to contribute
its quota to national development. This situation has continued to be a cog in
the wheel of our economic growth.
to available figures from the last census conducted in the state and
projections there from, more than half the population of Imo State is between
the ages of 15 – 64 years old, with a 49.7% versus 50.3% split between the
population of women and men respectively. This means that across the 27 local
governments, the youth population contributes at least a larger percentage of
the population. What this implies is that using a working definition of Youth
as defined in the African Youths Charter (adopted by UNESCO) to mean ‘’every
person between the ages of 15 and 35’’, women and youths constitute a
proportion of Imo State that cannot be overlooked in the scheme of policy
initiation and implementation in the state.
these demographic groups have generally been under-served by previous
governments in this state and have generally been treated as burdens, hence
they are treated like recipients of occasional handouts from government rather
than being equal stakeholders in the task of socio-economic development.
estimated population of Imo State is 5,953,610 with approximately 67% under the
age of 30years, with a substantial percentage out of work. It therefore makes
it imperative for something urgent to done to improve the skills and
productivity of this segment of our population. If this is the case, then we
have crisis in our hands, if nothing urgent is done to address the growing
unemployment due to lack of opportunities. I do not intend to sound alarmist,
but something practical has to be done, imminently so.
the economic advancement of our State as envisaged in the blueprint of the new
government must recognize the implications of these demographics. Any economic
planning without considering the improvement of livelihood and capacity
building, targeting this important segment of our population would be adjudged
short sighted. In the industrialization and agricultural drive for Imo State,
one of our major policy thrusts is the absorption of our talented and
industrious women and youths. In this partnership, we cannot afford to exclude
any demographic group.
It is for
this reason that our government is designing a programme to resuscitate and
revitalize the four technical schools and our vocational colleges to provide
our youth with the necessary skills required to galvanize industrialization of
the State and equally make them wealth creators than dependants. We shall
reform the entire educational sector to enthrone quality , effectiveness and
functionality to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Clark of United Nations Development Programme in a report noted that ‘Africa’s
large youth population presents an enormous opportunity for development’. I
posit that as much as it presents an enormous opportunity, it also poses a
clear and present danger, if untapped. I also subscribe to the view that by
harnessing the potential of Africa’s youth by investing in education, skills
development, and other social initiatives, we can reap enormous dividends and
spur the continent’s development. We are determined to provide education suited
to the ICT fueled blue, green and grey economies of the future; an example
being the partnership with Microsoft on the training of 200 women and girls from
across the 27 local governments areas as already happening at CBT in Imo
State University, IMSU, and will be ongoing for about 12 weeks with focus on
the knowledge of coding, web design, mobile apps and basic ICT for adult women.
in a study in 2013 entitled State of Women in Cities, it was noted clearly that
women are the pivotal drivers of commercial growth and that wealth in their
hands leads to much more equitable outcomes in terms of quality of life for
families and communities. The same study advocates the imperative that women
and men should enjoy equal rights and opportunities in cities on moral/ethical
economic and political grounds. This will not only engender women’s well-being
but it will increase their individual and collective prosperity as well as the
prosperity of the cities”. Women should be given equal opportunities. Indeed
asking for it diminishes our estimations of our women who I strongly believe
can compete with our men on any front.
I am a
strong advocate of the age long axiom that when you train a woman, you train a
nation. It is therefore on these premises of necessity, backed by age-long
empirical evidence that we as a government shall focus on women and the youth
as potential forces to drive economic growth and sustainable development in our
women were in the fore front of my campaign for office, toiling day and night
to deliver the new Imo, with limitless opportunities. Youths on their part,
were the foundation of carrying our message to the people.
also based on these indisputable facts that global bodies such as the United
Nations and its agencies, World Health Organization (WHO), International Labour
Organization (ILO), UNESCO, etc, focuses attention on women and young people as
critical change agents towards the achievement of the United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
prospects, we have real challenges
the youths have played an important role in the repositioning of political
leadership in Imo State. Many of our erudite women have excelled in political
offices, in business, education , Science and Technology, and indeed all
sectors of the Nigerian economy. This display of capacity is evidential proof
that incorporating women and young people in the Rebuild Imo Project will be
mutually beneficial. Given that women and young people are key participants in
the different sectors of the Imo State economy such as Healthcare,
Transportation, Education, Civil service and the private sector, the Rebuild Imo
Project shall lay emphasis on carrying our women and youths along as they bring
much to the table when economic growth and sustainable development is the case
properly address the subject matter, we must acknowledge the real challenges we
face in the State. In doing this, an analysis of our strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities and perceived threats will be imperative and set the pace for
engaging with these challenges.
of strength, Imo state has arguably the most educated female population in
Nigeria. We also have the highest school enrolment in the country, highest
number of candidates for Senior School Certificate Examinations as well as the
Universities and Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME). We are
constantly inundated with news of the successes of our intelligent and high
flying youth of both gender in the national results of WAEC, JAMB, UTME, and at
graduation from universities and post graduate programmes across the world.
This continues to underscore the educational acumen of our youths and it is a
quality our government has taken note of and will exploit for the benefit of
correlates with the number of Imo indigenes graduating annually and
participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Such endowment is
indicative of inert strength.
of weaknesses, the present administration has inherited a situation where youth
unemployment is at an all-time high. Education, which used to be the
pride of the State has been made less functional than it was a decade ago.
Participation in sports among young people is fast declining, leaving out lots
of energy and time for nefarious and unwholesome activities, which some engage
opportunities abound in the strength and quality of our population teeming with
millions of educated and naturally endowed women and young people,
participating actively in various aspects of the economy. Such demographics and
zeal can be compared to a “loaded gun”. Armed with these key ingredients, we only
need to effectively and efficiently implement our blue print for a developed
and prosperous Imo State.
be insincere if we do not acknowledge the fact that our plans for a revamped
Imo State using the instrumentality of our women and youths is subject to
threatening factors. Given the lack of direction in policy formulation and
implementation as well as the arbitrariness of development planning in the past
few years, there is a lacuna that must first be filled before tangible
development can take place.
we have taken the right steps so far by virtue of our blue print as articulated
in my Manifesto and by the Transition Technical Committee. It is worthy of note
that the appointments in the government so far has taken the foregoing facts into
consideration. An all-inclusive government featuring women and young people in
positions of trust is what we have tried to do so far. In the recently
constituted Interim Management Committees of Local Governments, we made sure
that Our Youths and Women were involved as equal partners. As more of our
appointments are made, Women and Youths will be accommodated as joint
stakeholders in project Rebuild Imo.
and gentlemen, without sounding immodest it might interest you to know that
prior to my election as Governor, I had spent twelve remarkable years in the
National Assembly facilitating programmes that empowered women and youth using
several federal government agencies. The litany of these programmes are
available for any interested person as I do not intend to bore you with the
you, therefore, that in Imo under my watch there will be no glass ceilings for
women and youth or heights which they are not permitted to attain. I dream of
an Imo State where women are not marginalized because of their gender or for
any reason at all. I dream of an Imo State where the youths are properly
educated and up-skilled to engage the challenges of the 21st Century. I dream
of an Imo State where healthcare and various social services are available not
only to the privileged, but to all. I dream of an Imo State where
entrepreneurship thrives because progressively the various levers of policy,
regulation, and implementation encourage economic growth and sustainable
development. I dream of Imo State as a land of justice where peace thrives for
incorporating Women and Youths
As I have
mentioned earlier, we have taken the issues of women and youth empowerment as
an agenda of government and we are determined to make it count.
addition to a capable civil service, we also need a robust private sector. A
private sector, capable of self-replenishment can only be possible if an
enabling environment is created, which provides equal opportunities
transcending the barriers of age and gender in which individual talents and
business acumen begin to thrive. Beneficial interaction between the private and
public sectors is a sine qua non for a well-developed private sector economy.
This realisation we shall undertake by empowering women and young people who
are the major players in the private sector.
agree with me that funding is a key impediment to the implementation of
business plans, especially by individuals. Our government will strive to bridge
this gap by working with institutions such as the Central Bank of Nigeria
(CBN), , development banks, development partners and other multilateral
agencies to provide access to soft loans targeting women and young people in
the area of Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, Technology as well as
Education. This will provide the required funding for start-ups in these
sectors and thus positively reduce unemployment to the barest minimum.
government shall ensure that young people get the right orientation towards
becoming employers of labour, instead of aspiring to qualify for employment.
This we shall achieve through various community development projects and
empowerment programmes targeting young people and Women especially school
leavers and graduates and designed to fund the acquisition of entrepreneurial
skills and mind-set. The present administration shall provide easy access to
information on what services women and young people can access. This would
range from security to healthcare and financial services. This openness would
establish the much needed interaction for technology transfer, ideas
cross-pollination and the monitoring, evaluation and implementation of economic
policies that impact on women and young people in Imo State.
we shall provide enabling environment for the establishment of Small and Medium
scale enterprises in various areas of the economy. Taking into account the
attendant limitless capacity to employ the teeming population of young people,
we shall undertake conscious, calculated and timely interventions. These would
include improved security, lowering of entry barriers, and most importantly,
tax holidays. The overall aim is to woo investors, local and foreign alike.
What we stand to gain
implemented, the above interventions will transform our state into a new era of
a limitless capacity for internally generated revenue (IGR). With revenue
derived at different stages and from different sectors, positive growth seems
certain. This would ensure the actualization of SDGs 1, 2 and 3. That is, No
poverty, Zero hunger, Good health and wellbeing.
implementing these strategies would set a precedence upon which further
traction can be achieved. We shall capitalize on the established policies,
methods, processes and channels and set a standard for subsequent
administrations and a model for other states in Nigeria.
and Gentlemen, while concluding this piece on partnering with women and youths
for economic development and sustainability, may I observe that the major
economic success stories such as the European Union, the BRICS nations, the
Asian tigers, etc., have all leveraged the demographics of women and youth
population in their respective economies. Time has come therefore to retrain
and reposition our Youths and Women. Time has come to unleash the enormous
potentials of our Women and Youths. Time has indeed come to galvanise and
mobilise the energies and abilities of our Women and Youths for the great and
urgent task of Rebuilding Imo State, to the glory of God and mankind. We
urgently need all the energy, brains, brawn, imagination and talents that our
young people and Women can bring to bear on our problems. Imo cannot be
creative and innovative without the full participation of its Women and young people.
My ambition is to be that Governor that made this possible.
bunkeanyinile. Thank you for listening.
May God bless you all, bless Imo State and the
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Emeka Ihedioha, governor of Imo state, has rejected the plan of the federal government to set up Ruga farm settlements for Fulani herdsmen in the state.
Speaking through Steve Osuji, his Special Adviser Media, Ihedioha wondered the rationale behind the initiative of the proposed Ruga settlements for Fulani herdsmen in Imo State when none has been established in any of the Northern states in the entire Federation. Ihedioha said that in rejecting it in Imo, no governor in South-East would accept such a proposal.
He said the south-eastern states would not rush to accept the proposal when none of the northern states had implemented it.
He said, “Certainly not. It is not about Imo State; no state in the South-East would accept it. We won’t rush to accept it when no state in the North has implemented it.”