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Friday, September 06, 2019

100 days of Emeka Ihedioha by Chris Uruakpa - ITREALMS

Today, Friday, 6th September, 2019 marks Gov. Emeka Ihedioha's first 100 days in office.

The Governor is a well polished gentleman, a visionary realist, a man that promises what is reasonable and realisable. A friend once told me that when Ihedioha makes a promise, you can take it to the bank.

One thing is crystal clear, since he came into office, he has been working tirelessly to restore the battered image of the state. Ihedioha has matched his words with actions, so as to give his administration a human face.

In a bid to correct the anomalies of the past administration, a committee was constituted to investigate the status of the newly established tertiary institutions.

An interim committee was constituted for Adapalm (Nigeria) Ltd; Traffic Congestion and illegal motor parks.

Within his first 100 days in office, he declared a state of emergency on infrastructure and approved #49 million for rehabilitation of Otamiri Water Scheme, Owerri. The approval followed recommendation by the State Executive Council.

On 5th June, 2019, Imo State participated in the annual world environment day, part of the day's activities: tree planting at the Government House, Owerri, visit to refuse disposal site at Relief Market, Owerri, visit to erosion sites and was concluded with world environment day speech at Concorde Hotel, Owerri by the Governor.

In showing the friendliness nature of Ihedioha's administration, environmental sanitation holds on every last Saturday of each month with strict compliance.

Looking at the appointments made by the previous administration and infested with many ills, Ihedioha set up an interim committee to review appointments, recruitments etc in line with the resolution of Imo State House of Assembly. On the importance of a board of internal revenue, he approved the appointment of the Chairman. Still on appointments, not overlooking their importance, he swore in the Chairman and Commissioners of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC) as well as the Board of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC), appointments also made into the Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB).

Within 100 days in office, he has approved the road rehabilitation and reconstruction in the areas mapped out. As part of the priority of government to safeguard the lives of the people, he flagged off the Ezemazu Urualla Gully Erosion Control Project at Urualla, Ideato North LGA.

At a time when most of the governors that came into office same as Ihedioha are yet to appoint Commissioners, Ihedioha who understands the need for Commissioners considering their importance, tidied up that aspect with attachment of portfolios & sworn them in accordingly. Ihedioha reduced the ministries from 31 - 18. In line with the edict of 1976, he constituted the Board of Imo State Housing Corporation.

For the football loving fans of Imo State, the board to run the affairs of Heartland Football Club was constituted and I will urge members of the board to make sure that the team shows the flashes expected for excellence.

On the drive to efficiently improve on the process of revenue generation and collection in the state, and to ensure proper accountability and transparency in all government accrued revenues, the state commenced the operation of Treasury Single Account. A move to help the government address the challenges previously faced with the operation of the multiple account system. Imo State has now joined Lagos and Kaduna states in adopting the TSA.

Talk about a man who understands the welfare of the people, the pension verification exercise has commenced in all the LGAs in the state.

On law and order, Ihedioha is not leaving any stone unturned all in a bid to make the people carry out their different endeavors without any fear of molestation. Ihedioha also set up interim committee on recovery of movable assets of government. One of the terms of reference that was given to the committee: to ascertain and document all movable properties belonging to Imo State Government which are presently held by unauthorized persons, including past government officials.

Rochas Okorocha ran Imo State aground & Ihedioha has been trying to correct many of the dirty deals spotted. I will encourage him to remain focused.

For me, 100 days in office by any standard goes beyond rolling out the drums, but a means to address the political dynamics that will shape the development of the state. It is a time of intense engagement & also an avenue to decide how to tackle the cumbersome politics that shapes the political terrain.

Lastly, the plans of Gov. Emeka Ihedioha are indeed encouraging based on his mission to rebuild Imo State through quality leadership.

In his goal to make Imo State a prosperous state and to be the pride of Ndi Imo, i wish Emeka Ihedioha all the best & praying to the good Lord to give him the grace & strength to meet up with his promises.


*Contributed by Chris Uruakpa from Lagos

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