As part of transition to the incoming administration in Imo State, the
outgoing Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha has directed his commissioners,
SAs and other principal officers to
hand over their reports and handover notes to the incoming administration led by Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha without delay.
“Despite the shortcoming in the election, Governor Okorocha said he gave this directive so that the incoming administration will have safe
landing for the good of the state, .
However, reacting to this directive, the state commissioner for
special duties Mr. Bona Akwuiwu said that the major legacy Okorocha’s administration would be leaving for next administration was ease of doing business in the state, saying that it was easier now for
any investor to invest in Imo than anywhere in the country.
“This is because any investor finds it easy to locate areas where he
can get his raw material in the state. It was very difficult for any
investor to operate in the state, but today Okorocha’s administration
had made it possible for investors to do their businesses with ease.
“We have created one stop shop at the international trade and
investment centre for anybody who wants to invest in Imo State to have
easy access to information where he can find his raw material for his
product and the type of competitions that he would face investing in
any part of the state. In turn the government provide such investor
with information on type of machineries he has to put in place.”
Equally, he disclosed that the government has put in place incentives
that anybody that wants to do business in the state would be given an
industrial free land.
Unfortunately, he said some top personalities in the state like the
former state governor, Chief Achike Udenwa who were allocated these
lands for industrial purposes had sold the land for personal use
thereby making it impossible for the area to develop.
Also he hinged the snail speed development of the industrial area on
some donor agencies whose conditionality had been hindering the
efforts of the state government to accessible to the industries
located in the area. He said the World Bank Assisted Rural Assessment
Mobility Projects (RAMP) through which the government had planned to
make the area motorable had failed because of stringent policies of
the donor agencies.
“The problem has never been counterpart fund, but the stringent
policies of these donor agencies make it extremely difficult for the
programme to be implemented,” he stated.
He disclosed also that Governor Okorocha had instructed all
commissioners and permanent secretaries to prepare their handover
reports to ensure easy take off for the incoming administration.
According to him in spite of the fact that the governorship election
was declared contrary to the Constitutional provision which affirms
that a winner must have the highest votes and one quarter in two third
of the state, Governor Okorocha has given the go ahead for heads of
ministries departments and agencies to submit their reports to the
incoming administration without hitches.