By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
Chief Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on
Wednesday took over the administration of Imo State with the vow to
review the recent appointments and land allocations made by the
immediate past Okorocha administration few days to it’s end of tenure.
The new governor who was sworn in as the 6th substantive governor of
Imo State by the State Chief Judge, Mr. Justice Paschal Nnadi, also
promised to look into the education policy of the past administration.
Ihedioha took the oath of office along side his Deputy, Mr. Gerald
Irona at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, venue of the ceremony which was
filled to its capacity by the supporters of the new governor and
members of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The governor, and his deputy having inspected a guard of honour,
described his victory at the polls as a divine favour and mandate to
the benefit of Imo people and Nigeria in general.
In a speech entitled “together we will rebuild Imo” Chief Ihedioha
extended his olive branch to all those who ran the governorship
election with him even as he castigated the departed APC
administration in the state for degradation and destruction of some
institutions in the state including the state judiciary and House
Assembly which he said were all rendered redundant.
He bemoaned the pathetic plight of pensioners in the state who were
starred of the their entitlements and monthly pensions by the former
governor Rochas Okorocha administration, chains of decayed and
abandoned infrastructures as well as shoddy execution of capital
projects due to flagrant disregard of due process and rule of law.
Dismissing the administration of the Okorocha administration as a
monumental disaster, Chief Ihedioha said that although he would not
embark on any form of witch hunting against anybody who operated with
that regime, whoever had a hand in the rot perpetrated in that
administration would be compelled to account for his misdeeds
Assuring that his words still remain his bonds, the governor said that
he would take appropriate steps to restore confidence in the
governance of the state with genuine conviction, commitment and
“I will be governor for all, rebuild and transform Imo with human
capital development science and technology and quality of life for our
people. We are on a rebuild mission and the engine of good governance
must be lubricated, Civil Service reformed for efficiency and
Aside this, Chief Ihedioha said that and appropriate due process
mechanism would be enthroned while the Bureau for Public Procurement,
principle of separation of power and independence of the judiciary
would enjoy prominence in his administration.
Continuing, he said that Okorocha’s Free Education Programme would be
reviewed to provide qualitative education for children and youths in
the state while the 4 existing Technical Colleges would be refurbished
and re-equipped with trained experienced teachers.
Other missions he said include: repositioning of the health and
Agriculture sectors, installation of an Integrated Infrastructural
Development Plan, revival of Imo security networks, rural access
roads, acceleration of the realization of Sustainable Development
Goals, review of land allocations made by the immediate past
administration as well as enhancement of Environmental Sanitation
Programme in addition to the computerization of the state civil