Okorocha approves N2 billion for rehabilitation of oil communities

Imo State government has approved the sum of N2billion for rehabilitation of infrastructure in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta local councils of the state.

Governor Rochas Okorocha announced this when members of the State Amnesty Committee visited him at the Government House, Owerri, to brief him on the development in the area.

He disclosed that his administration would soon launch a programme tagged ‘’Recovery of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta councils” where a state of emergency would be declared on infrastructure and job creation in the two oil producing councils.

Okorocha stressed that during the period, officials of government would relocate to the areas for 30 days to ensure quick completion of the mapped out projects.

According to him, the over 1,000 repentant youths would mount surveillance on oil pipelines to safeguard the facilities. He expressed optimism that the committee on amnesty chaired by his wife, Nkechi, had worked hard to produce a blue print for the development and restoration of normalcy in the areas.

Speaking earlier, the wife of the governor, said the committee had recommended the building of schools, health centres and recruitment of teachers and health workers in the areas.

On his part, the member representing Oguta constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Henry Ezediaro, said the initiative of the governor and template given to them assisted the committee in executing the mandate.

Jubilation galore as Okorocha launches ‘Imo Air’

Imo citizens to fly at 10% discount

By Stanley Okehie

Imo State Governor, Anayo Rochas Okorocha has launched ‘Imo Air’ at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri. The event held Tuesday, 24th January, 2017.

In his speech, Okorocha said that the airline would operate under a 10-year agreement with Dana Air.

According to Okorocha, Imo Air was planned to create new jobs and address the high traffic volume in the state, describing Owerri as the fastest-growing city in the country after Lagos and Abuja.

Okorocha said that four aircraft would be added to the 146-seater plane by next year, adding that an international cargo airport would be built to complement its operations.

He made a promise that from March 1, Imo citizens will fly at 10 per cent discount.

Earlier, Hon. Ikenna Eme who is the governor’s Special Adviser on Technical Matters, revealed that the State Executive Council (SEC) gave approval for the airline in April 2016. He explained that the plane would fly the Lagos, Abuja and Owerri routes. Eme said the state would become a regional and international player in the next few years under the existing Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA).

Adding his voice, the Chairman of Nigerian Aviation Safety Initiative (NASI), Capt. Dung Rwang Pam, urged the state to acquire its other aircrafts by lease, instead of outright purchase, due to the unstable nature of the market.

Also, Dana Air’s Chief Accountable Officer, Obi Mbanuzuo commended the partnership.