Governor Okorocha says Nigeria needs repackaging not restructuring

Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has said that Nigeria does not need restructuring as being demanded by some Nigerians, but said the nation only needed to be repackaged.
Okorocha said this on Monday while declaring open the 67th annual conference of Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria, BON.

He said BON as critical stakeholders must be in the forefront of the campaign against restructuring, but rather sell the message of repackaging.

He said only repackaging could attract huge investors to Nigeria and help boost its economy.
“Many people have defined restructuring just to benefit their geo-political zones.

“To the South Easterners, restructuring means creation of an additional state, while it may mean resource control to other geo-political zones,” he said.

The governor said Nigeria has been presented in the bad light to other nations of the world which made it non-marketable to the international communities.

“We are not the worst nation in the world in terms of corruption but we have been presented as the worst nation.

“I urge BON to see Nigeria as its project and repackage it so that we can regain our lost glories”, he said.

Okorocha however appealed to BON to also give the less privileged the opportunity to be heard considering high cost of electronics media subscription.

Earlier in his address, the BON Chairman, John Momoh, said the main aim of the meeting was to brainstorm on how to proffer solutions to Nigerian problems.

He also said part of the group’s agenda was to suggest ways to strengthen BON for it to continue to serve as watch dog to political office holders.

According to him, it is the responsibility of BON to bring the feelings of the people to government and also let the people know their civic responsibilities.

He commended the governor for his huge developmental projects which he said have changed the face of Imo state.

Why I made 305 Imo Youths, Millionaires – Gov. Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha has explained why he chose to empower one youth from the 305 wards in the state with One Million Naira (N1m) each, stating that he did that to encourage the youths to succeed and begin to contribute to the progress and prosperity of the state in particular and the nation at large.

Governor Okorocha also said that each of the beneficiaries of the One Million Naira empowerment would soon become a Multi-millionaire and also begin to make others millionaires, explaining that most multi-millionaires in the country today didn’t start with upto one million naira.

The governor spoke while addressing the Youth Millionaires after their cheques were handed over to them on Thursday July 13, 2017 at the Government House, adding that his dream is to reduce the poverty rate in the state to five percent from the current 14 percent although it was 57 percent by 2011 when he became governor.

His words, “I declare myself the grand patron of all the Youth Millionaires. Henceforth, if you encounter problems in running your various businesses you should feel free to consult me by channeling your difficulties through the Chief of Staff. My dream is to make sure that in the next one year your story will change for better”.

“We have employed 10 young graduates from each of the 305 wards totaling 3050. We have empowered ten women in each of the wards with N100,000 also totaling N305million. And today, we have given One Million Naira each to 305 youths. Those in school are enjoying our free education programme. We are determined to give poverty a deadly blow in the state”.

He told the beneficiaries “if the government visits you and does not see what you are doing with the money, you will be arrested and put into prison because you are using the money to create bad influence. But, this money is a blessing and wherever you put it, it will grow. So, congratulations”.

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