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Imo State: Owelle Rochas Not A Miracle Worker

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Author: Nwaorgu Faustinus
Posted to the web: 6/6/2011 6:49:28 AM

Imo State: Owelle Rochas NotA Miracle Worker



Written By Nwaorgu Faustinus



Majority of Imo indigenes and non indigenes will agree tosome extent that the butted past administration led by one of the most hated,alleged criminal cum 419ner, cunning, heartless etc, governor Ohakim who hasearned for himself the above sobriquet as well as “Ikiri/ewi” during and afterhis wasteful campaign outing, proved to be a “sore’ Chief Executive everproduced in the annals of Imo State politics.



His perceived and proven commissions and omissions arelargely responsible for his disastrous bowing out of the government house whichmost people see as good radiance to poor governance. However, this writer doesnot want to dwell on Mr. Ohakimâ's political flaws which I know are in the realmof public knowledge but my advice to our nascent governor Owelle RochasOkorocha is to guard himself from or against reenacting the tragedies of thepast.



Dissecting the suitability of Owelle for the governorshippost prior to gubernatorial poll, one Obi Nwakanmawrote, “Rochas Okorocha, the APGA candidate, is a very interestingcharacter and deserves closer watch. His political history, his intellectualcapacities, and his background indicate that he is also likely to bring intothe state, a terrible regime of maladministration.”



Mr. Nwakanma pointed out thus, “All we need to arrive atthis conclusion is simply to examine his conducts as Chairman of the NationalAirspace Management Agency. A little peep into his website indicates a seriouslack of in sight. His great credential is of a “philanthropist” – EzeUmu-ogbeye, as the Igbo would put it. Charity is a good thing, but there iscertainly a higher form of charity wherever there is equality; and I’m afraidthat a cursory look at Okorocha does not satisfy the imperative for a 21stcentury administrator in Imo State.”



Whatever might be the reason behind Mr. Nwakanmaâ'sconclusion may not be unconnected with his own purported personal interest -for he inclined to support the candidature of Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba ofthe Congress of Progressive Change CPC whom he endorsed on the grounds of beinga young professional, well-educated, and astute politician among other credentials of the CPC candidate.



Before I left my base inPort Harcourt for Ngor/Okpala before the elections to exercise my franchise, Ihad already made up my mind to vote for Owelle Rochas base on his track recordin granting scholarship to many students, his good name and philanthropic worksthat do not only resonate in Nigeria but also outside the shores of Nigeria.  Callscame from both Nigeriaand abroad on the need to rally support for this God, electorate-favoredpersonality – Owelle Rochas. This, strengthen my conviction that he was the onemost favoured, loved, legitimate and accepted candidate to occupy thegovernment house and it came to pass – today he is the Governor of Imo State.



The truth is Imolites have high expectations from thesuccessive government, led by Mr. Owelle Rochas. The question is, how he willgo about to actualize such enormous aspiration and yearnings of Imo peoplegiven the present economic fortunes of the state, passed unto him by prodigious“Ikiri”? Such hopes include rapid and even distribution of infrastructuralfacilities; good roads, well equipped and staffed schools, health centers andhospitals and portable water across the twenty seven Local Government Areas. Inaddition, employment generation; prompt payment of pensioners and salaries ofcivil servants, protection of life and property, reduction in tuition fee ofstudents in higher institutions among others are top in the minds of Imopeople.



Needless to talk about the state of our roads, educationalinstitutions, hospitals, health centers which are melancholic sights to behold,no thanks to past kleptomaniac regimes whose stock in trade is to line theirpockets and stash our common patrimony in closely guarded foreign banks.       



Though it has been said that Mr. Owelle Rochas is bighearted,but can only his generousity deliver the dividends of democracy at the doorsteps of Imolites?  It is his deeplyseated determination, persistence and the crop of likeminded personalities thatwould work with him who have the overall interest of Imo people at heart giventhe vital enablement (funds for the execution of people oriented projects) thatwill see him through. Any thing short of this will bring us back to where wewere four years ago because you are not a miracle worker.



Therefore, you should have the necessary sights – insight,hindsight and foresight to be able to select those to work with you to lift Imofrom its comatose state to El Dorado.The time to play out your rescue mission to the letter is now and brings Imoback to what it used to be when Sam Mbakwe was the Chief Executive. 



Nwao(r)gu, Faustinus Chilee writes from Igboetche, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.Mobile:+2348035601312. Email: fausteness@yahoo.com

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