Imo @ 42: Expect More Statues – Okorocha
Despite the widespread criticisms that greeted the statutes unveiled by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in honour of Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, the governor is set to unveil more statutes.
In an interactive session with journalists about his administration’s plans ahead of celebrations to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Southern State, Governor Okorocha announced that he would soon unveil statutes in honour of Late Biafran warlord – Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu; the late Premier of the defunct Eastern Region – Dr. Michael Okpara and Chief Sam Mbakwe.
The Governor also stated that a high powered committee to be headed by the Speaker of State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim, had been set up to handle the event, which would among other things, feature an Imo Merit Award on the 28th of this month.
The Award, he said would be bestowed on 42 indigenes and non-indigenes of the state who had in one way or the other distinguished themselves in their service to humanity.
Okorocha also added that this year’s edition of Imo Day of Thanksgiving would be used to honour the less privileged, while a council of the state would be put in place to provide quarterly meetings for former governors of the state, former chief judges and former speakers of the state House of Assembly.