Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:25 am
Governor Rochas Okorocha of the eastern Nigerian state of Imo has declared a two-week holiday for the government workers in the state, continuing a tradition he started 2011 since he came into office.
The holiday began from Friday and will end 5 January 2015.
Okorocha announced this in Christmas/New Year Messages and Presentation of his score card at the Government House in Owerri.
He assured Imo people and those visiting the state this festive period that all necessary machineries have been put in place to ensure adequate security in all nooks and crannies of the State.
He urged people to be of good conduct and help to fish out criminals in their localities and wished them hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Okorocha said there was every reason to celebrate.
He said the total transformation in the state in the past three years and seven months could not have been possible but for God’s intervention.
He thanked Imo people for being supportive of the “Rescue Mission” government.
The governor said 322 primary and secondary schools had been built, while two campuses of Imo Polytechnic at Orlu and Ehime Mbano, were opened.
He said 1,800km of roads had been constructed in both urban and rural areas with many inland bridges in the state.
According to him, contract has been awarded for the dualisation of Owerri to Akokwa and Okigwe road.
“The road revolution will continue until all roads in Imo are tarred”, he said.
Okorocha said security had greatly improved in the state following the establishment of Imo Security Network, Imo Community Watch and Imo Civil Guard.
The new security outfits, he said, work in tandem with the Police, SSS and other security agencies in maintaining peace and order. He pointed out that 25,000 youths had been employed into the Youth Must Work Programme.
Others, he added, work in the Imo Young Engineers Corps (IYEC) as well as the empowerment of Ohaji/Egbema youths, among others.
He commended members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo for electing him as the party’s flag bearer in the general elections in 2015.