By Chris Emetoh
The newly sworn-in governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha, has assured the people of his resolve to run an inclusive government, even as he vowed to review former governor Rochas Okorocha’s policies.
Ihedioha who was elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) was sworn-in Wednesday as governor by the state’s chief judge, Justice Paschal Nnadi.
In his inaugural speech entitled “Together, we will rebuild Imo” Ihedioha extended an olive branch to all those who ran the governorship election with him even as he castigated the departed APC administration in the state for degradation and destruction of some institutions in the state.
He bemoaned the pathetic plight of pensioners in the state who were starved of the their entitlements and monthly pensions including chains of decayed and abandoned infrastructure as well as shoddy execution of capital projects due to flagrant disregard of due process and rule of law.
Dismissing Okorocha’s administration as a monumental disaster, Ihedioha stated that he would not embark on any form of witch hunting against anybody who worked with Okorocha.
Assuring that his words still remain his bonds, the governor said that he would take appropriate steps to restore confidence in the governance of the state with genuine conviction, commitment and candour.
Said he: “I will be governor for all, rebuild and transform Imo with human capital development, science and technology and quality of life for our people. We are on a rebuild mission and the engine of good governance must be lubricated and civil service reformed for efficiency and productivity”.
Aside this, Ihedioha said that appropriate due process mechanism would be enthroned while the Bureau for Public Procurement, principle of separation of power and independence of the judiciary would enjoy prominence in his administration.
He further contended that Okorocha’s free education programme would be reviewed to provide qualitative education for children and youths in the state while the four existing technical colleges would be refurbished and re-equipped with trained and experienced teachers.
Other objectives, he said include repositioning of the health and agriculture sectors, installation of an integrated infrastructural development plan, revival of Imo security networks, rural access roads, acceleration of the realization of Sustainable Development Goals, review of land allocations made by the immediate past administration as well as enhancement of environmental sanitation programme in addition to the computerization of the state civil service.