Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has said that the state has suffered neglect by the Ministry of Niger Delta since it was created and noted that the only project of the ministry in the state is the long abandoned skills acquisition centre located at Ohaji/Egbema local government.
The governor made this claim when the minister of State for the Ministry of Niger Delta, Professor Claudius Omoleye Daramola visited him at the Government House, Owerri. According to him, the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had promised that the skills acquisition centre would be converted to a University of Science and Technology, and noted that if action had been taken on that, it would have been to the credit of the ministry and would have equally arrested the restiveness in the region.
The governor further remarked, “I want to make this plea based on the role this state played for the enthronement of the APC government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. Imo is the only state in the Southeast that produced a governor to support the change mantra of APC. Without the state, probably the balancing we have today in Nigeria wouldn’t have taken place.”
“APC would have been seen as a sectional party that does not consider some regions of the country. So I demand that attention be given to Imo State considering the role we played,” he added.
He noted that in the last election, they stopped the opposition from writing five million votes as used to be the case before. “Because of our doggedness, we resisted them. If the opposition had gotten 5million votes, we wouldn’t have had President Buhari as president today but we fought gallantly to the extent that even though they won, the margin was minimal.
If the result of Rivers was repeated in the Southeast there won’t be President Buhari today in Aso Rock”.
In his response, Prof. Daramola told the governor that they were in the state to commission a project, the Oil Palm Processing Plant, which he said has been completed, describing the governor as number one governor in the country because of his giant strides especially in the education sector.
The minister added that the project to be commissioned will add value to the lives of people living in that area and that, it is part of the ministry’s efforts to boost the economy of the state and the country in general. He promised that the ministry would see to the completion of the skills acquisition centre.
He also promised that the ministry would give quick approval for the release of the housing units built for the poor in the state for immediate allocation by the state government, adding that the Ministry of Niger Delta must be encouraged to do more for the state. He said that the ministry would be proud to see the skills acquisition centre completed and transformed into a University of Science and Technology.
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