On assuming office on May 29th 2011, outgoing governor of Imo State made it clear to anyone who cared to listen that he had come to rescue Imo State from underdevelopment, corruption, injustice and all forms of extractive elitism. He also made it clear that he was not only determined to leave a better and rebranded Imo State, but was also in a haste to do just that. He hit the ground running from his first day in office, and today, just less than two weeks before he bids the seat of power in Imo State, goodbye, Governor Okorocha is still busy building his name into the hearts of Imolites by setting in place, projects that will be impossible to forget.

Governor Okorocha worked so hard in the last eight years, that neither himself or his Commissioner for Information or anyone for that matter, will be able to remember fifty percent of the projects he has done in the last eight years. He has almost erased the developmental deficiencies he met in Imo State in 2011, that a number of people tend to forget how Imo was before he came on board.

Departing from his policy of not commissioning his projects, as he saw that as a waste of useful resources, governor Okorocha had few hours ago commissioned what the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honorable Justice Tanko Mohammed, aptly described as the best court complex he has seen anywhere in Nigeria.

Represented by the Honorable Justice Myrian Amina Augi, the Acting Chief Justice of the Federation commended the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, for bequeathing to the State a befitting edifice as a temple of justice. He commended the detailed artistry in the architecture and finishing and urged judges and judicial staff in the State to always be guided by the axiomatic inscriptions on the walls of the court complex, to ensure they serve justice in all their dealings.

By building this brand new High Court Complex, Governor Okorocha replaces the over 30 years old Imo State High Court Complex adjoining the Imo State Government House and gives new spaces for further development in the Imo State Government House. Already, the governor has completed an equally big and beautiful Nigerian Police Headquarters, Nigerian Prisons Headquarters and the headquarters of the Directorate of State Security, thereby expanding the spaces available to the Imo State Government House and also opening up Owerri for bigger development. These projects will go a long way in decongesting Owerri city, expanding urbanization and creating new economic opportunities for the people of Imo State.

By ensuring that he completed this all important project, governor Okorocha has proven once again, that he is not really a politician in the Nigerian sense of the word, but a statesman, nation builder and revolutionary who is more interested in making lives better for the citizenry through deliberate investments in usable and necessary infrastructures and implementation of people’s policies.

Naming the court complex after Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, one of NIGERIA’S foremost legal luminaries and former justice of the Nigerian Supreme Court, also shows that the outgoing governor celebrates success, industry and expertise beyond politics. Governor Okorocha remains the Nigerian governor who has immortalized our greatest leaders the most. From building a library and memorial for the late Nigerian warlord and nationalist, Ikemba Chukwuebuka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Governor Okorocha has gone ahead to name prominent roads after some of Nigeria’s and Africa’s patriots and fighters, including Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sirleaf Johnson, Michael Okpara, and a number of others.

As we look forward to an ovation filled departure for one of Nigeria’s best political leaders, it is anticipated and prayed for that the governor that will succeed him will not only sustain these projects, but would as well follow closely in the footsteps of His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha in the area of good governance and progressive leadership.


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