Gov. Rochas Okorocha Of Imo State Says For Muhammadu Buhari To Succeed As President He Would Need Prayers And Miracles
Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Following the economic crunch Nigeria is currently facing, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said that the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari would need prayers and support of Nigerians to be able to achieve anything. Nigerians from all walks of life had had high hopes and expectations that Nigeria would rise above its present challenges as soon as possible. But speaking when he returned from a brief overseas trips Okorocha expressed fears that the economy was in a very precarious condition and that it would take a miracle for the president-elect to perform. “The economy of our nation now is in its worse shape than ever.
God will give the incoming President the wisdom to battle with all the challenges awaiting him especially the diminishing resources, coupled with dwindling and falling oil prices; all have made payment of salaries and execution of government activities difficult for some states. “The condition calls for a period of absolute sacrifice by cutting down the cost of governance at least by 60 percent to be able to cope with the present condition” The governor also gave assurance that the free education policy of his administration would remain vigorously pursued, adding that all the necessary sacrifices would be undertaken to ensure that the free education programme remained enviable.
Okorocha, who arrived Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport a little before 4 pm, was received on arrival by close aides and associates. He took exception to the strike embarked upon by the lecturers at the Imo State University, saying that the action of the lecturers was uncalled for. Okorocha added that it was unthinkable that the university teachers could embark on industrial action over one and half month’s salaries, when some states in the country had not been able to pay their workers for more than ten months.
He hinted that the action of the Imo State University lecturers would be looked into to see whether it was done in good faith or it was an act of sabotage adding that the state government had lived up to its responsibilities to the university. He commended Imo people for remaining peaceful during the period he was away, assuring that his second term would continue to provide the dividends of democracy especially jobs through the building of industries and factories. He insisted that his second term would witness eradication of poverty in the state, even as he asked for the cooperation of all to move the state forward.