Imo suffers total regression – Okey Ezeh

There is consensus across board that Imo State needs to urgently part company with poor leadership. The state, it has dawned on many, has performed below average in almost every sector, and the status quo, which is now intolerable, must be changed.
One mistake which nobody seems ready to make again is to toe the path of easy, lazy and hasty endorsement of aspirants driven conjointly by primordial and pecuniary considerations. The people have become painstaking, thorough and meticulous in assessing public office seekers in the state; they now ask crucial questions. They need to know how the aspirants began in life, where they studied and the opinions of their classmates about them, where they had worked and how they became wealthy, what they need political power for and how their blueprints can resuscitate the ailing economy of the state. Imo people are concerned about manifestos beyond political sloganeering and rabble rousing. Also, the people now want see competence, credibility, character, conscience and creativity.
Motivated by above, Orlu leaders drawn from the twelve council areas of the zone recently had an interactive session with the frontline APGA gubernatorial aspirant in the state, Mr. Okey Ezeh. The accomplished banker, who represents a departure from the old order, is generally rated as roundly prepared for the leadership that will usher in a renascent Imo State.
Addressing them, Ezeh lamented that Imo State is unfortunately moving in a reverse direction. He recalled that in 1979 every local government area in the state had a functional industry, and the state had built power plants both in Amaraku and Izombe. The investment expert added that the blueprint drawn up for the Imo State University also had given it a linkage program with the University of Nebraska in America way back in 1979, regretting that the vision has been aborted.
“As a people, even our value system has been damaged. We are industrious are revered for our diligence. We have dignity. But in this era we now have people with a culture of subservience; culture of begging. Giving little money and food to children to attend school is part of nomadic education,  an ‘almajiri system’ which is alien to us. Even our state capital, Owerri, has become the fastest-growing prostitution centre in Nigeria, because there is no investment in industries that create jobs. Rather, an average of one hotel per week opens in Owerri. In the last seven years, we have not had any industrial complex. The key courses in our university have lost accreditation. We have been dragged into debt slavery to the tune of N120 billion which will take generations to repay.
“Anybody who wants to serve Imo at this critical point must be somebody who has the skill, the potential and the track record of creating value,” Ezeh asserted.
He further discussed ways through which the agricultural components of the Imo Marshal Plan, which is his comprehensive blueprint for Imo’s economic recovery and rebirth, can turn around the dwindling fortunes of the state, create jobs and expand opportunities, so that the teeming young unemployed population can take advantage of any aspect of the agricultural value chain.
In his remarks, Prof. Nathan Uzorma extolled the leadership qualities of Mr. Okey Ezeh, saying, “The Okey Ezeh I know doesn’t believe in rhetorics. He believes in translating words into tangibilities. And I believe in him. I have studied him and found out that he has the capacity to fix the problems in Imo State,” the scholar declared.

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