28th September, 2012
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to develop Okigwe, to bring it out of the of underdevelopment it suffered in the hands of past administration.
He said this at the foundation laying ceremony of the proposed ‘5-star Princess Hotel’ in Okigwe
The Governor said building the hotel was in line with the agenda of the State Government to develop the economy of the State through the tourism.
Owelle Okorocha said tourism industry attracts foreigners and foreign investment, pointing out that days are gone when Okigwe is associated with backwardness and assured the people that the town would witness tremendous infrastructural development
before December, including street lights.
Governor Okorocha said that 40% of the total cost of the project has been paid to the Spanish company that is building the project, and urged the contractor to ensure early completion of the project.
In a statement made available to P.M.NEWS in Port Harcourt,he further said that apart from the hotel, Government has embarked on other developmental projects like road construction and rehabilitation, construction of hospitals, Schools, the Okigwe International Stadium, a Shopping Mall and a Cultural center and to ensure socio-economic development of the zone.
The Governor charged the people of Okigwe to brace up to the challenges of development by ensuring the cleanliness and security of the town.
The Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Benjamin Uwajimogu, son of Okigwe zone showered encomiums on the Governor for his commitment to the development of Okigwe pointing out that no government has ever embarked on development project in the area like the Governor has done.
He said that the present government has no intention to share public fund, rather that it believes in using it to develop the people.
Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Ugochi Nnanna Okoro described the Governor as a visionary that has taken culture and tourism to an enviable height in the state.