Imo State Governor, Hon.Emeka Ihedioha, CON, Sunday said his administration has outlined plans for Imo State citizens who were victims of xenephobia attacks in South Africa.
“Imo State has the highest number of returnees from South Africa. It is the first State in the federation that has met Federal Government conditions in rehabilitating the returnees.
He said his administration has two bills aimed at strengthening the Imo State Emergency Management Agency and the Diaspora Affairs that will be sent to the Imo State House of Assembly for consideration to deal with emergency situations such as citizens of the State who were victims of xenephobia attacks in South Africa.
Speaking at a church service to mark the nation’s 59th Independence anniversary at the Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri,he urged the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Metropolitan Province, Most Rev.Anthony Obinna, to appeal to those who have different political leanings to sheath their sword and join hands with him to rebuild the State, reassuring of his commitment to inclusive government.
“I plead with our brothers and sisters to forget about yesterday and think of today and join us to rebuild our State. The time for politics is over, this is a time for governance and all hands should be on deck. This is the time to rebuild our communities, the local governments and the entire State”
He said Imo State is no longer a laughing stock in the federation as it was in the past, because of the proactive steps taken by his administration to get the State back on track.
He recalled the challenges facing his administration, assuring that he will overcome them.
Governor Ihedioha said the level of devastation as well as the expectations from the people of the State are huge.
“The demands are huge and we have the ability to overcome them. We need your prayers and advise. As humans, we do have our shortcomings.
Governor Ihedioha said there has been improvement on the ease of doing business in the State since his administration came on board
“In the past, Imo State ranked 37/37 in World Bank ranking of ease of doing business. Investors ran away from the State. Even Imo State indigenes who returned home to invest in our State could not do so. All that has changed because there has been improvement in the rankings” he said.