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Achievements of Happiness ministry’ll shock critics –Okorocha

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said achievements of the new Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment will shock critics of his administration.

Okorocha said the achievements of the ministry will be so amazing, that critics of the initiative will regret to have drawn the curtain for the new ministry even before it takes off.

This was even as the governor said former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim and the 2015 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Emeka Ihedioha are least qualified to criticise any of his policies or programmes.

His Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement, yesterday, said: “Okorocha is a man of ideas who thinks about the present and the generations yet unborn. He does not misfire on any issue, the attendant criticisms notwithstanding. When the new ministry begins to bear the expected fruits, the accolades will envelop the early criticisms.

 “We accept all the criticisms in good faith and commend the critics. That is what makes the society dynamic and our democracy juicy. The truth is that, the new ministry is not an accidental discharge but, a well-thought out idea that will benefit Imo people, in particular, and all men and women of goodwill in general. We only ask the critics to give us time. 

“Some people have also talked about Jacob Zuma’s statue as a referenced case. The criticisms that greeted the statue were all anchored on the corruption allegations against the South African president. Yet, the fact remains that the man is still the president of that country. He has neither been sentenced to imprisonment nor impeached following these corruption claims.

“We also want to let the public know that Ohakim and Ihedioha are not qualified to criticise Okorocha on any policy or programme. Ohakim was governor for four years and has no achievement to his credit. “

And that administration could only be associated with the flogging of citizens, including a priest. Today, Owerri has 12 lane roads, three tunnels, two fly-overs, five in-land roads, four pedestrian bridges, streetlights and befitting structures, courtesy of Okorocha.

“Chief Ihedioha was in the House of Representatives for 12 years and ended up being the deputy speaker but could not fix the only market called Nkwo-Mbutu in his ward, Mbutu, and all the Niger Delta Development Commission projects that have developed K-legs in the state are directly or indirectly linked to him.

“That was the reason he could only extract victory in the three local governments of Mbaise where he comes from, with INEC, and all the federal agencies fully behind him during the 2015 election.


“Rochas has more than 1,000 completed and verifiable projects located in various parts of the state. His achievements have surpassed the achievements of all those who had governed the state before him put together. Anybody with contrary claim should come forward with his facts or verifiable claims.

“We also want to use this opportunity to reiterate that the Imo State government is not owing workers’ salary. The government has been up to date in the payment of salaries.

“On the issue of pension, the government has also shown interest and commendable commitment to the payment. In December 2016, the government cleared all arrears of pension and began monthly payment this year. The government has only few months to clear and is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that the few outstanding months are also cleared. We stand to be challenged on all our claims.”



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  1. Azzo 8th December 2017 at 9:29 am

    This sort of thinking is very typical of the Igbo man in Aba, Ariaria or Upper Iweka market. I would have kept quiet instead of responding to criticism if this is all that can be said in response. I am baffled at this. I wonder if the basis of criticism is well understood by the Imo state government at all. For the asking, why is Jacob Zuma’s statute not displayed in the capital city of the country but Imo? Is it the understanding of the Imo government that the South African government can proceed, prosecute and convict Jacob Zuma whilst he holds sway as the country’s president? The simple fact that he was found guilty of looting public funds in his custody to lavish on his personal villa (which he has openly admitted to as true and agreed to make restitutions) is enough dent on his image and no sincere government will like to identify with him in promoting whatever programmes, schemes or initiatives for the betterment of its people. Doing so in simple language is identifying with corruption.
    Ministry for happiness, whatever is the reason for this initiative to be quite honest could have better been handled. Why is this not delegated to an appropriate other ministry(ies) in the government, e.g. ministry of women affairs, or ministry of culture and tourism, ministry of finance etc. Are these ministries not good or potent enough to provide happiness for Imolites? In the face of crunching economic hardship prevailing in the land, backlog of unpaid salaries and pensions, the thing not to do is to create yet another avenue of further depleting the treasury – that is for a prudent government I mean. Then comes that particular one that riles me to the bone – why must it be the governor’s blood sister to man the ministry? Is Imo government a family heritage? A few moons ago there were accusations about the Imo first lady manning 4 ministries in the state. As hard as the government went to deny this, this now singular action puts paid to that allegation. Is this not nepotism at play here? When a people criticise their government, it is not always because the people hate those in charge, it is often times because there is a very clear case of impunity in the manner their collective interests is served. These are very good examples. Ka Chineke mezie okwu.

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