Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo, on Saturday, appealed to stakeholders and opposition political parties to collaborate with his administration to develop the state.
“That vehicle called political party should not be an instrument to destabilise the system, rather a veritable tool to keep the government in check by providing robust opposition,” he said.
According to him, Imo is now safe and secure and willing and able to contain future threats, all to the glory of God.
Uzodimma said there had been an increase in the internally generated revenue from the N600 million monthly to more than N1 billion monthly.
He said his administration had been able to revamp the state civil service, appoint 11 permanent secretaries and constructed or rehabilitated no fewer than 42 roads across the state.
“In the area of education our landmark achievement will include the establishment of the new University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, which is a full-fledged state-owned university.
“These primary schools will have modern libraries, Information Communication Technology (ICT) centres and modern laboratories,” he stressed.
The governor said the Otamiri Water Scheme had been reactivated and now supplies water to parts of Owerri Capital City.
Uzodimma added that the Eke Nguru Mbaise Water Scheme and the Orlu regional water scheme were currently under rehabilitation while 30 solar-powered boreholes have been sunk in different communities.
He said through private sector collaboration and support, the construction of a 250-bed specialist hospital was on the way at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUT).
“We have also inaugurated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOP) at the General Hospital, Umuguma and provided advanced life support ambulances to all the 27 Local Government Areas.
“This is, as we already have on ground, our mobile clinic arrangement which, with the help of missionaries, is dispensing free healthcare services to the rural people,” he said.
He pledged to ensure that his government worked for all, irrespective of local government, political party affiliation, religion or situation of birth.