OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN IMO STATE IS GRADUALLY BEING ”SOKOMMIZED”.
By Obinna Kesta Anum.
The day our amiable governor released the commissioner nominees list, I horridly scanned through it looking for a particular name. When he swore them into office and assigned them portfolios, I did the same to know where that same name fell into because I know for sure that a sector in governance is about being re-branded.
It is only someone who doesn’t know the best practices in the Transportation Sector that will argue the fact that Imo State have been one of the worst in Nigeria over the years in that regard. The system has been in mess with very little or no attention at all from the previous administrations.
~ Very bad and unmarked roads
~ Very poor driving culture (inability to read and understand road signs)
~ Lack of legal Bus Stops/Parks (illegal car parks)
~ Lack of Traffic Lights and Directive Sign Posts
~ Extortion from hoodlums (impersonating government agents from the BIR)
All I listed above are just some of the causes of the bad Transportation System as operated in my dear state.
However, in line with the vision to achieve the 3Rs as embedded in the manifesto of the Government Of Shared Prosperity led by the People’s Governor, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma (Onwa Oyoko), we can now say that our Transportation System is gradually being ”SOKOMMIZED” by none other than the Honourable Commissioner for Transport himself, Chief Barr Sokom Rexanunobi (Ebubedike) whom within a very short period of time in office has seen to the provision of well functional Traffic lights and Bus stop Shelters. Measures are being put in place to ensure a good driving culture in the State and many more improvements to follow.
And as my friend Francis Udoka Ndimkoha rightly said, these initiatives especially the availability of Bus stop shelters would discourage indiscriminate picking and dropping of passengers within the State Capital and beyond.
These Bus Shelters with beautiful branding space provided for businesses to advertise their products and services, are the first of its brand within the South East. These solid structure runs on 24/7 solar energy lightings that are built with steel to withstand all weather.
Security is now guaranteed at nights and rain would no longer drench passengers during rainy season.
Earlier today, the Hon. Commissioner for Environment & Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ikay V. Njoku, went to Otamiri sand mining sites, off Aba Road/Nekede, to inspect the degradation impact the sand mining activities have caused in the area.
He went with the permanent secretary, HOD Ecology dept., a consultant and two other personnels. The prosperity governor of the state, HE, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, had earlier last April, directed the stopping of sand mining in all the sites in Owerri municipal and across the state until further notice.
The Hon. Commissioner accosted both the miners, dump owners, sand dealers and tipper drivers, and delivered the message personally. He let them understand that their activities are causing a long term ecological hazard to the communities where they operate and should henceforth stop, or arrested.
Gov. Uzodimma On-the-spot Assessment at ADAPALM Oil Mill | Imo State Media
Earlier today, Gov. Uzodimma had a tour at Adapalm Palm Oil Mill located at Ohaji Egbema.
Delighted by what he saw and the level of production ongoing, he assured Imolites of his commitment in restructuring of the farm for optimum economic development of the State.
On the activities of the crude oil exploration companies in the area, he noted that a win-win partnership is the way forward for the Oil companies and their host communities.
The crude oil and palm oil are both nature’s gift to Imo State. So, the State can benefit from both resources without one necessarily threatening the existence of the other.
The Honourable Commissioner for Transport, Chief(Barr) Rex Anunobi has opened discussion with the management of George Kenna Resources Limited aimed at restoring traffic lights in the capital city.
The meeting which held on Tuesday following a proposal earlier submitted to the ministry of Transport to that effect, explored the possibility of delivery the project at a minimal cost to the state.
The management of the company led by Mr. Emeka Njoku, said they are ready to install 25 solar-powered traffic lights at major roundabouts in the capital city.
The Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Anunobi, expressed the willingness of his ministry to partner with sincere partners in its quest to decongest traffic and sanitize transport system in the state.
He also disclosed that his ministry has developed a comprehensive blueprint that will transform the transport sector and entrench total sanity in the system under the Shared Prosperity government of Gov. Hope Uzodinma.
Those present in the meeting are the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ngozi Izunobi and Directors in the ministry. Others are Chief Nze Franklin E. Iwunze, SA Monitoring, Implantation and Enforcement, Hon. Steve Agbarakwe, SA Technical and Mr. Ebere Uzoukwa, SA Media/Special Projects.
GOVERNOR IHEDIOHA FLAGS OFF 60 BILLION NAIRA AFRIEXIM BANK INVESTMENT IN IMO STATE
His Excellency Governor Emeka Ihedioha, CON, yesterday presented a Certificate of Occupancy for a land to the President of AfriExim bank, Professor Benedict Okey Oramah, during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the Management of the Bank at Goverment House, Owerri.
The Governor led the team to the 5 hectares of land along airport road, Ngor-Okpala, donated by the State Government for the construction of a 60 billion Naira state-of-the-art Testing/Certification and Quality Control Centre by the Bank, in Imo State.
In June 2019, few weeks after his swearing-in, Governor Emeka Ihedioha attended the 26th AfriExim bank Annual meeting in Moscow, Russia. The trip featured high-profile speakers and exciting meetings.
The African Export-Import (AfriExim) Bank was established in 1993 by African governments, African private and institutional investors, and non-African financial institution and private investors.
AfriExim bank has the purpose of financing, promoting and expanding intra-African and extra-African trade.
The bank has a total assets of $11.7 billion as of 2017.
The Testing/Certification and Quality Control Centre is one of only three of such centres proposed in the entire country. The facility when completed will service the South-East and South-South zones of Nigeria.
The event had the presence of the Deputy Governor, Engr. Gerard Irons; Hon. Bede Eke; the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Uche Onyeagocha; the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Barr. Chima Nwana; the Chief Economic Adviser of the State, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo; the Commissioner for Finance, Prof. Uche Uwaleke; the Commissioner for Budget & Economic Planning, Mr. Reginald Ihebuzor; Commissioner for Commerce & Entrepreneurship, Mr. Johnbosco Okeahialiam; Commission for Lands, Sir Bon Unachukwu; the Executive Chairman, Imo Internal Revenue Service, Nze Charles Onwunali; the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Mayor Eze; the Director-General of Imo Investment Agency, Ndubuisi Anyanwu; the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Ease of Doing Business, Leonard Ugbajah; the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Information & Advocacy, Ms. Adaora Onyechere; the Director-General Imo Orientation Agency, Ikemba Martin Opara, amongst others.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi.