- Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that he needed President Muhammadu Buhari to come to Imo to commision his projects
- This, according to him, was why he visited the president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday, April 1
- He said that projects like the new cargo airport terminal, warehouses, the cargo shelves and the new Imo State High Court complex that needed commissioning
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has revealed his reason for meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday, April 1.
Okorocha said that he went to meet the president to request that he come to Imo state to inaugurate his projects such as the new cargo airport terminal, warehouses, the cargo shelves and the new Imo State High Court complex that needed commissioning, The Independent reports.
The outgoing Imo governor said that the projects were formally owned by the federal government undertaken by the state government.
He said: “So, we have well over a thousand projects verifiable to be commissioned; we are requesting Mr President to kindly commission the federal ones and see how many of the state ones he can commission too.
“The 27 model hospitals are much bigger than the state will need, but those hospitals were built for possible concessions; as people come, they take over the hospitals and equip them.
“But we have some of them running already; the one in Ikeduru is fully running and is being taken over by an American company; we have some taken by some churches and private organisations.
“That is our style of making Imo state a tourist destination for Nigeria by building those 27 general hospitals, a diagnostic centre, a free child and mother hospital andthe Imo Medical Centre.
“So, put together, we have 30 hospitals with close to 10,000 beds built by this administration; those hospitals are futuristic so to say.
“They have been roofed; they have all been tiled and fenced; what remains is that we are looking for management because if you pack in now, you might not have the need for it; we are talking about the future, not now.’’
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had a meeting with the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Though the reason for the governor's visit to the villa is not known, it could be believed that it was not unconnected to the crisis surrounding the governorship candidate ticket of the APC in Imo.
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