Outgoing Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said that Imo is the only state where there’s free education from primary, secondary to the university level.
Okorocha said this in Owerri, during a prayer meeting by Women of Divine Destiny Initiative, WODDI, organized by his wife, Nkechi Okorocha, at Imo International Convention Center, IICC.
The governor said he came into power without the backing of political elites in Imo and have gone through a lot of troubles to develop Imo state.
He explained that in 2011, he came about with the slogan of “rescue mission” because he met Imo state in a situation begging for “true governance.” He said:
“Mind you, my coming to Power was without the elites or the big names in Imo Politics. None was with me. But the masses of Imo State were with me and are still with me.
“So, because of the serious task of developing Imo State of our collective dreams and aspirations, I tagged this administration, Rescue Mission Administration. I swore before the Almighty God and declared that Imo Must be Better.
“But in the course of this government, I must confess to you that we have gone through a lot of troubles and opposition to get to where we are today. Today, the entire landscape of Imo is dotted with landmark and verifiable projects which are there for all to see.
“The Rescue Mission Administration, knowing that education was the bedrock of our economic life, started and declared free education at the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions in order to attract our teaming children back into the classrooms.
“So, Imo State today is the only State where there’s free education from Primary, Secondary to the University. As a result of this development, Imo State has continued to hold the ace in the enrolment of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board ,JAMB, in Nigeria for Seven years running now.
“My job as your governor has been made a lot mere easier by the hands of fellowship which you Imolites have extended to me including working with other key individuals that understand the essence of good governance with a high sense of duty to deliver.
“But let me use this opportunity to appreciate all the Rescue Mission team who have helped me in ways too numerous to mention in achieving these great strides for our dear State.
“I also do know that in the process of redeeming Imo, I did not have to follow the rules. So, my apologies to anyone whom I may have touched negatively in this process of governance.
“In all, I want to thank first of all, my lovely wife, Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha, my entire family and indeed all Imolites who gave us their support to get this far.”