President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma for his developmental efforts in the state.
The President spoke when he visited the state to commission some projects implemented by the Uzodinma government.
According to Buhari, the projects implemented by Governor Uzodinma within his short stay in office have direct positive impact on the people of Imo.
The President added that past governments have shied away from the projects because of the difficulty in executing them but the Uzodinma administration even with scarce resources has tackled the projects.
The commissioned projects include the Owerri/Orlu dual carriage, Owerri/Okigwe road and the renovated House of Assembly Complex.
For these, the President observed that the Governor won’t be forgotten in the history of the people.
President Buhari added that it is a delight for him to be in Imo and for him to have visited the state twice in a space of three years shows his pleasure.
The mind of the President was made known to Naija News via a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
The statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Owerri, Imo State, commended Gov. Hope Uzodimma for his efforts in developing the state, saying, “You have written your own history,’’ after he saw the ultra-modern chamber of the rebuilt House of Assembly.
“President said his administration will leave a legacy of major development projects across the country, while saluting Imo State Governor for giving more attention to constructions and institutional reforms that will improve lives of the people.
“President Buhari, who commissioned the Owerri/Orlu dual carriage, Owerri/Okigwe road and the renovated House of Assembly Complex, noted that the Imo State government had made remarkable progress with infrastructure in three years.”
I Am Happy To Be In Imo
Ignoring security threats from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who had earlier declared a sit-at-home ahead of the visit, President Buhari declared that he is happy to be in Imo.
Buhari praised the people of Imo for the warm hospitality anytime he visits.
He said: “I am delighted to be back in Imo State – the Eastern Heartland – to commission a number of projects executed by the administration of His Excellency, Governor Hope Uzodimma.
“I am happy to note that within just three years of the administration of Governor Uzodimma, I have made two official visits to Imo State to commission projects in the state.
“On each occasion, I have received a very warm hospitality of Imo people, for which I am always appreciative. Ndi Imo, Ndewo!
“As it is often said in local Igbo parlance, a good road deserves a second passage. It is a pleasant coincidence that the name of your governor, “Uzodimma” is derived from this same idiom. Little wonder, therefore, that he has made the provision of good roads one of his top priorities.”President Buhari commissions projects in Imo
We Remain Committed To Infrastructural Development
The President during the visit reiterated the commitment of his administration to the infrastructural development of Nigeria, saying this is critical for the nation’s development.
He, therefore, praised the Imo State government for its dedication to similar projects.
“This can be seen in our commitment to certain critical projects such as Deep Sea Ports, new airport terminals and buildings, various railway projects, a network of gas and power infrastructure, roads and bridges including the Second Niger Bridge, telecommunications infrastructure to mention but a few.
“I am therefore happy to see that the APC administration of Governor Uzodimma is doing similar improvement here in Imo State.
“I commend the Governor for being able to do so with the limited resources at the disposal of the State Government. This proves that when leaders are dedicated and focused, much can be achieved for our people,“ Buhari submitted.
We Would Not Play Politics With Support For States
The President promised that the federal government would support all states regardless of political affiliation to implement developmental projects.
“This support is equally available to all the states of the Federation irrespective of the differences in political party affiliations,” he assured.
Buhari Solicits Support For Uzodinma
The President encouraged Imo State indigenes to keep supporting the Governor in his strive to continue delivering dividends of demicracy.
“In my last visit here, I encouraged you all to support your Governor so that he can do more for the people of Imo state. I am happy that you took my advice and today, he has presented to me three key projects for commissioning.
“I have just commissioned the dualized Owerri – Orlu road, the Owerri Okigwe road (Phase 1) and the rebuilt House of Assembly Complex.
“I am told that these two major roads, which I commissioned, cut through several local government areas of the state. The roads will therefore serve as major stimulants to the local economy of these parts of the state,” the President stated.
President Buhari praised Uzodinma for his commitment and dedication to people-impacting projects, saying: “it took the sheer determination and courage of the current government to fix these roads. So, I say “Bravo” to the Governor of Imo State, whose name I was informed means “good road”.
“I was also informed that the House of Assembly Complex which I have just commissioned was dilapidated and abandoned for over 10 years before the intervention of the present administration.
“This is equally commendable, because of the importance of the legislative arm of government in the sustenance of democracy. I, therefore, applaud the governor for according due respect to this arm of government which is at the heart of our democracy.
In his remarks, the Imo State Governor highlighted the economic importance of the projects to the people and praised the Buhari administration for investing in projects such as the second Niger bridge.
“Each of the projects has a remarkable history. Behind the dualized road has been a nightmare for decades,’’ he said, adding that erosion made the construction more difficult.
“To the glory of God we have found the courage, dedication and means to fix the road. The seemingly intractable challenges have been addressed,’’ Uzodinma said.
This article was originally published on Naija News