Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is billed to undertake a one-day working visit to Imo State on October 15, 2021.
The state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma disclosed this in Owerri, the state capital shortly after returning from a week-long follow up visit to Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday, September 9 visited the state.
The governor announced that one of gains from his follow-up visit to Abuja is the visitation by Prof. Osibanjo to Imo State on October 15 to administer the N12billion empowerment programme to the traders, artisans and vulnerable groups as approved by the president for Imo State citizens.
He announced another gain to be the president’s approval of the conversion of Otamiri River to a dam capable of powering a 10 mega watts plant that could generate electricity when completed and help improve water supply in the state.
He also hinted that the Federal Government has included Imo State as a beneficiary of her special Agric Processing Zone Project for livestock.
According to him, out of the seven states in the country that the federal government is billed to spend $850 million, Imo State is number two and will get a whooping $120million.
The governor further disclosed that the federal government has secured $1.4billion facility from the World Bank for Urban and Rural Water development, adding that Imo State is among states approved to benefit from the programme, representing the South East geopolitical zone.
Governor Uzodimma also explained the position of the state on the oil wells located in Imo State that were ceded to Rivers State for about 20 years now.
He said though the boundary adjustment committee through boundary demarcation had given back the oil wells to Imo State, the Rivers State government had taken the matter to the Supreme Court, in an effort to continue to deny Imo State what belongs to her.
Governor Uzodimma expressed disgust that even when some of the wells are located in local governments in Imo State such as Ejemekwuru in Oguta LGA, yet River State, in collaboration with some selfish elements from Imo State who are benefiting from the scam, are bent on turning the table against Imo State.
The governor however expressed confidence that “Imo State will eventually get justice at the Supreme Court and get back what belongs to her”, adding that the state will be receiving additional N8billion monthly from federal allocation.
The governor noted that, “the Debt Management Office has considered Imo State and moved her from 16% borrowing threshold to 40% borrowing capacity which allows her to discuss with the financial institutions on the way forward.”
Governor Uzodimma reiterated his resolve to discourage over taxing of Imo people and reassured that “when things get better only those with genuine businesses and higher income will be taxed while those with little or nothing will be left out of the tax book”.
The governor expressed disgust at kidnappers who are on rampage and making Imo people uncomfortable and urged the people to go about their normal businesses as there is adequate security to guarantee their safety.
He also warned that there is no sit-at-home order in Imo State, whether on Monday or any other day and advised the people to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation.