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Owerri Becomes Statues City As Okorocha Moves To Erect 10 More Statues

okorocha erects 10 more statues

Nov 18, 2017 – Owerri Becomes Statues City As Okorocha Moves To Build 10 More Statues

Days after unveiling the statues of two African presidents, Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha is set to unveil 10 more statues.

Even though his actions had generated lots of controversies, Saturday PUNCH learnt on Friday that the governor would soon unveil more statues.

Our correspondent visited the Ikemba Ojukwu Centre in Owerri, Imo State capital, where the statues were erected, but security men didn’t allow him to enter.

However, a top Government House official told our correspondent that Okorocha was set to unveil statues of former President Olusegun Obasanjo; a former Vice-President, Alex Ekwueme; a former Senate President, late Evans Enwerem; and the first civilian Imo State Governor, Sam Mbakwe.

According to the source, others whose statues would soon be unveiled are those of the first Nigerian President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe; former Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa; late sage, Obafemi Awolowo; and Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo.

The source said that of Akufo-Addo would be unveiled at a ceremony when he visits the state soon.

The government official said the idea of unveiling the statues was to celebrate leaders, who had through “selfless efforts” contributed to the development of the state, Nigeria and the African continent.

The source said, “The governor is interested in celebrating those who have contributed to the development of mankind, especially on the African continent. In the years to come, these leaders will be no more but their statues will keep them evergreen in the minds of the people.

“With the statues, they have been inducted into the Imo Hall of Fame and have received the highest award in the state called the Imo Merits Award.”

When asked how much each statue cost the state government, the official said they were not as expensive as people were exaggerating.

“It is not as costly as people had exaggerated. Though I don’t know the exact amount, the government cannot use about N500m to erect one statue. It is not possible. The governor is a prudent manager of resources,” he said.





  1. Ky2 boy

    November 18, 2017 at 6:43 AM

    It is a ritual. He must do it if he wanna live

  2. Elvis

    November 18, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    Why is he spending tax payer money, while people are still living in the streets of Imo state Capital without accommodation?
    Was due process taken before this project was approved? This governor must be held to account for wasteful expenditure.

  3. Noname

    November 18, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    This is so sad. With d rate of poverty and unemployment in Nigeria this man is wasting money he should have at least used for Windows and orphans. God is Watching.

  4. Black Stone

    November 18, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    The governor is going statues crazy

  5. Mon

    November 18, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    ….and he want to be remembered as one who erected their statues,nonsense

  6. Amazon

    November 19, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Hmmmmm, priority mismanaged

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