Imo State Deputy Governor, Engr. Gerald Irona, says the state is now fully focused on governance, noting that the time for politics was well and truly over.
Irona said this in a statement signed by his Communications Adviser, Dr. Walter Duru, on Sunday, while receiving a delegation of the management team of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in his office.
Irona said all hands must be on deck to ensure that Imo State moved forward.
He said: “Let me reiterate the commitment of the present administration in Imo state, led by Chief Emeka Ihedioha to partner with the Nigerian Television Authority and all other Federal public institutions in the state. We are all working for the general interest of Nigerians.
“We have finished politicking and this is time for governance and all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigeria moves forward. The country is going through a difficult period. You will recall that almost on daily basis, there are media reports of ugly incidents and social vices everywhere.
“We will encourage you to ensure that you support the government to fight crime in Imo state. Banditry has no boundaries and we must encourage the exposure of criminals, particularly, those that have looted our treasury.
“They must not be condoned. A criminal is a criminal. Criminals all over the world fight with ill-gotten wealth. It is the responsibility of the media to expose people who, in their opinion, through investigative journalism are corrupt.
“We met Imo that people had lost confidence in government. We met Imo that was disoriented. There was a disconnect between the citizens and the government.
“Look at the challenge of flooding in Owerri. People built on canals and water ways and Owerri master plan was distorted. You can see that there are no good roads in Owerri”.
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