I will transform, Owerri, Orlu, Okigwe to mega commercial cities – Okorocha


Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday pledged to transform Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe into mega commercial cities before the end of his tenure in May 2019.

Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha made the disclosure in Orlu during the one year anniversary of the opening of Okporo Orlu Electrical/Electronics market.

Represented by the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Chide Ibe, the governor said the market was opened to carter for Igbo traders displaced by the crises in the North East.

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He expressed satisfaction that one year after the level of economic activities had justified the establishment of the market.

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The governor urged the traders to partner with the government to further develop the commercial sub-sector, to promote local entrepreneurs and create jobs.

He commended the market leadership, headed by Mr. Emmanuel Ezeanochie and pledged to upgrade infrastructure in the facility.

Also speaking, the Chairman, Njaba Council of Traditional rulers Eze Vincent Duru commended Okorocha for constructing the market and urged businessmen to construct similar market across the state.

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Duru a former Comproller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service and monarch of Okponama community, said several job opportunities abound in the market. He urged youth to take advantage of the opportunities it offered to engage in meaningful endeavors.

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“Imo children especially young graduates and school leavers should imbibe resourceful lifestyle by doing one thing or the other to support their parents.

Duru who described the as a key for job and wealth creation, noted that it was wrong for the Igbos to own business abroad but have little investment at home. “If you have a branch at home, you will not thrown off balance once there is a problem at your base.”


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