Dismissing Questions on Edu’s Suspension
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma expressed unwavering support for President Bola Tinubu’s decision to suspend the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, amidst a N585 million scandal. Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Uzodimma emphasized that questioning Tinubu’s wisdom in this matter is beyond anyone’s purview.
Addressing the suspension in his capacity as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Governor Uzodimma stated, “Whether Progressive Governors Forum, or whether as governor of Imo State, we have only one president whose wisdom we cannot question.” He further asserted that if there are allegations and the President deems it necessary to investigate, it aligns with the law and the oath of office he swore to uphold.
Governor Uzodimma discouraged media sensationalism on the matter, stating, “I don’t think it is something that will begin to create a menu now for the media. So I think let’s allow the sleeping dog to lie.”
Purpose of the Meeting and Presidential Invitation
Governor Uzodimma revealed that his visit to the seat of government had a dual purpose. Firstly, he informed President Tinubu about his upcoming inauguration for a second term on January 15 in Owerri. Secondly, he extended an invitation to the President to grace the occasion.
During the meeting, the Governor also highlighted the successes in managing security issues in the southeast, especially in Imo State. He conveyed President Tinubu’s satisfaction with the positive developments and assured continued support towards the development of Imo State.
Addressing the Southeast’s Monday-Sit-At-Home
Responding to concerns about the Monday-sit-at-home in the Southeast affecting school openings, Governor Uzodimma acknowledged the issue. He explained that while it was previously widespread, recent efforts have resulted in only a few communities participating. The Governor assured that an awareness campaign is underway, anticipating that by the end of the month, schools will resume full shifts in all areas.
Progress on the Oguta Lake and Orashi River Project
Governor Uzodimma provided insights into the Oguta Lake and Orashi River project aimed at facilitating ship berthing in the state. Collaborating with the Nigerian Navy and consortiums of companies, the project involves a comprehensive hydrographic survey from Oguta Lake to the Atlantic Ocean.
The hydrographic survey has been completed and certified, with the Nigerian Navy overseeing the project in partnership with the Imo State government. The Governor outlined the next steps, including volumetric surveys and the installation of navigational equipment. The dredging process is expected to commence in the middle of the year, with an estimated 18-month duration for the entire project.
As Governor Uzodimma continues to navigate Imo State’s challenges and advancements, his backing of President Tinubu’s decisions underscores the cohesion within the political landscape and the commitment to addressing issues through established legal and administrative channels.