By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, has revealed that, in his administration, the wife, Nkechi Okorocha, has control over four ministries of the government in the state.
Okorocha stated this when the correspondent chapel of Imo state, honoured the wife with the “most outstanding Governor’s wife award” Thursday in Owerri.
The Secretary to the Imo state government, Mr George Etche who represented the governor at the event while singing praises of the achievements of Okorocha’s wife in 6 years also named the ministries under the control of the wife of the Imo state governor.
As part of his presentation, the ministries include, “Women Affairs, Works, Health, as well as the office of the Secretary to the State Government.”
Etche also went further to confirm the statement made by Hon. Chinedu Offor, a lawmaker representing Onuimo state constituency in the Imo state House of Assembly, in which he said that the governor’s wife deserved to be honoured with the award of “Nobel peace prize”
According to Etche,” We should thank God Almighty for given us Owelle Rochas Okorocha who has offered us free education at all levels. We should also thank God for given us his wife, Nkechi Okorocha for putting smiles in the faces of the less privileged in the state.”
“It is difficult to see first ladies do this kind of thing. You see that over 200 widows have gotten houses in Imo state.”
In her remarks, the wife of the Imo state governor, Nkechi Okorocha while speaking on her pet project, She Needs a Roof Project, SNARP, according to her, it was a project for building houses for widows and the disadvantaged in the state, adding that “I am doing this because of humanity.”
“I am pregnant with something. I have a dream one day we will move around communities and we will not find people living in bad condition or in a house without roof.”
She could not hold her tears, when she explained that one of the beneficiaries died few hours the bungalow house was handed over to her at Aro in Okigwe Local Government Area.
“Hours we left, she was pointing at the SNARP project, meaning that she should be taken into the house and that night she was taken into the house, on our way that night we were told that mama has joined her ancestors.”
While expressing her joy over the award, she said, “I am happy that this award is coming from a group that has key into my vision. The only way Imo can be better is to have a media that can understand they have a path to play in the role of development of the state.”
“I discovered that with Imo journalists there is hope for Imo state.”