June 20, 2024

Uzodimma: Tinubu’ll rescue Nigeria ‘s economy

Hope Uzodimma Imo

Gov Uzodimma

Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, yesterday declared that President Bola Tinubu has the vision and capacity to rescue Nigeria ‘s economy and make it the fastest growing one in Africa.

Uzodimma, who spoke at an interactive session with journalists in Owerri, also gave two brand new, 14 seater buses to members of the Correspondents’ Chapel and the National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, in Imo State.

The governor said he had no doubt that the current economic policies of the federal government under the leadership of President Tinubu would lead Nigeria to prosperity.

He  noted that journalists needed to properly explain to Nigerians the benefits of the policies instead of trumpeting the side effects.

According to him, “although the populace are experiencing economic hardship occasioned by the policies, they would eventually enjoy the benefits.”

Governor Uzodimma maintained that the removal of fuel subsidy and merging of official and parallel exchange rates were courageous steps taken by President Tinubu to strengthen the economy.

The governor regretted that instead of some notable Nigerians acknowledging the efforts of President Tinubu, they were busy demarketing the administration through the media.

He said that whereas the three major presidential candidates promised to end the regime of fuel subsidy, the other two who didn’t win are pretending otherwise.

He beckoned on the media to buy into the vision of  President Tinubu in rebuilding the economy instead of allowing pessimists to take control of the media space.

His words: “Every discerning Nigerian knows that President Tinubu’s economic policies are sound and that they will salvage the country sooner than later.”

The governor urged Nigerians to be patient with President Tinubu administration, saying that the current hardship was like a birth pang that would go away when the baby is born.

Meanwhile, Governor Uzodimma donated two brand new buses to the Imo State Correspondents of Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, and the National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Imo State chapter for their day-to-day operations and for being worthy partners with government for a better society.

The two affiliate bodies of the NUJ had paid a courtesy call on the governor to introduce members of their newly elected executives and seek continuing partnership with government.

While congratulating them, the Governor enjoined the journalists to continue to be professional in the discharge of their duties and also spare a thought about the unity, growth and development of Nigeria in the course of discharging their duties.

Governor Uzodimma emphasised that all over the world governments partner with the media and that in Nigeria, outside the three arms of government, the press is the next recognised as “the fourth estate of the realm which makes the media very important for the State, the nation and the world at large.”

He advised them not to be deliberately antagonistic to any government “rather should show more commitment and be more objective and patriotic while reporting for the interest of the State and the nation at large.”

In their presentations earlier, the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Comrade Ifeanyi Nwanguma had thanked the Governor for giving them the opportunity to have one-on-one with him, noting that he only came to introduce the new Executive members of the Correspondents Chapel and NAWOJ to him.

He formally congratulated the Governor on his reelection for a second tenure and promised continuing support of NUJ in the State to the administration.

Chairman of Correspondents’ Chapel, Comrade Chinonso Alozie as well congratulated the Governor on his reelection and explained that the State’s Correspondents have decided to form better partnership with the Government for a better Imo State.

The State Chairman of NAWOJ,  Dr. Dorothy Nnaji thanked the Governor for his fatherly, moral and financial support and informed that NAWOJ is involved in a lot of interventions, sensitization and enlightenment of rural women.