Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has revealed the reasons behind his decisions to build a huge statue for South-African president Jacob Zuma in his state.
Okorocha said he built the structure to encourage business relationships with South-Africa and attract foreign investments for the state.
He said that the South-African president was in the state to sign a memorandum of understanding, MoU between the Jacob Zuma Educational foundation and the Rochas Foundation college of Africa.
Okorocha also took a swipe at his critics particularly the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, adding that the party did not build the image of the state when it had the reins of power. He also accused them of looting the state treasury.
A statement signed by his press secretary, Sam Onwuemedo, read in part;
“If it was in the days of PDP, Schools and Markets would have been shot down. And roads closed because President Zuma was coming. But none of such things was done because Rochas and his government have human face. The PDP for the 12 years they held sway never attracted any meaningful visitor to the State except PDP NEC members who were coming to loot the State.
And in case these “Galatians” do not know, if all we need to do to attract good things or investments to Imo is erecting statues, then, we have no option than to erect as many of such structures as possible.
We owe no one apology.Rochas made a promise to open the doors of Imo to the rest of the world, for good and he is doing that and we cannot be deterred by these enemies of our people.”