All is set for the arrival in Imo state today, the President of Liberia, Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Tuesday, announced that the Liberian post-war leader will today storm the state and be conferred with a chieftaincy title and a road named after her in the state.
A statement in Owerri Tuesday, by Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said Sirleaf would also deliver lecture on “Women in politics.”
According to the release, “On arrival on Thursday, Mrs. Sirleaf would be taken to the Palace of Eze Imo to be accorded the African way of receiving an august visitor like her and the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Samuel Ohiri will be expected to decorate her with a Chieftaincy title.
“Taking into account that she took over the leadership of Liberia soon after a bloody Civil War and she has been able to sustain the peace of that Country for ten years now.
“The following day being Friday, November 10, 2017, Mrs. Sirleaf will then be at the Rochas Foundation College of Africa where she will meet with the Students and also specifically interact with the Liberian Students.
“And all these will help to instil confidence in the students and brandish a juicy future for them.
“After her outing to the College, the Liberian President will deliver a lecture to Imo women at Imo International Convention Centre ,IICC, and the topic will be women in politics.
“And the lecture is structured to encourage women in the State to develop interest in leadership, especially when it is recalled that Mrs. Sirleaf is the first female President in Africa.”
Recall that Okorocha last month came under heavy attacks for erecting the statue of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in the state.
But negative reactions have continued to trail the hosting of world leaders in the state at a time workers and pensioners have continued to complain over lack of salaries and benefits. A facebook user – Dim Aruaka simply asked on his wall “Is there no more difference between Imo State Government and Rochas Foundation?”
Another writer, Nwampu wrote “God will revenge this spell on Imo ,this is a government that could not pay complete salary, could not pay pensioners, with all the roads in the rural and urban cities of the state completely collapsed, poverty and hunger are at it’s peak, none payment of gratuity to the retired civil servants AND yet embarked on all these frivolous hosting of visitors which will only drain the treasury of the the state…….
“Rochas is now a god in IMO state that has no respect or regard to both human being or the Almighty God. While other States are busy trying to see the way to be out of the current recession in our nation, our Governor is busy making a local show that has no probative value, Almost all the States in the South East these days are producing rice, whereas the governor of imo is busy making a local show boy”, he wrote.