Imo State Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has vowed to dedicate his tenure to serving God and humanity, a statement by his media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu quoted him as saying on Sunday at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Mbutu, Aboh Mbaise LGA, during a thanksgiving service to mark his 54th birthday.
Mr. Ihedioha said only a state that is entrusted in the hands of God, can realize the desire of the people.
“Let me pledge, that as a soldier of Christ, I will dedicate my tenure as Governor to the service of God, promoting Him and humanity because it is only God that can protect and enable us to accomplish our desire to make Imo, a greater state,” he said.
The governor-elect re-enforced his commitment to rebuilding Imo State, disclosing plan to announce members of his Transition Committee to help “evaluate the status quo and articulate our takeoff programmes when we are sworn in.”
The former dep. speaker of the House of Representatives stated that he is very committed to liberating imo State as he frowned at the level of mismanagement of the finances of the state.
He said, “I will strive to correct the ills in our state and make things work for the better. And in the course of it, I will step on some toes. I want to appeal to those that may be hurt, not to take it to heart but rather bear with us and accept it as a sacrifice in the rebuilding process.
“Our primary purpose is to get our state working again and I want to assure you that our government will give every Imolite, reasons to smile again.”
He asked civil servants and other relevant stakeholders in the state to avail the Transition Committee useful information, as according to him, “What we want to achieve is to institute a procedure, a due process by which activities will run smoothly, where we can practice democracy in the true sense of it. So much damage has been done to the state and so the expectations are very high.”
Ihedioha urged the Imo people to feel free to counsel him rather than condemn him.
“Rather than condemn for condemning sake, I urge our people to please feel free to tell me those things you think we can do to get things right. I assure you that I will be a listening governor,” he added.
He also promised to set up a Bureau to look into the issues of unduly sacked teachers who still have a lot to offer the state.