Governor Rochas Okorocha has again bemoaned the apparent neglect of Imo State by the Federal Government despite the huge sacrifices and contributions made by the state towards the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
The governor particularly noted that Imo State had been treated with utter disregard by the Ministry of Niger Delta since it was created.
He pointed out that the only project of the ministry in the state was the long abandoned Skill Acquisition Centre located in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area.
Okorocha voiced his displeasure while receiving the Minister of State for the Ministry of Niger Delta, Prof Claudius Omoleye Daramola, who visited him at the Government House at the weekend.
He reminded Daramola that the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had promised that the Skill Acquisition Centre would be changed to the University of Science and Technology.
The governor said that if action had been taken on that, it would have been to the credit of the ministry and would have equally assisted in arresting the chaotic situation of restiveness in the area.
He said: “I want to make this plea based on the role this state played toward the enthronement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Imo State is the only state in the South-East that produced a governor to support the change mantra of APC. Without Imo State, probably the balancing we have today in Nigeria would not have taken place.
“APC would have been seen as a sectional party that does not consider some regions of the country. So I demand that attention be given to Imo State, considering the role we played.”