Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, the Governor of Imo Sate has commissioned the state’s liaison office in Abuja. The edifice is named after the former governor of the state, Chief Sam Onunaka Mbakwe and it is called “Dee Sam Mbakwe House”. The complex comprises of the state liaison office and a guest house.
Speaking to newsmen at the occasion the governor revealed that the federal government had stopped the state government from repairing the federal roads in the state like Port Harcourt road and Airport Road.
On the new liaison office, the governor said; “The guest house at the back which is the major project has over 40 rooms and has been leased out and we got N75 million into the coffers of Imo State. The basement and the first floor here have also been rented by a bank for another N75 million totaling N150 million into the kitty of Imo State.’’
He said the building was named after Chief Sam Mbakwe, the first Executive Governor of Old Imo, to ensure that his legacy was not forgotten.
The foundation stone of the building was laid by the former Military Administrator of the state, Col. Tanko Zubairu (Rtd.) who was present at the ceremony. This was made know to the audience by the Imo State Liaison Officer in Abuja, Ms. Rosemary Okeke. She also said the piece of land was acquired in 1997.
The National Chairman of APC, Dr John Oyegun in a goodwill message, commended the spirit of service of Okorocha, and said that Okorocha may be the next president of the country.
The highly attended event was graced by dignitaries, likt the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Chief Benjamin Uwajimogu, HRH Eze Mike Abii, former Governor of Bayelsa, Chief Timipreye Sylva, Zubairu, Sen Osita Izunaso and Eze M. O, Kanu, the Chairman of Imo Traditional Rulers in Abuja and many others.