The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said he runs his government like a “personal business” held in trust for the people and not with the “mindset of being a government job.”
Okorocha made the remark when he received the new Commander of the 34 Field Artillery Brigade Obinze, Brig. Gen. Hamza Ibrahim Bature at the new Governor’s Lodge, Government House, Owerri, the state capital.
In the statement sent to DAILY POT by his aide, Mbidoaka Livinus, the governor admonished the new Army Commander to work with passion as that’s the only way to succeed.
Okorocha also reiterated his love for his state, saying “my people come first before anything else.”
According to Okorocha, “I can see a connection between you and me which is the passion to strive, my principle word as a governor is what can we do to effect positive change in the lives of our people.
“The contact I have with anyone that comes to serve here is the people of Imo state and that is the spirit with which I speak. I always maintain that my people come first before anything else, the people remain the pivot upon which the Rescue mission Agenda rotates.”
“I want you to join me in this drive, vision and passion to move the people and state forward. I have hunger for success, despite the huge development in the state I am not yet satisfied because I have not gotten the Imo state of my dream. I am not working with the mindset of this being a government job, I take it as a personal business held in trust for the people, which must succeed.”
The governor assured the command of every assistance needed to succeed and further advised the new commander saying, “this is an opportunity for you to showcase what you can do and who you are as you may never get the chance again. Wise men make good use of opportunity and the unwise lets it go, he opined.”
Earlier on, Bature said he came to officially present himself to the governor as the new commander and to pledge his support in ensuring security in the state.
He said “our operation is guarded by the constitution and the trust of our operation has been captured in the vision of the Chief of Army Staff which is encapsulated as to have a professionally positive army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.”
The new Commander also pledged his total support to the government and people of theED state towards securing a peaceful and crime free state.