In what is obviously a vow in the House of God and in the presence of faithful, and his own way of giving back to the society, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on Sunday rededicates his life to the service of humanity.
He did on the occasion of thanksgiving to God on his 63rd birthday celebration held at the Government House Chapel Owerri.
An excited Governor Uzodimma had thanked God Almighty, his wife, his family, the people of Imo State, friends, political associates, Ndi-Igbo and all Nigerians for their support and belief in him these past 63 years.
Governor Uzodimma’s words: ‘’On the solemn occasion of thanksgiving to God on my birthday celebration I wish to rededicate myself to service of Imo people and indeed Ndi-Igbo and pray God to strengthen me always to give my best to the service of humanity.”
He specifically thanked God whom he acknowledged has done a lot for him at 63.
He recalled that accolades, emcomia and felicitations started pouring in on him with the presentation of his book, ‘’Reflections on the Igbo Question’’, and thanked once again all those that supported the event.
Hear Governor Uzodimma: ‘’What happened at the book presentation had reinforced my resolve to serve Imo people transparently and honestly. It was an incredible goodwill, and the much needed tonic to galvanize myself and my team to undertake more productive ventures in the journey to serve the State better through the Shared Prosperity Agenda.’’
He reiterated his earlier pledge not to use the opportunity of his office to appropriate the patrimony of the people of Imo to himself and his friends as was the case with the administration of former Governor Rochas Okorocha, now a Senator.
Governor Uzodimma recalled meeting a sordid and daunting situation on assumption of office some two years ago, but thanked God that “through concerted efforts of my administration and the dogged efforts of my team who were selfless and dedicated the narrative is gradually changing.”
“Imo State once more belongs to Imo people, as infrastructural provisions are far better today than in past two years.”
He regretted the ugly issues that greeted his administration at inception such as the COVID-19; #EndSARS; and worst of it all, the insecurity that is heightened by the activities of the unknown gunmen, as setbacks that had retarded the wheel of his administration’s progress and speed.
Regardless, he thanked God that his administration has been able to contain the situation and warn the perpetrators of the heinous crimes of banditry and bloodletting of innocent citizens in the State to desist or be ready to face the fool weight of Government and the wrath of God.
He reiterated the readiness of his administration towards the Recovery Agenda, insisting that he will stop at nothing in making sure that all looted property of Imo people are all recovered. “As a matter of fact the prosperity agenda is on a speed gear,’’ he said.
He further pledged to be honest and not betray the trust reposed in him by Imo people, reassuring that “in the coming days, government will roll out all its paraphernalia to ensure that the interest of Imo people will continue to be the primary concern of government.”
In his brief remarks while rejoicing and celebrating with the Governor on his birthday, Chief (Eng.) Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu congratulated him and commended him for his foresight on the book he wrote.