Rochas Okorocha, the Governor of imo state has empowered up to 305 youths from the 305 wards across the 27 local government areas of the state with the sum of One Million Naira (N1 million) each, instantly transforming them into millionaires. This happened on the 13th of july 2017.
According to the Governor, the money was given to them to encourage succeed and begin to contribute to the progress and prosperity of the state and the country. He also assured the beneficiaries of his assistance to making sure that they prosper in their business endeavors. In his words he said.
“Henceforth if you encounter problems in running your various businesses you should feel free to consult me by channeling your difficulties through the Chief of Staff. My dream is to make sure that in the next one year your story will change for better”.
The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, disclosed that the gesture was in line with his dream to reduce the poverty rate in the state to 5 percent from the current 14 percent.
He further said “We have employed ten young graduates from each of the 305 wards totaling 3050. We have empowered ten women in each of the wards with N100,000 also totaling N305million. And today, we have given One Million Naira each to 305 youths. Those in school are enjoying our free education programme. We are determined to give poverty a deadly blow in the state”.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Ashankeonye Obioma Francis pledged the allegiance and support to the governor and his development efforts in the state, assuring that they would succeed in whatever venture they use the money for.