Governor Hope Uzodimma today met with the Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairmen of the 27 local government areas of the State, traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders, assuring them that Government is set to move into the rural communities to develop them.

"We are going Into the rural areas now to open them Up. We will 'attack' all the roads in the rural areas", he said

The meeting which held at the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chamber of the Government House was called to get the buy-in of leaders at the local level towards identifying and submitting lists of community based Health Centres to be renovated and equipped by the government between now and Christmas.

"We are now going into the rural communities to open them up - I want the people to know what is coming into their communities - The people have the right to ask questions - We will "attack" all the roads in the rural areas - We are going to support all the communities with Security Outfits to be flagged off on the 30th of November 2021. The Government will give all the support" Governor Uzodimma said.

The Governor used the occasion to thank Traditional Rulers in Imo State for their unflinching support and also condoled them over the killing of two of their members in Njaba local government both of whom he described as brilliant and ebullient traditional rulers.

The Governor reminded the audience that he met a dillapidated State Capital and felt it will be right to uplift the status of Owerri as a befitting state capital before going into the rural areas.

"Our plan was to concentrate and complete the re-development of Owerri within one year, but immediately we started, it became one crisis after another from Covid19 to EndSars, to Unknown Gunmen, coupled with the release of prisoners who now went into the communities to do what they know best - it was like Imo was held captive - The perpetrators went into social media to unleash propaganda to deceive the people as a way of hiding their active participation and encouragement of the insecurity. However, our people are now realizing the roles played by these fifth columnists" the Governor stated.

Speaking further on the renovation of Primary Health Centres, Governor Uzodimma assured: "Between now and Christmas, we want to make sure that all local Health Centres are renovated, with drugs, equipments and personnels provided, not minding the encumbrances arising from the insecurity that came up during the period under review which has affected our cashflow very seriously. We will do our best to deploy whatever that is left prudently so that our people will get value for whatever services we are going to render".