Imo govt honours Liberia’s Johnson-Sirleaf with statue

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visits Imo
Liberian President Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (middle), Miss Uchechi Okorocha, DG Rochas Foundation (1st right), Governor Rochas Okorocha (2nd right), Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha (1st left) and other guests with the students of Rochas Foundation College of Africa when the Liberian President visited the school and interacted with the students on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the college.

The Liberian president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, on Thursday arrived Owerri, the Imo state capital for a two-day working visit during which she is expected to be honoured by the state government.

On arrival, the Liberian leader was taken to the Eze Imo Palace, where she was conferred with a chieftaincy title by the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, Samuel Ohiri.

Just like Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Nana Ado Akufo of Ghana, the Liberian leader was inducted in the Imo Hall of Fame, received Imo Merit Award and her statue also unveiled in her honour.

Speaking after the honour, Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf said she was excited to be in Imo, adding that with education, hardwork and unity of purpose, Africa would soon get to the promised land.

A statement by the chief press secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, on Tuesday said Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf’s visit is ‘principally’ to meet students of the Rochas Foundation especially Liberian students whose parents died of Ebola.

On Friday, Mrs. Sirleaf met with students of the foundation where she stressed that education is the most effective way to fight poverty in Africa. She said that if most children in the region have access to quality education, the problem of the continent would be solved.

She also applauded the foundation for its efforts in building a community for African children to thrive and giving them a platform to grow.

“I have travelled to every part of the world and I have travelled all over Africa, I have never experienced something like this. I have seen leaders of Africa build schools, roads, give scholarships, and so on, in all of these things. I have not seen any of them go beyond the ordinary by gathering indigent children of Africa from all of our countries, bring them together in our family, sharing together, I thank you. There is no other better way to fight poverty and preach unity than this”, she said.

In his speech, Governor Rochas Okorocha said the Foundation was not set up to show affluence, rather a platform to foster the kind of unity Africa yearns for.

“What I do today is not a dramatisation of affluence as I am not amongst the richest in Africa, Rochas foundation is a dramatisation of sacrifice. This may as well be the Africa we are looking for, I do know that this institution will grow beyond me and my generation. This may be the beginning of the unity we all crave for in Africa. These children now see themselves as one family”, he said.

Mrs. Sirleaf also delivered a lecture to Imo women on the “Women in Politics” at the Imo women at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC).


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  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    next in line to be “honored” in no particular order ……. north korea,venezuela and philippine presidents …………………..

    • FreeNigeria

      add Sudan and Syria. he can add Hitler for the sake of history

    • NwaIgbo

      And what will happen, you all get a life. Smart people investigate, research and analyze before publishing, that is if you know what I am talking about.

      • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

        don’t know what you are talking about,not remotely interested …………………………try to get “honored” by zuma and sirleaf after you prompt them to get “Smart people investigate, research and analyze before publishing” …………………..the crap ……………….get a life !!!!!!

  • kenmege

    When u have a buffalo as a governor,expect the unexpected.

    • emmanuel

      See him and his wife, two piece that look gluttons

  • Colnbri

    Is Okorocha unaware regarding the conflict of interest where a sitting Governor is using state resources to promote his personal foundation ? Any honourable person would have chosen to do this after thier incumbency?

    • newday

      okorocha is a piece of shit & confirmed outlaw!

      • NwaIgbo

        Why? That’s is your personal opinion, read my posting on this.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    OKOROAWUSA…..BUSY NURTURING HIS PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION AT THE EXPENSE OF IMO STATE !

  • NwaIgbo

    Holding brief for Governor Okorocha:
    1. I do not support any use of government funds to build statues or funnel into private foundations.
    2. I do not support owing people salaries and using the funds to enrich one’s self
    Now, this is where investigative journalism comes into play. Governor Okoroacha should be interviewed by Channel TV, Premium Times and other verifiable media organizations to answer to all these social media trashing of the governor, only after that can we judge him one way or the other. As an indigene of Owerri I can attest that Governor Okorocha has transformed Owerri for all to see. From transforming Owerri City to his improving the lot of all local governments in Imo state, this present governor has done more that Udenwa, Ohakim,Maduaeke and even the famed Nda Mbakwe(all former governors of Imo state).
    I know there are many opposing political enemies of Okorocha who will never see any thing good in “my people,my people” governor, please continue to gather your facts and hold on to your brief as Roacha’s term will soon come to an end, then any aggrieved person should head down to the courts. Do not forget Okahim- the so called “Clean and Green” Governor is facing EFCC now. Calling the Governor “Okoro awusa” is a spent cabbage and means nothing. Let us put emotions by the side and wait for facts to lead and guide us before crucifixion.
    By the way, I do not work for Imo state government neither am I a family member of the governor. There is a Rochas Educational Foundation picking up the downtrodden and dregs of society and giving hope and dignity to many. Crucifyers of Governor Okorocha, what have you done to help humanity. Which one you de?

  • emmanuel

    Nigeria must henceforth employ Psychopathologist to interview potential public office holders, while psychiatrist examines them.
    This man Rochas has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he suffers from some form of dementia.
    It took him less than three weeks after he shook hands with Obama in the White House to install a mega Bill Board on his so-called achievement, that was an early warning signal, which Imo State people never too serious.
    Unfortunately, he has thoroughly embarrassed them in the last couple of weeks

    • GusO

      I don’t think he suffers from dementia. I think he is a narcissist who might also be borderline bipolar.

  • Lanre

    Is the Rochas Foundation a government initiative or a private endeavor of Rochas Okorocha? Why is Ellen Sirleaf’s statue built with Tax Payers funds and the unveiling a government affair? A standard definition of Official Corruption – The utilization of government revenue, services and activities to private ends.

  • PolyGon2013

    Rochas’ statue will soon be in South Africa and Liberia.

  • Frank Bassey

    Imagine Okorocha being a PDP Governor …? Lai Mohammed would have screamed to the international community to come and examine his head, while Prof. Wole Shoyinka will grant press conference to launch a Poem on official irresponsibility. Even PMB would have muttered something in condemnation. But it is good for them. The I-too-know of our Ibo neighbours is too much.

  • Primo Compatriot

    What’s really the rationale behind all these statue erection? and why haven’t any of these so called African leaders rejected it and advice that the money be used for building schools, roads, and providing scholarships?