Even though he was heavily criticized for erecting the statues of some African leaders including Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state says some Nigerian leaders are next to be honoured.
Okorocha, while speaking with journalists, about the state’s plan for its 42nd anniversary, said he would soon unveil statues to honour of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu; the late premier of the defunct Eastern Region, Dr Michael Okpara and Chief Sam Mbakwe, another former leader.
Daily Independent reports that the governor also revealed that a high powered committee to be headed by the speaker of state House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, had been set up to handle the event.
According to the governor, the event would among other things feature an Imo merit award on February 28.
Okorocha further said the less privileged would be put into consideration while the celebration lasts.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new institutions include the “University of Engineering, Onuimo, University of Agriculture, Aboh Mbaise, Ihitte Uboma College of Education and Ehime Polytechnic.”