Today 2nd February, 2018, the people of Okporo Community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State made up of Traditional Rulers and their cabinet, men and women alike, various youth organizations, OMATTA and ESSIMA members, came out early to welcome the representativs of Ministry of Non Formal Sector and Market Development led by Lady Joy Mbawuike who are currently on tour of all the major Markets in Imo state.
The three Traditional Rulers in Okporo namely; HRH Eze V.N. Ugbala, HRH Eze J.E. Odiri, HRH Eze J.C. Iwuoha, Bar. Robert Udensi, President Okporo Middle AGE UNION, Hon. Paschal Okorie, Hon. Ekechuckwu, Humble Okonkwo, Mr. Val. Anele, Hon Valentino Ugbala who is the Contractor handling the market, led other community men and enthusiastic traders to welcome the commissioner for Non Formal Sector, Hon. Lady Joy Mbawuike and other staff of the ministry, and the SA on City Development and Urban Markets, to the Governor, Ichie Best Mbanaso, as a son of the soil.
In their various opening remarks, Hon Valentino Ugbala (AKA DA Vinci) thanked the state government for the choice of Okporo in sitting one of its Rescue Mission Projects and urged his Kiths and Kins to always support the Governor and his Rescue Mission led administration.
On his part, Hon. Paschal Okorie thanked the Governor for delivering on his campaign promises. Bar. Robert Udensi pledged the youth’s support to the Rescue Mission administration and urged the Governor to always carry the youths along in the scheme of things.
Responding on behalf of the ministry of Non Formal Sector and MARKET Development, Lady Joy Mbawuike thanked them for the availability of land for the project and called on them to always support the APC administration of Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha. She thanked the contactor, Chief Valentino Ugbala for the speedy work at the foundation stage and reiterated the government’s commitment to release funds for the completion of the First Phase within two months. She said that foreign investors would be attracted, when completed she also pledged to ensure speed completion and commissioning of the modern market project.
Valentino Ugbala presented 20 goats and 200 tubers of yam to the 19 villages, of which two goats went for the State Government (one for the Governor and one for the ministry). The contactor later conducted the commissioner and her entourage round the project site.