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Why I’ve turned to a crazy man – Okorocha

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Outgoing Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha says that his passion to develop the state has turned him into a crazy man.

He noted that as a result of his commitment to the state’s development, he is on the road for 18 hours daily.

The governor explained that consequently, he barely gets more than 3 to 4 hours of sleep everyday, which he said has turned him into a “crazy man”.

Okorocha made the disclosure when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commissioned the Imo International Exhibition Centre, Owerri on Friday.

He noted that Osinbajo advised him years back to always commission projects he executes but he realised the wisdom behind the advice late.

Okorocha said, “Your Excellency, you’re here and I invited you to come and commission some projects in Imo State. Few years ago when you visited Imo, you advised me that I must make my works known to the people and I disagreed with you taking excuses that there was no need to commission projects because when I consider the money involved in commissioning a project, it would give me money, to construct another classroom elsewhere. But as time went on, I have come to realize that the advice you gave to me was simply of wisdom.”

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Though I have taken the advice very late, that’s why I was calling you to be among the first that will commission some of these projects to actualize the advice you had given to me. I have spent 8 years Mr. Vice President. 18 hours out of the 24 hours in a day, I am on the road working. And for the past 8 years, I do not know of any night that I have gotten 3 or 4 hours of sleep. My passion for Imo made me a crazy man, and I was in a hurry to change the situation”.

Speaking earlier, Osinbajo described Okorocha as a “great achiever”.

The Vice President said, “I have gone round the state on several occasions to look at so many projects that the governor has done. As a matter of fact, on one occasion, we went to see one of the Universities that he had just completed. When I went round that University Complex, I realized that there is simply no other University that has the kind physical facilities like that University has, at least in the history of Nigeria.

“So, I felt that it’s very important to recognize what His Excellency has done in these past 8 years. He is extremely commendable and I don’t know like many others, that have done the amount of work especially in infrastructure that he has done, Schools, hospitals etc. I’ve also commissioned hospital premises of the Airforce, the Police and others like them at 3 or 4 places. A lot of these projects like he said are not advertised or published in any way

“I’ve always found him very strange. I must say so because he’s otherwise someone who is not quiet but decided to keep quiet about his achievements. I’ve not been able to understand that because anybody who knows him will not say he’s a quiet man”.

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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