According to reports from vanguard, the wife of the Imo state governor, Mrs Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, is currently heading and running four government ministries in the state.
The revelation was made when the correspondent chapel of Imo state, honoured the governor's wife with the 'Most Outstanding Governor's Wife' award in Owerri, Imo state, recently.
The representative of Governor Rochas Okorocha, George Etche who is the Secretary to the state government (SSG), said Mrs Okorocha controls the “Women Affairs, Works, Health, as well as the office of the Secretary to the State Government.”
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Etche also said Mrs Okorocha deserves to be honoured with the 'Nobel peace prize'. He said:
“We should thank God Almighty for giving us Owelle Rochas Okorocha who has offered us free education at all levels. We should also thank God for giving us his wife, Nkechi Okorocha, for putting smiles in the faces of the less privileged in the state. It is difficult to see first ladies do this kind of thing. You see that over 200 widows have gotten houses in Imo State.”
Accepting the award, Mrs Okorocha spoke about her pet project She Needs a Roof Project (SNARP) which is designed to build houses for widows and disadvantaged people in Imo state. She said:
“I am doing this because of humanity. I am pregnant with something. I have a dream one day we will move around communities and we will not find people living in bad condition or in a house without roof.”
She also narrated how a widow died shortly after benefitting from one of their projects:
“Hours we left, she was pointing at the SNARP project, meaning that she should be taken into the house and that night she was taken into the house, on our way that night we were told that mama has joined her ancestors."
Expressing her joy she said:
“I am happy that this award is coming from a group that has key into my vision. The only way Imo can be better is to have a media that can understand they have a part to play in the role of development of the state. I discovered that with Imo journalists there is hope for Imo state.”