More explanations have been advanced by the Imo State Government for outlawing Tricycle as a means of transport in Owerri, the State capital.
The Commissioner for Information, Prof. Nnamdi Obiareri, who revealed that government decision, said government was responding to the activities of hoodlums who use tricycles, especially at odd hours, to perpetrate heinous crimes, as well as to restore sanity within the state capital.
This is as the Rochas Okorocha administration has blamed the printer’s devil, for the wrong christening of the Ministry of Happiness.
In an explanatory note released by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, government said it was a typographic error that led to the naming of the Ministry as the Ministry of Happiness and Couples fulfillment rather than Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment.
According to him, “There was a typographic error in the first statement issued on the swearing in of the new commissioners.
The word “Couple” was inadvertently written, instead of the word “Purpose,” we regret that.
In its justification, Imo State Government averred that “The real essence of life is to be happy and to fulfil one’s purpose in life; Government officials are elected to address this”.
“Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment Ministry therefore, is established for the lost time to correct the policy framework to guide ministries and departments on what they must do to guarantee the citizens’ happiness and contribute better to the society.
“This is the very reason people elect their leaders: to guarantee their happiness and purpose fulfilment.
However, it was not why the government only remembered the idea that the very reason people elect their leaders: to guarantee their happiness and purpose fulfillment at the tail-end of the administration.
The statement further described the choice of Okorocha’s sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo as the Supervisory Commissioner in charge of the ministry as a wise choice considering her experience in administration.
“The choice of Mrs Ogechi Ololo, a Masters Degree Holder in computer Science, USA who has been the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor on Domestic Matters and Food Security can be described as a round peg in a round hole.
Before her appointment as the supervisory commissioner, she was charged with the responsibility of liaising with the Federal Government on N-Power Project, CBN Anchor project and BOI, Empowerment Projects.”
Business Hilight recalls also that Governor Rochas Okorocha has also created other Similar Ministries such as the Ministry of Non Formal sector and Market development to address issues of the poor state of Imo Markets and organize the non-formal sector to make them more productive.
Still on the KEKE NAPEP ban, checks by our correspondent showed that number of stranded commuters is rising daily and the development laced with scarcity of the advertised new Taxis provided by the government is not helping matters either.
Many of the commuters castigated the state government for “compounding” their predicament by banning the much popular means of movement in the town, querying “How can a government which claims to have the interest of the masses at heart ask the Keke operators to stay away from the roads? What do they want us to do? Where are the taxi cabs they said they had introduced to replace the Keke operators?”.
To them, Ministry of Happiness should start with transport ease and implementation of good life touching policies and not turning Owerri to a status moulding capital.