Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has passionately requested for the establishment of at least one Air Force Secondary School in the State to enable her to have a sense of belonging like other States where such Hi-Tech Institutions exist in the country.
The Governor made the request when he received in audience senior officers of Air Force Ground Training Command, Enugu, led by the Air Officer Commanding the Institution, Air Vice Marshal Frank Oparah who was on a courtesy visit to him at Government House Owerri.
The Governor acknowledged the critical role played by the Nigerian Air Force at the peak of insecurity in Nigeria and Imo State in particular in stemming the tide of insurgency and banditry in particular.
He pledged the State’s support to the Air Force and emphasized the need for the Institution’s sufficient presence in Imo State.
He assured that “Imo State is prepared to receive more of your projects”, pledging that “there is enough land for such establishments as they will assist in the protection of lives and property.”
Uzodimma also called on the Air Force authorities to urgently equip their already existing Medical Centre in Imo State so that both their personnel and the people of Imo State will have access to such health facilities.
He reminded them of how highly Imo State Government regards the Nigerian security agencies, noting that his government depends so much on the partnership she has with them for the security of lives and property of her citizenry.
He, therefore, asked them to always feel free to knock on the doors of his administration for assistance as Imo State is already a willing partner in their assignment.
On the reason for the visit, Air Vice Marshal Oparah said they came to thank Governor Uzodimma for the numerous support and encouragement the Air Force has been receiving from Imo State under his watch since he assumed office.
AVM Oparah commended the zeal of the Governor in stemming the tide of insurgency and banditry that has bedeviled Imo State in recent times.
He reassured the Governor of the readiness of the Air Force to always come to the assistance of Imo State Government when called upon.
The Deputy Governor, Prof Placid Njoku, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie and other top government officials joined the Governor to receive the Air Force Chiefs.