DEMOLITION OF SOMTO HOSPITAL IN OWERRI, IMO STATE :  MY POSITION

My Attention Has Been Drawn To The On Going Demolition Of Somto

Hospital Owerri, On The Directive Of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

For The Records, Somto Hospital Was Built In Memory Of An Innocent 12

Year Old Boy Who Was Callously Killed By Soldiers During The

Demolition Of Ekeukwu Market Owerri In August 2017, On The Directive

Of Then Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Before The Ekeukwu Owerri Market (An Ancestral Market) Was Demolished,

I Called For Caution, And Pleaded That The Market Should Not Be

Immediately Demolished Or Phased Out, Rather, A Graduated Module Be

Adopted. Unfortunately, My Advise Was Not Taken. Eventually, The

Market Was Demolished. . Also, An Owerri Son Appointee (From Emekuku

Axis) Who Held A High Profile Position Was Removed From Office Because

He Reportedly Cautioned Against The Demolition Of The Ancestral

Ekeukwu Market.

Despite The Fact That I Was Supporting The Owelle Rochas Okorocha Led

Leadership, I Angrily Jumped Into The Boxing Ring To Attack And

Condemn Rochas Okorocha For Demolishing That Market Without Showing

Human Sympathy And Against Court Injuction.  I Wrote A Nineteen Page

Article To Express My Annoyance. In That Article, I Brutally And

Mercilessly Death  With The Then Commissioner Of Police, Mr Okey

Ezike… Please Google….. “Ekeukwu Owerri Market Demolition : There

Is No Peace For The Wicked”, For Details.

As Far As I Am Concerned, “Somto Hospital” Is Not A Hospital, But An

Uncompleted Hospital Project.

During The 2019 Campaigns, Some Governorship Candidates Promised To

Bring Back The Ekeukwu Owerri Market On The Same Spot It Was, If

Elected. Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, Dr

Ikedi Ohakim

, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume And A Few Others,

All Pledged To Rebuild Ekeukwu Owerri Market. I Never Supported Their

Aspirations To Govern Imo State. I Supported Ugwumba Uche Nwosu,

Because He Had And Still Has What It Takes To Give Ndimo An Improved

Version Of The Dee Sam Mbakwe Leadership.

In Fairness To Governor Hope Uzodinma, He Is Executing His Programme.

Emeka Ihedioha Would Have Demolished Somto Hospital For Ekeukwu Owerri

Market To Bounce Back. Ikedi Ohakim Would Have Done Same. Senator

Ifeanyi Araraume Would Have Done Same Thing…………….On A

Personal Note, His Excellency, Governor Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha Would

Have Brought Back A Remodelled Ekeukwu Owerri Market, While

Immortalizing Master Somtochukwu Ibeanusi By Dedicating A Police

Station Inside The Market To His Name………

Now, Thousands Of Displaced Traders Within And Around The Demolished

Ekeukwu Market Have Turned Into Nuisances, By Blocking Roads With

Their Wares…….. Do You Blame Them? Mbaanu.  Do You Chase Them

Around? Mbaanu. They Are Already Frustrated Traders.  Hope Uzodinma

Has Decided To Rebuild The Demolished Market, So That These Traders

Can Go Back To Meaningful Trading. Everything I Propounded That Would

Happen After The Demolishing Of Ekeukwu Market Have Come To Pass.

Over Three Years Since The Demolition Of Ekeukwu Market, Traders Have

Cumulatively Lost Over N100 Billion, Owerri Indigenes Collecting

Informal Taxes Have Lost Over N700 Million, Owerri Municipal Council

Has Lost Over N2 Billion, Imo State Government Has Lost Over N700

Million, Shop Owners And Landlords Have Lost Over N20 Billion And Yet,

Somto Hospital Built In Replacement Has Not Yielded One Kobo For

Anybody Or Government……… I Stand To Be Challenged.

Five Weeks Ago, Hope Uzodinma Goofed Crazily By Laying The Foundation

Stone For The Take Off Of The Rebuilding Of Ekeukwu Market, While

Somto Hospital Structure Was Still Standing………….. Honestly, I

Nearly Attacked Him. I Had Expected Him To First Demolish The

Uncompleted Somto Hospital Project Before Laying The Foundation Stone

Of #BringBackEkeukwuMarketProject. … Now That Somto Uncompleted

Hospital Project Is Being Demolished, I Want Ndimo To Support It..

Nobody Is Witch Hunting Rochas Okorocha On This Matter. This Is The

Gospel Truth. I Support Hope Uzodinma 100 Percent On This.

Conversely, I Am Calling On Misinformed Imo Citizens Who Are Already

Condemning The Demolition Of Somto Hospital To Match On Their Break Of

Condemnation, And Reason Rationally Along The Lines I Have Adumbrated

Above.

Anytime Governor Hope Uzodinma Misfires Or Goofs, Trust Me, I Will

Punch Him Very Hard And Without Mercy. But On This One, He Got It

Right, And Deserves A Very Big Applause.

I Rest My Pen.

Hon Dr Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

Fcai, Mkda (Ekenwohia Ndigbo)

16/11/2020

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