Okorocha to unveil Johnson-Sirleaf’s statue.


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state is set to unveil the statue of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, weeks after unveiling of a multi-million naira statue of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

Okorocha’s latest statue is scheduled to be unveiled on Thursday, November 9 as Johnson-Sirleaf visits Owerri, the Imo State capital, as a guest of the Rochas Okorocha Foundation.

The statue and two others including that of Zuma are occupying a pride of place at Freedom Square on Wetheral Road in the Imo Capital. Okorocha displayed Johnson-Sirleaf’s statue on his twitter handle: @GovernorRochas, saying that the Liberian leader would be honoured during her visit to Imo.

“The Liberia President, Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is set to arrive our dear Imo State for a two-day working visit on Thursday, 9 Nov. 2017,”Okorocha twitted.

Johnson-Sirleaf would, among other activities, pay a visit to the Rochas Foundation College of Africa during which she would interact with five Liberian children who are part of the pioneer students of the school.

The five children were part of the 275 children drawn from 55 countries in Africa and who have since resumed as pioneer students of the college in a bold move targeted at rescuing one million children off the streets by 2030.

Johnson-Sirleaf would also be conferred with the 2017 Imo Merit Award for her role in curbing the Ebola plague as well as attending to the needs and plight of millions of Liberian children.

Zuma’s 30-feet statue was said to have been made with a whopping N520 million and led to criticism as the Governor was accused of spending huge money on meaningless projects in a state that had not been able to pay workers and pensioners as and when due.

The critics also cited various corruption cases linked to Zuma and the recurring killing of Nigerians in the former apartheid enclave, arguing that giving such honour to Zuma was wrong.


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