Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo has urged Imo residents to make more sacrifices to ensure the success and sustenance of the programmes and policies of his administration.
He made the call on Monday in Owerri in his New Year message to the people of the state.
The governor said such sacrifices were necessary to create opportunities for the hopeless and secure brighter future for the state.
He said, "everyone in the state has a role to play to make my administration succeed. "We shall remain focused in our transformation agenda by promoting only programmes and policies that will impact positively on the lives of our people.’’
The governor promised that his administration would complete all on-going projects in the state in 2013.
He thanked residents for supporting his administration during the year, adding that their support enabled him to record many successes within a short period.
"May I once again urge you to shun all forms of vices, including kidnapping, armed robbery and corruption as we enter into the New Year.
"We should also endeavour to continue to pray for sustainable peace and unity in our state and dear country,’’ he said.
The governor said that he had put behind the recent clash between his motorcade and that of Sen. Chris Anyanwu, representing Imo East, in which a driver was injured.
"In the spirit of the New Year celebration, I want to express my forgiveness to Sen. Chris Anyanwu,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the two All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chieftains on Dec. 27 blamed each other for the incident which occurred at Azaraegbelu, near Owerri.