More Presidents of African countries are visiting Imo State for various reasons, making good the plan of Governor Rochas Okorocha to truly make the state global.
This time, it is the President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who will on November 9 arrive in Owerri, Imo State capital, for a two-day visit.
The Liberian President is principally coming to meet with students of the Rochas Foundation College of Africa and the students from Liberia in particular whose parents died of Ebola. She will also be expected to key into Vision 2030 of Rochas Foundation College.
The Foundation is targeted at taking one million children of Africa out of the streets and empowering them with education.
The Rochas Foundation College of Africa is, aside offering free education to children from the countries of Africa, also aimed at promoting unity among African nations.
On arrival in the city, Sirleaf would be taken to the Palace of Eze Imo to be accorded the African way of receiving an august visitor like her and the Chairman of the state Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Samuel Ohiri, will be expected to decorate her with a chieftaincy title, taking into account that she took over the leadership of Liberia soon after a bloody civil war and she has been able to sustain the peace of that country for ten years now.
The following day, Sirleaf will be at the Rochas Foundation College of Africa where she will meet with the students and also specifically interact with the Liberian students. All these will help to instill confidence in the students and assured them of a great future.
After her outing at the College, the Liberian President will deliver a lecture to Imo women at Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) and the topic will be ‘Women in Politics’ and the lecture is structured to encourage women in the state to develop interest in leadership, especially when it is recalled that Sirleaf is the first female president in Africa.
Finally, she will be appreciated with Imo Merit Award and a road will also be named after her. And with all the feats she has achieved, she will earn a place in the Imo Hall of fame.
President of Ghana, Mr. Nana Ado Akufo, and his South African counterpart, President Jacob Zuma, had earlier visited the state for the same purpose and were also honoured. Many ambassadors of different countries had also come.