The Imo State government has bowed to pressure following the backlash that greeted a sign post indicating the popular Assumpta Avenue was being renamed after Pres.Muhammadu Buhari. A statement was issued on Wednesday regretting all inconveniences by the error of wrongly installing the street sign.
A statement from the Commissioner for Information, Prof.Nnameka Obiareri read:
This is to inform the public and particularly the highly respected body of Roman Catholic Faithfuls in Imo State and beyond that OKPORO UZO ASSUMPTA or ASSUMPTA AVENUE Owerri stays.
At all material times, it was never the intention of the Imo State Government to rename the said strategic road which spans from ASSUMPTA CATHEDRAL (beginning from the HOLY FAMILY statue built by the Rescue Mission Government) and terminating at Warehouse House Roundabout Owerri.
OKPORO UZO ASSUMPTA or ASSUMPTA ROAD AVENUE is symbolic for both religious and historic reasons in Imo State and these facts are not lost on the Government and people of Imo State.
All inconveniences occasioned by the initial oversight or error of wrongly installing a street sign suggesting a renaming of the street is highly regretted.
Imo Must Be Better.
Prof Obiaraeri N.O.
Honourable Commissioner For Information, Imo State.
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