Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has emerged winner of the governorship election in Imo state to unseat incumbent Ikedi Ohakim of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the governorship poll in Imo State and described it as “free, fair and credible”, saying that the party will deliver on its electoral pledges.
ROCHAS OKOROCHA’S PROFILE
Name: Rochas Okorocha
Date of Birth: 22-09-1962
Primary: St. Joseph Primary School, Barkin Ladi, Jos (1970-1976)
Secondary: Juladaco High School, Jos (1976-1981)
Tertiary: University of Jos (1990-1991), University of Jos (1993-1994) University of Jos (1999-2004)
The greatness of a people is not dependent on the amount of natural resource available but directly dependent on the efficient and effective harnessing and management of the available human and material resources coupled with the vision and character of the leadership. This I pledge to accomplish as a covenant with the people of Imo. Together we can make it work.
President, Nigeria Red Cross Society * President/Founder, Rochas Foundation Inc * President, Rochas Group of Companies Limited * Pro Chancellor, African Business School * Former Federal Commissioner, Federal Character Commission * Former Member, National Constitutional Conference * Former Chairman, Board of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency * Former Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Relations * Former Presidential Aspirant, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
The Rochas Foundation is a non governmental, non denominational, non discriminatory organisation set up by its founder Owelle Rochas Okorocha to help the poorest of the poor in today’s society.The Rochas Foundation was first conceived as a community initiative in 1994 under the name of the Reach Out and Touch Programme, providing financial and medical assistance to the community. It also offers comfort to members of society who are in need of extra care or at risk of social exclusion, for example widows, people affected by HIV/AIDS, the homeless and orphaned children.
In 2001 the founder, Owelle Rochas Okorocha turned his attentions to the plight of the uneducated children throughout Africa, who are unable to attend secondary school due to the lack of money or sponsorship.
The first Rochas Foundation College opened in 2001 in Owerri, providing free, comprehensive education to just over 200 pupils. Since then Owelle Rochas Okorocha has funded a further four schools from his own personal fortune in the states of Jos, Kano, Ogboko and Ibadan.
The Rochas Foundation is today best known for its work within the education sector and approximately 5,000 children are believed to have been educated or are currently being educated in The Rochas Foundation. This number grows every year in-line with the increased demand for education and the excellent reputation of the Rochas Foundation.
Owelle Rochas Okorocha not only funds the pupil’s educations but every requirement alongside including text books, transport, uniforms, medicines and accommodation.
Future plans for the Rochas Foundation include the building of a university in Ogboko, the construction of which is now underway and a Summer retreat also in Ogboko which would allow the Rochas Foundation students, many of whom are orphans, to spend school breaks with Owelle Rochas Okorocha who is affectionately and respectfully known as their ‘Daddy’.
Owelle Rochas Okorocha made his substantial fortune through real estate business endeavours in the 1990’s. He is now believed to be one of the richest men in Nigeria with a personal fortune estimated at $500 million.
Owelle Rochas Okorocha is politically active and incredibly popular. His empathy is always with the common man who he champions through his politics. Owelle Rochas Okorocha is also President of The Red Cross for Nigeria, a position he has held since 2008.