Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha has repeatedly appeared in the news over the past couple of months over his statues.
Okorocha created the Heroes Square in the heart of Owerri, filling it with statues of what are most likely prominent Nigerians and Africans.
Two of the statues have already been unveiled – erections for South African president Jacob Zuma and Liberian leader Ellen Sirleaf Johnson – and there are as many as 8 more yet to be unveiled.
Okorocha’s plan is simple – using the statues to draw tourists to the state. Reports that each statue cost N570 million each have drawn expected ire, but that figure has now been denied by the government.
Dr. Ebere Nzeworji, Special Assistant to Okorocha on Electronic Media, clarified the costs in a radio interview.
“It was not true that millions were spent on erecting statue,” he said, adding that each statue cost between N400,000 and N500,000.
While it seems like that figure is an underestimate, the possible long term benefits of Heroes Square may be worth the costs of erecting these statues.