GOVERNMENT HOUSE OWERRI OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR IMO STATE

GOVERNMENT HOUSE OWERRI OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR IMO STATE

GOVERNMENT HOUSE OWERRI
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR
IMO STATE

PRESS RELEASE

The State government says it would take urgent steps to restore peace to the disputed boundary between Agboma Ope Okigwe Community in Imo State and Ugwuogu Uturu, Isikwuato Community of Abia State.

The Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, in a consultation meeting held with a delegation of Agboma Ope, Okigwe Community in his conference room, said the State Boundary Commission has the responsibility of ensuring that the state’s boundaries were not infringed upon by providing legal processes to ensuring safety and peace on the state’s borders.

Prof. Njoku who is also the Chairman, State boundary commission, stressed on the need to restore peace to both communities, while commending leaders of Agboma Ope, Okigwe Community for not taking laws into their hands and assured them that all must be done to ensure that peace returns in the affected communities.

He promised to reach out to his counterpart, the Deputy Governor of Abia State to explore avenues that would lead to the settlement of the matter.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. C.O.C. Akaolisa commended the community for bringing the matter to government’s attention, thereby preventing clashes that would have occurred from the ongoing sand excavation by the other community in the disputed land, and assured that the State Boundary Commission would do the needful to resolving the matter.

The Surveyor General of the State, Mr. C.A.P Anele acknowledged the fact that both communities have different judgements in their favour from different courts over the disputed land and sued for peace while the matter was been resolved.

The Interim Management Committee Chairman of Okigwe Local Government Area, Lady Nkechi Mbonu said people of the community are desirous of peace and thanked government for giving the matter the attention it deserved.

Also Speaking, the Traditional Ruler of the community, Eze Bob Ezuma traced the history behind the donation of part of the community’s land to the then Imo State University, Okigwe, now Abia State University, Uturu and urged government to settle the matter urgently to avoid loss of life in view of the continuous excavation of sand by the other community.

The President General of the community, Chief Jude Onwuchekwa said a visit to the disputed land would give an insight to the situation on ground, stressing that they have been pleading with their youths to remain law abiding in the face of provocation.

The petitioner and a Stakeholder in the community, Barr. David Ikoro said the establishment of the boundary on the disputed land would go a long way to restoring peace to both communities.

Ozioma Teddy Ukwuoma
SSA ( Media and Communication)
To the Deputy Governor, Imo state.

REMARKS BY IMO STATE GOVERNOR, SEN  HOPE UZODINMA, AT HIS ASSENT TO TWO BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

REMARKS BY IMO STATE GOVERNOR, SEN HOPE UZODINMA, AT HIS ASSENT TO TWO BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

REMARKS BY IMO STATE GOVERNOR, SEN. HOPE UZODIMMA, AT HIS ASSENT TO TWO BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE OWERRI ON FRIDAY MAY 22, 2020

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I am quite glad to give my assent to these two important bills that were passed by the house of Assembly. By this ceremony of my assent the bills are now part of the laws of Imo state to the glory of God.

This ceremony presents an auspicious opportunity to throw more light on why the Executive sponsored the two bills.

As a young state grappling with enormous challenges, it dawned on me that the Imo state Governors and Speakers Pensions and Privileges law No 5 of 2007 was a bad omen. At the age our Governors and Speakers are leaving office, it will not be out of place to assume that many of them will be alive and kicking in the next 15 years or more. This will mean that by then the state will have more than 20 Governors and Speakers qualified for Pensions and Privileges.

I was alarmed that the financial implications for the state will not only be scandalous but indefensible. My simple calculation told me that there could come a time when the state could be spending more than one third of its resources to maintain former Governors and Speakers.

This was unacceptable to me, particularly for a state that has not been able to pay the gratuities of many retired public servants.

It is more so because the same Governors and Speakers also recieved severance allowances, amounting to several millions of Naira, when they disengage from office.

Severance allowances are targeted at cushioning post public office financial challenges for non pensionable positions such as Governor and Speaker. How then can the same category of former public office holders turn around to receive Pensions?

Even more importantly the Pensions Act is very clear that only those who have served in the public service for a minimum of 10 years are personable. Paying governors, Speakers and their deputies who spend a maximum of 8 years or less in office is actually criminal because it is against the law of the land.

Besides we have cases where retired civil servants already earning pensions contest for public office and end up earning double pension as former governors or deputies and as a retired civil servant. In every sense therefore the law in question is condemnable.

It is note worthy that I am supposed to benefit from this law when I leave office as Governor. Yet I called for its repeal. This should leave no one in doubt that I am acting in the best interest of our state and our people. I believe that those of us who have had the privilege of occupying exalted positions must be human enough to resist the temptation of feeding fat on the lean resources of the state at the expense of the people. We must know when to say enough is enough.

So let no one make any mistake about it. The Governors and Speakers Pensions and Privileges law was a bad law that needed to be repealed. It was anti people. It was in bad faith. It was fraudulent.

I could not condone such a law. History and my conscience will not forgive me if i did. I had no choice therfore but to ask for its repeal as part of my government’s recovery agenda. Yes, I needed to recover the billions of public funds that would have been lavished on a privileged few and plough it back to the more important business of developing our state.

I am glad that the House of Assembly members saw reason with me and today this offensive law has been repealed.

The bill to amend the university of Agriculture and Environmental Studies law number 4 of 2019 is a straightforward bill. It merely sort to stick to the original registration particulars of the law on which the National Universities Commission’s approval (NUC) was based, which had no room for a multi campus arrangement. The law, as now amended, only seeks to set the records straight and to build the new university on existing structures at Umoagwo, while we relocate the Imo state polytechnic to another deserving site.

Thank you all for your attention

Sen Hope Uzodimma
Governor
Friday may 22 , 2020

Fighting Corruption is Dangerous By Obi Chukwuemeka

Fighting Corruption is Dangerous By Obi Chukwuemeka

*Fighting Corruption is Dangerous*

……Obi chukwuemeka

In Nigeria, bureaucracy enables corruption and any attempt to remove the layers of bureaucracy supporting corruption becomes dangerous. Those who have tried to become reformers in Nigeria end up having their names soiled and reputation destroyed.

There’s this unholy alliance between the endemic corrupt system and the media. Mercantile journalism survive on the patronage of corrupt system. This is why, once a reformer begins to initiate reforms to improve transparency and accountability, articles appear from shady Journalists and entrepreneurial activists, utilizing subterfuge to keep the old system active. We are now wiser; we know the voice of Esau and the hand of Jacob. The idea is to harangue the reformer till he foregoes reforming the system and bow to them.

When HE, Hope Uzodinma was sworn in, understanding that a corrupt system will not permit productivity, he sought to clean it. Cleaning the civil service of ghost workers and leaches who suck the Imo treasury sick. For instance, there are 56,000 civil servants in Imo state (both state and LGA) astonishingly only 17, 000 of them are captured in Pay as you Earn(PAYE) an income tax which is mandatory and deducted from source. In reality, all the 56,000 workers ought to reflect on the PAYE. Also, for the past 10 years the nominal roll of pensioners stood at 30,000 – meaning no one has died and no new retiree has come into the system in 10 years. Clearly, these numbers are front loaded by crooks, who are feeding fat on the general pot of the Imo people.

HE, Hope Uzodinma, for the interest of Ndi Imo, for the sake of our children will have none of this. As a reformer, he is insisting this old system must crumble so that Imo can be free. He has Insisted that every workers’ salary account number be linked to their BVN. The policy is; no BVN, no pay. With the sole intention of ensuring that no ghost is paid in Imo state. Rather than submit their BVN, the old system is manipulating workers, stopping them from submitting their BVN in a bid to make the situation chaotic and utilize public outcry to force the Governor to soft pedal.

They have bought the press and are inserting frivolous stories into every media organization to disparage the Governor. They have gone to the West and have recruited notorious entrepreneurial activists at huge cost. They have bought all rogue newspapers to throw invectives at His Excellency. No way! The HE, Hope Uzodimma will not succumb. This fight, for the collective interest of the Imo people must succeed.

The sanitization of the Imo civil service must hold and workers who are exercising patience at this trying period will be the biggest beneficiaries. Funds saved from this exercise will be channeled to revamping the decaying infrastructure in the state and improving worker’s welfare.

Hold on, the fruit will be on your table soon

Nb: Title was taken from a book authored by Ngozi Okonji Iweala

SUBMIT YOUR BVN NOW TILL 18TH MAY 2020 OR THEIR HEADS RISK LOSING THEIR JOBS

SUBMIT YOUR BVN NOW TILL 18TH MAY 2020 OR THEIR HEADS RISK LOSING THEIR JOBS

SUBMIT YOUR BVN NOW TILL 18TH MAY 2020 OR THEIR HEADS RISK LOSING THEIR JOBS

Imo State Government led by Governor Hope Uzodimma has given Ministries, Agencies and parastatals yet another time to comply with the directives to submit their BVN as a requirement to be paid salaries up till Monday, May 18, 2020, to comply with Government directives or their Heads risk losing their jobs.

This formed part of decisions taken at the end of the state executive Council meeting.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy Honourable Declan Emelumba who brief Journalist after the meeting said there is no going back on the plan to pay salary of workers in the state electronically.

The Commissioner reiterated that agencies and parastatals that are yet to receive their salaries are to blame for non-compliance to government guidelines to this effect.

Emelumba said despite Governor Uzodimma’s directive a few weeks ago, some parastatals and agencies have refused to comply with Government directive regarding submission of their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).

Emelumba noted that the stance against government guidelines as regards electronic payment more than meets the eyes, adding that no responsible government would remain docile to plot to truncate government efforts on accountability and transparency.

Other issues addressed at the Exco meeting according to the Commissioner include: improving Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base of the state, prosecution of any person or group of persons encroaching on government property and the banning of all forms of consultancy services for the state

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