OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR,
AGRICULTURE WILL DRIVE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION OF IMO STATE…..
The Deputy Gorvernor of Imo State, Prof Placid Njoku has disclosed plans of the prosperity government led by Senator Hope Uzodinma to make agriculture the driving force of its intended industrial revolution.
The Deputy Governor made this disclosure while fielding questions from Newsmen, after he led the committee on agriculture development to inspect agricultural facilities in some parts of the state.
He said the tour was to give the committee set up by the governor and headed by him a first hand information on agricultural facilities in the state so as to know the best way to build on the foundation already on ground, positing that there will be no need to start afresh when the state has been in existence since 1976 and have wonderful foundation for growth laid by some progressives minded government of the long past.
Prof Njoku frowned seriously at the encroachment of government land especially in Nekede where by individuals connived with some dubious past government officials to take over government land and built personal properties on them and made it clear that the law on ownership of land and illegal occupation will take its place in the matter.
“Government is a continum, so we will continue to adopt those foundational things that have been done for our state. We believe we can bring agriculture back to feed people of the state, as well as be used to drive industrial development of the state”.
“I don’t think the government that held sway in the state in recent past cared much about agriculture, starting from the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) to the Songhai farms that is supposed to be a beautiful agricultural facility for the state”.
“Everything is totally run down and worse still the land is very badly encroached on by citizens of the community whose forefathers freely donated the land to government and compensations were paid to them”.
Adding his voice, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Lambert Orisakwe said the governor made approval for the over 200, 000 Costa Rica palm seedlings to be transferred from pre nursery to nursery and then to the main plantation.
Also fielding questions from newsmen, the Commissioner for Entrepreneurship, Noble Atulegwu said he is in the committee to identify entrepreneurial opportunities for youths in the agricultural sector.
The deputy governor and the committee were conducted round facilities in ADP, Songhai and Small Holders Oil Palm Management Unit (SMU), managements of the areas where he found largely dilapidated agricultural facilities
Other members of the committee include; Commissioner for Livestock Development, Lady Obiageri Ajoku and Special Adviser to the Governor Strategy and Development.
Ozioma Teddy Ukwuoma
SSA ( Media & Communication)
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Ministry of Transport, Imo State, has observed with dismay the ongoing erection of illegal structures along the duly mapped out and designated Federal railway route from the Port Harcourt road axis of Owerri in violation of the Owerri Master Plan.
The Ministry of Transport, Imo State wishes to warn that those building along the Federal railway route, designated and mapped out under the Owerri Master Plan for the aforementioned purpose are doing so at their own risk as the Shared Prosperity Government of Senator Hope Uzodinma is presently taking every necessary step to link Imo to other parts of the Country via railway lines that are being constructed across the Country by President Mohammadu Buhari led Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Ministry of Transport, Imo State therefore enjoins all involving in this illegal act as well as those engaging in any form of land grabbing and encroachment to keep off as government at no time reallocated the said land originally designated and mapped out as railway route.
This warning also goes to the corrupt officials at the Ministry of Lands that issue fake and unauthorised land allocation papers to desperate but unsuspecting members of the public as the long arms of the law will soon catch up with them.
Chief(Barr) Rex C. Anunobi
Hon. Commissioner for Transport, Imo State.
IMO STATE GOVERNMENT SECURES POST COVID-19 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GRANT SCHEME
3,500 IMOLITES FROM THE 27 LGA SET TO BENEFIT.
His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, flags-off the economic stimulus package programme of the Imo State Government for 3,500 beneficiaries drawn from the 27 Local Government Areas of the State, at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre.
This is in pursuit of the Governor’s promise to deliver good governance, anchored in the 3R-Agenda of the Government of Shared Prosperity.
The 5 – Day – Capacity Building Programme Workshop/training, is being organized by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and NIRSAL, in collaboration with the Imo State Government, for business support and Recovery Grant Scheme, designed for Cottage Industries and Cooperatives.
The training/workshop, flagged off today will be organized simultaneously in the 3 Senatorial Zones, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
THE DESTINATION IS A SMART CIVIL SERVICE
By Mazi Ejimofor Opara
In couching the Rehabilitation component of the 3R mantra, Governor Hope Uzodimma envisioned a Civil Service where things are done differently. This explains his new obsession with dismantling atrophied systems deployed to inhibit collective progress to the benefit of a few pseudo professionals.
The first point in this journey towards rehabilitating and entrenching a SMART Imo State Civil Service is the automation of all financial processes including emoluments, salaries and pensions of workers. As old nefarious systems are wont to, the gatekeepers of the old order are working assiduously to scuttle progress and discredit effort. Fortunately, Governor Hope Uzodimma is not new to the dialectics of socioeconomic reforms, and is not bereft of the courage to lead his convictions.
Imo, as literate as the statistics show us, cannot be left at the crude base of bureaucratic evolution. To this end, it would be surprising to see people argue against a system that seeks to enhance efficiency in public service delivery. The State Civil service is benchmarking against global best practice. Imo is gearing up to the realities of the 4th industrial revolution whilst preparing for an imminent 5th industrial revolution. It is either we innovate or perish in obscurity.
A Smart Civil Service is not only result oriented, but data driven too. Data, as it were, has assumed a fluid form to improve accessibility for effective inter-ministerial, inter-agency exchanges. New skill sets have also emerged for effective book keeping and data management.
The ultimate goal is to establish a Civil service that is propitious, accountable and tech driven. A civil service that will incubate and deliver the *#ImoStateOfSharedProsperity* to all and sundry. This is the “Smart Civil Service”. And the Ideal Bureaucrat is one who works to ensure the realization of this new, but functional system.
We hope our existing workforce does not dwell too long on the withdrawal symptoms of the old system. As it were, Imo is currently playing catch-up behind many States that have long undertaken this journey towards a SMART Civil Service.
Remember, Shared prosperity calls for shared responsibility.
Zinox boss commends Imo Gov, urges other state Govs to copy Right of Way fees reduction
Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan-Ekeh
Serial digital entrepreneur and Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh has hailed Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, for crashing the Right of Way (RoW) charges in the state by over 96 per cent.
The governor had recently signed an Executive Order No. 002, 2020 which slashed the current charges from N4500 to N145 per linear meter as stipulated by a Federal Government policy.
Ekeh believes the development is a step in the right direction for the government and people of Imo state.
‘‘I sincerely think this is the best palliative citizens of Imo state and corporate organizations doing businesses in Imo state have received this season. We intend to roll out multi-million-dollars optic fibre infrastructure across Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia States based on our signed partnership with the Federal Government on INFRACO project. This will significantly alter the destiny of people living in these states and connect them to the global community in no distant time.’’
Further, the Zinox Chairman affirmed that the move by the Imo State governor will go a long way in accelerating the pace of technological and overall human capital development in the state.
‘‘I commend the Imo State Governor, His Excellency Gov Hope Uzodinma, for the uncommon courage, political will and leadership he has shown by being the first governor in the South East to reduce the Right of Way charges. This decision alone has the potential of encouraging more corporate organizations and strategic investors to make critical investments in the state. In addition, it is bound to usher in all-round development, especially by helping citizens of Imo State take their rightful places in the contemporary economy as global citizens while enhancing their businesses and lifestyle.
‘‘With this development, the average Imo citizen will, in no time, have increased access to the internet and the limitless opportunities therein. This will equally stimulate many other sectors of the economy including e-learning, e-Health, e-Commerce, among others and put the state at par with civilized states in other climes. I congratulate the governor for this laudable step.’’
The serial digital entrepreneur, who urged other governors in the South East to borrow a leaf from the example of Uzodinma, added that people of the South East face an uncertain future if governors do not make critical decisions or investments that would better their lot.
‘‘Other governors in the South East can borrow a leaf from the example set by the Imo State governor. It is a very important development that would go a long way in positively altering the development narrative. Actually, the South East is in dire need of these kind of specific interventions due to the peculiar challenged faced by states in the region.
‘‘In fact, the South East region is blessed with a growing army of literate/educated, smart, very ambitious and talented youth, many of who are unemployed due to the near-absence or paucity of industries and other employment opportunities. This, coupled with the current harsh economic climate, may worsen the fate of these young people and push them over the edge, leading to more social problems. The South East, more than any other region in Nigeria today, faces the risk of an uncertain future if we – the governors, leaders and other stakeholders – do not do the right things to improve their circumstances,’’ he stated.
Equally important, Right of Way is the levy paid to state governments for the laying of optic fibre by telecoms operators. Indeed, the issue of Right of Way charges has been a thorny issue between players in the ICT sector including the Zinox Group and state governments over the years.
Uzodinma, who communicated his decision to slash the Right of Way charges in a statement, explained that the reduction was a manifestation of the state government’s determination to spur telecommunication and other companies to further invest in broadband infrastructure and trigger ancillary on-line services, especially in the field of education.
HERDSMEN INVASION: GOV. UZODIMMA ANSWERS ARCHBISHOP OBINNA’S QUESTIONS.
By Lancelot Obiaku
Recently, the vocal Archbishop of the Owerri Catholic Ecclesiastical Province, the Most Rev. (Dr.) Anthony Obinna, expressed concerns over alleged invasion of communities in the Southeast by Fulani Herdsmen. The cleric had in an open letter to the Governor of Imo State, His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodinma, called on him and other Southeast leaders not to blink an eyelid over the security of lives and property in the region.
In his open letter, Archbishop Obinna admitted that he had spoken privately with Gov. Uzodinma but seemed not satisfied with the private discussion with the Governor. He chose to go public with the matter, notwithstanding his earlier meeting with the Governor. He said: “Not satisfied with defeating us in an uneven war, there is this threat to wipe out the Igbos and take over our God-given homes and lands. I hereby publicly charge him to recognise that it is his primary duty as the Chief Security Officer of the state to protect the lives of Imo people, their homes and their lands. Your Excellency, your voice should be loud and clear on this life and death issue”.
The Archbishop extended his call for the protection of lives and property in the Southeast to other governors and leaders in the region. “I equally charge other Igbo governors and all Igbo leaders at various levels to protect our people, our homes and our lands. I urge all our people to rise up in prayer to God, in vigilance and legitimate self-defence. The right to life, to our homes and our lands is God-given,” he stated.
Though the Archbishop’s outburst on the alleged increasing presence of Fulani Herdsmen in the Southeast remains unconfirmed, the threat posed by an invasion of the Southeast by any group cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand. Recent experience shows that cattle rearing Fulanis have been associated with violent and lethal clashes with farmers in their host communities. Such fights had often resulted from the herdsmen irrationally gracing cattle on farmlands, leading to the destruction of crops and its attendant economic losses. Situations like this had contributed a great deal to insecurity in communities in Northern Nigeria in particular, and other parts of the country.
However, we may not have reason to lose sleep over the alleged invasion of the state by Fulani herders as Gov. Uzodinma has taken proactive measures to secure lives and property in Imo State. Over a week ago, the Governor allayed the fear over the rumoured herdsman invasion of Imo forests when he said that “the rumours going around that there are suspected Fulani herdsmen in various forests in our state who are ready to unleash terror on our people are all false. Imolites are urged to disregard it. We are urged to go about our normal businesses as the Government remains committed to the business of protecting the lives and properties of the citizenry.”
Not resting on his oars or taking things for granted, the Governor demonstrated that he is not leaving anything to chance. On Friday, June 5, 2020, the Governor announced plans by his administration to establish community policing in the state. “Our Administration is working on a law to establish community policing to enable the Government and communities collaborate more on security issues,” the Governor said. He added that “The bill will collapse some of the existing security outfits while harmonizing the viable ones to ensure a more holistic approach to tackling security issues in the State. This initiative will enhance intelligence gathering by the state.”
We believe that the Governor was correct when he explained that the establishment of community policing in the state would, among other things, enhance intelligence gathering in various communities, and make efficient collaboration of the communities with the government on security issues possible.
The Southwest had recently established the legal framework for the establishment their own brand of community policing called Amotekun. We have seen the Amotekun launched in Osun and other states in the region. This proactive move in response to the mounting security threats in the area was warmly welcomed by the citizens of the affected states. And rightly so.
Consequently, we think that if properly set up, funded and managed, the proposed community policing in Imo State would boost security in the state. The idea could not have been birthed at a better time than now, considering the heightened tension over insecurity in Nigeria and Southeast in particular.
Given that individuals that would be saddled with policing Imo communities under the new security architecture are citizens of the state, the onus on them is greater, as they are not expected to compromise on the security of the communities in the state. Marching words with action, as in this instant case by the Governor, is a perfect and prompt response to the concerns raised over the safety of lives and property in the state, especially those expressed by the revered Archbishop Obinna.