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

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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PHOTOS: FEDERAL POLY NEKEDE PARTNERS WITH IMO STATE GOVERNMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

PHOTOS: FEDERAL POLY NEKEDE PARTNERS WITH IMO STATE GOVERNMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

FEDERAL POLY NEKEDE PARTNERS WITH IMO STATE GOVERNMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.

The management of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede,led by the Rector, Rev. (Dr.) Michael Arimanwa on Friday joined the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic in the state through the donation of an automated and semi-automated pedal operational hand washing and sanitizing device as well as fully automated solar-powered hand washing, drying and sanitizing device.

Dr. Arimanwa noted that the two hand washing and sanitizing devices which they donated to the government were produced with about 80% local contents by the institution, from conception, designed to production without external assistance.
He solicited the assistance of the State government in the building of a technological entrepreneurship centre in the institution.

The governor while receiving the devices, charged them to improve further on their technological innovation by producing a ventilator. He promised that Imo state Government will continue to partner with the school, especially in the areas of research, skills acquisition, ICT training and the fight against cultism in the school.

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

BRIEFING FROM IMO STATE EXCO MEETING TODAY DATED 6TH OF MAY 2020

BRIEFING FROM IMO STATE EXCO MEETING TODAY DATED 6TH OF MAY 2020

Rising from the Executive council meeting, Hon commissioner for Information, Hon Declan Emelumba briefed newsmen on some of the decisions of the council.

1. Governor Hope Uzodimma is not indebted to any parastatal or agency that has conformed to government’s directive on payment of salaries. The parastatals that are yet to receive their salaries have refused to submit their BVN and other details as requested by government. He noted that government will pay all parastatals that submits theirs as their money is safe in the banks.

2. Government expressed displeasure over the attitude of ASUU, IMSU chapter who instructed their members not to submit their BVN for the payment of salaries and warned that such an attitude will not be tolerated.

3. Exco also approved the renovation, remodeling and rehabilitation of the old governor’s lodge and re-roofing of 10 blocks of the state secretariats.

4. Exco approved the total closure of the borders into the state even those on essential services. This was necessitated because of flagrant disobedience of government’s directive on the prevention of covid- 19.

5. Government warns that it will impose total lockdown to prevent an outbreak if citizens of the state continue to disobey its directives on COVID-19 pandemic.

6. Government equally expressed satisfaction over the filling and asphalting of all the potholes in the roads across the state capital.

The Hon. commissioner for information disclosed that the road leading to Thomas Moore Catholic Church New Owerri has been completed and ready for commissioning.

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