At the release of the 36 ex-convicts who got the prerogative of mercy issued by the Governor.
Imo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. C.O.C. Akaolisa (centre), Comptroller, Owerri Correctional Centre, Mr. Chris Chukwuemeka Okoye (right) with his deputy on the left.
GOV UZODINMA MOVES TO DECONGEST OUR CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CENTRE, INAUGURATES STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PREROGATIVE OF MERCY
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has inaugurated a nine-man State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy with a task to decongest the correctional services in the state.
While inaugurating members of the Committee at the Government House, Owerri, on Friday, the Governor noted that on assumption of office he discovered that there were over 3,000 prison inmates in the State Correctional Service located at Okigwe and Owerri, which he said is outrageous.
He said following the development, the Correctional Service had written to recommend that some of the inmates, especially those that are not facing capital punishment and who have spent years on awaiting trial for minimal crimes be granted pardon to decongest the centres.
Consequent upon this, Governor Uzodimma stated in accordance with the constitution, he can only pardon inmates with the recommendation of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, hence the constitution of the Committee.
While tasking the committee members on honesty, objective reasoning and commitment to duty, Governor Uzodimma charged them to do a thorough job as regards inmates to be pardoned.
The governor noted that it has become exigent to reduce the number of inmates serving sentences, especially now that there is a global emergency of COVID-19 pandemic.
Responding on behalf of members of the Advisory Council, the Chairman and the Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice in the State, Barrister Cyprian Akaolisa, stated that the committee comprises men of proven and tested integrity.
The Attorney General assured that they won’t betray the trust reposed on then by the state government, promising that they will do the job with sincerity of purpose.
Other members of the committee are; the Comptroller of Correctional Service or his representative, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Gideon Nweze, Prince Lemmy Akakem, Rev.Ernest Dike, Barr. Gabriel E. Obizo, Chief Bernard Anyanwu and Solicitor-General of Imo State as Secretary.
Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser (Gov.)
April 17, 2020
GOVERNMENT OF IMO STATE
PRESS RELEASE: Imo State Government Uncovers Ghost Workers, vows to end Rot in Civil, Public Service.
Rising from a crucial meeting with Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodimma expressed dismay and surprise over the level of rot and fraud discovered in the Civil and Public Service sector and vowed to end the abnormally immediately.
Addressing newsmen shortly after a meeting of Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Parastatals in the state, the Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba stated that huge revenue has been lost by the State Government due to double entries in salary payroll, a situation he stressed people used fictitious names and additional Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) to short-change the government.
Emelumba further stated that about 1000 ghost workers have been linked to the scam with some earning salaries and pensions at the same time.
The Commissioner warned that it will no longer be business as usual for Head of Departments, Directors of Accounts and other Heads of Agencies that pay deaf ear to the misdeeds, adding that Governor Uzodimma has charged all Departmental Heads to put their house in order and come up with realistic payroll figures and a new e-payment compliant organogram.
Emelumba further explained that the new organogram would henceforth entail new Identity Card Management system, and that employment history with pay points and pay slips will be provided every month as is the custom in every responsible government system.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Finance, Chuk Chukemeka stated that about one billion naira (N1bn) has been lost as a result of salary to ghost workers in the state. He stressed that the heads of ministries and parastatals must change their dance tone in order to actualize the Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Recovery (‘3R’) mantra of Governor Uzodimma’s administration to reposition the state.
Chukemeka further stated that Governor Uzodimma has charged the revenue points of the state to raise the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base of the government, as that is the only way to realize the lofty goals of the present administration.
He reiterated that the Single Treasury Account (TSA) system must be fully implemented so as to plug all revenue leakages.
Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser (Gov.)
April 17, 2020
2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Interdenominational Church Service ongoing at Victory Chapel, Government House, Owerri.
The Deputy Governor, Hon. (Engr.) Gerald Irona, the Wife of the Governor, Lady Ebere Ihedioha, Heads Of Security Agencies, among other top Goverment officials are all in attendance.
GOVERNMENT PRESS RELEASE
The attention of Imo State Government has been drawn to a plot by some disgruntled/unpopular elements, suspended purported Local Government Council Officers and agents of the immediate past administration to disturb the peace and tranquillity currently being enjoyed by the good people of Imo State.
Security agencies and the good people of Imo State are hereby alerted about the plans of these unscrupulous elements to instigate violence and challenge Government’s authority.
Any individual no matter how highly placed found to be sponsoring this criminal plot will be dealt with. No one is above the Law. These individuals are hereby warned to desist from their nefarious plans as government will otherwise descend the full weight of the law on them. The present Local Government Council Officers remain the legal and Constitutional Officers authorised to administer the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State.
All persons caught trying to disturb the peace of the State in any Local Government, will be promptly arrested and prosecuted as criminals in accordance with the Law. Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders, Community Leaders and Parents are hereby advised to warn their wards not to allow themselves to be used by disgruntled politicians who are not happy about the peace and development currently put in place by the present administration.
Uche Onyeagucha Esq.
Secretary to the Government of Imo State
IMO EMERGES LEAST CORRUPT STATE IN NIGERIA IN NEW SURVEY
Imo State has emerged as the State with the least corrupt public officials in Nigeria, according to the latest report released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
The report titled, ‘The 2nd Corruption Survey Report in Nigeria’, was released at the State House Conference Center in Abuja, on Friday.
The National Bureau of Statistics conducted the survey with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, in addition to other partner international agencies.
The highlights of the survey were presented by the Statistician General of the National Bureau of Statistics, Dr Yemi Kale, and the Country Representative of the UNODC in Nigeria, Mr Oliver Stople.
The first corruption survey report on Nigeria was conducted in the last half of 2018, where Imo State was ranked very high in the corruption index.
The NBS described the 2019 report as ”home grown”, disclosing that data was collected from a total of 33,067 persons in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The survey was developed as a tool to assess the impact of the measures put in place by States in fighting corruption in the period since after the 2019 elections. It also gives Nigerians the opportunity to assess and evaluate the impact of those measures.
The report gave a state-by-state record of the corruption index in Nigeria, with Kogi State leading as the most corrupt state (48%), followed by Gombe at 43%.
Imo is the least corrupt state in Nigeria with 17.6, followed by Jigawa and Plateau states.
The report also suggested that there is a remarkable decrease in the prevalence of corruption in Imo State in the short time span.
In the survey also, Nigerians identified Unemployment, Insecurity and Corruption as the biggest problems of the country.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi.