By Lancelot Obiaku
Imo State governor, Rt Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has explained the reason behind the various committees set up by his administration in the state.
The governor who spoke at the first enlarged stakeholders meeting called at his instance on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Ahiajoku Convention Center in Owerri, the state capital, said the reason was to address “foundational issues”.
He also said that the committees were inaugurated to enable his government address immediate concerns, obtain relevant information and facts as well as provide a guide for executive, judicial or legislative action, where and when necessary.
His words: “My dear Ndi Imo, our mission is to rebuild our state, and it is a mission that demands action from us. However, as a rule-based government, we have opted to be deliberate rather than arbitrary.”
“Some may say that too many Committees are being set up. Yes. Before we move forward in rebuilding Imo, we must address these foundational issues.
“These Committees are necessary to obtain raw data and facts of where we are coming from, where we are, in order to transit with certainty to the future. These issues have necessitated the setting up of the Task Teams whose membership have been painstakingly sourced.”
Gov. Ihedioha who is barely 50 days in office appealed for the understanding and patience of citizens of the state as his administration takes steps to ‘rebuild’ the state.
“Yes, we have inherited monumental rot from the immediate past administration, but the reason why we convened this meeting is not to bemoan the unfortunate situation but tell you steps that we have taken in the last few weeks to re-route the State to the part of progress. We shall indeed, overcome.
“In the next four years, my dear Ndi Imo, our mission will be to rebuild our beloved state and reposition it as a first class, first rate State for investment, a social, political and economic powerhouse, an oasis of peace, security and development.
“It is a mission that requires the support, sympathy and cooperation of every citizen of our great State. It will also require the patience, patriotism and prayers of all of us. Imo can and will indeed be great again through our collective and individual efforts”, he noted.
The committee inaugurated include: Financial Advisory Committee, Committee to review the last-minute recruitment and promotions in the Imo State public service; Interim Management Committee for Adapalm.
Others are, committee on Imo Transport Company (ITC), Market Development, Traffic Decongestion and Illegal Parks, among others.