By: Chidi Nkwopara
Imo State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has warned that his administration would not hesitate to dismiss, as well as prosecute any appointee of government found to be engaging in corrupt practices.
Ohakim read the riot act at the Multi Purpose Hall, Government House, Owerri, while swearing-in the 36 coordinators of the local government development areas of the state, including the State Correspondent of THE COMPASS newspaper, Mr. Gerry Ogu.
â€œMy administration has zero tolerance for corruption. I will not hesitate to remove and prosecute any of you found to be engaging in corrupt practices. I will not condone corruption in whatever form or shapeâ€, Ohakim said.
He reminded the coordinators that effective performance of the countryâ€™s third tier of government would help to create the needed impact to drive governance at the grassroots.
â€œThe coordinators should synergies efforts with the local governments, as well as other stakeholders at that tier of administration towards securing the people and increasing the pace of governance, especially in seeking the prompt payment of taxesâ€, the Governor directed.
While recalling with grief that some of the past coordinators were unable to establish operational base for their activities, Ohakim also condemned what he called â€œthe penchant for coordinators to see themselves as mini gods.
He directed public officers in charge of the local council areas, including divisional police officers, transition committee chairmen, magistrates, development area coordinators and others, must be domiciled in their areas of jurisdiction.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, the Coordinator of Mbama Development Area, Nze Law Dike, pledged that they would work to achieve the objectives for the creation of the centres.