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Imo Assembly okays councils’ sack

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Imo State House of Assembly, in a surprise move, yesterday, unanimously adopted a motion, urging Governor Ikedi Ohakim to immediately sack the transition committees of the 27 local government areas of the state.

The lawmakers, who suspended their vacation to attend the Assembly’s special sitting, also urged the executive to use its sledge hammer on the Local Government Service Commission, Imo State Independent Electoral Commission and Civil Service Commission.

The House noted that ISIEC has outlived its usefulness, adding that there was the need to inject fresh mind and hands, who will be charged and constitutionally empowered to organise, undertake and supervise all elections at the local council level in the state.

They explained that their action was in their sincere bid to sanitize governance in the state, as well as make government agencies and commissions result oriented.

Adducing reasons for the sacking of the Civil Service Commission, CSC, the chief sponsor, Nze Ray Emeana, said the establishment was bedeviled with indiscipline and had become chaotic as a result of the Commission’s inability to control and regulate its staff.

“Governor Ohakim’s promise to provide 10,000 graduate jobs in the civil service in the first quarter of this year demands that the present chairman and members of CSC be removed and replaced with viable persons,” Emeana said.

On why the transition committees must go, Chief Simeon Iwunze, representing Isiala Mbano, alleged improper conduct, stressing that the operators of the local councils were no longer useful in the system.

“The excesses of the council chairmen prompted the call for the removal of the transition committees, as well as the removal of the chairman and members of the Local Government Service Commission for their inefficiency and inability to control the councils,” Iwunze said.

It was his opinion that there was no need to improve the local councils without addressing the pitfalls in the Local Government Service Commission.


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