By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Imo State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has sent the letter of appointment of Hon. Justice Benjamin Njemanze as the Chief Judge of the state to the State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
Confirming the receipt of the governor’s letter on the floor of the House and pursuant to this development, the Speaker, Chief Goodluck Opiah, referred the letter to the House Committee on Judiciary.
Opiah charged the committee to screen the Chief Judge and report the outcome of their screening to the
House on Thursday, November 25, 2010, for the confirmation of the appointment.
Meanwhile, the State House of Assembly has passed a motion authorizing the state government to accept the offer of N1 billion agricultural loan facility under the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, commercial agricultural credit scheme from Access Bank Plc.
The resolution followed a motion sponsored by the member for Isiala Mbano state constituency, Chief Simeon Iwunze, and nine others.
Iwunze noted the efforts of the federal government to ensure that genuine farmers got the loan, adding that the interest on the loan was low.
“The state government has already applied for and received favourable response for the N1 billion loan by the Access Bank Plc.
“I urge the House to authorize its release as the total cost of borrowing the N1 billion loan for a period of 48 months is seven percent,” Iwunze reasoned.
Supporting the motion, the House Majority Leader, Dr. Chukwuemeka Egbuchulam, said the importance of agriculture could not be over emphasized, adding that by the loan, youths could be gainfully employed.
Opposing the motion, the member for Aboh Mbaise, Chief Mike Iheanaetu, called for clarification of the authenticity of the loan.