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Imo gov to settle tussles over traditional stools

Owerri— Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, yesterday, reiterated his administration’s determination to resolve all traditional stool tussles for the smooth take-off of the Community Government Council, CGC, initiative in the state.

Okorocha made the declaration in Owerri, while settling some of the cases brought before him by the Ministry of Community Government Council.

He said that the CGC had not gained the needed grounds because some communities do not have traditional rulers.
Okorocha described disputes in the affected communities as a setback to the fourth tier of government, adding that his involvement was to ensure that justice prevailed in the selection of the traditional rulers.

The governor regretted that stool tussles in some communities had caused some persons to sell their land and property.

He stressed that his administration would put an end to such practices.

The governor said: “The traditional stool should not be by election, but by divine mandate.”
Okorocha urged those who emerged as traditional rulers to carry everybody in their communities along, for the sustenance of peace.

Communities whose cases were settled included Umualumaku Umuihim in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area; the Awara Community and the Asa Community, both in the Ohaji/Egbema local government.

Others were the Ozuzu Community in Ngor Okpala local government and Agbala Community in Owerri North local government.

Responding, traditional ruler-elect of the Awara Community, Chief Nwakolam Ezenwoke, thanked the governor for resolving the tussles and promised to carry others along, to bring development to the community.


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