Obey Court Ruling on LG Bosses, Group Urges Gov Okorocha

The Imo Coalition for Initiative, has called on Imo State Governor Rochas implement immediately the  July 5, 2012  Court of Appeal judgement reversing his  dissolution of the 27  local governments councils in the state.

Dr Fabian Ihekweme, Director-General of the group said in the judgment, Hon Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji, leading two others justices stated pursuant to ‘’Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and section 23(1) of the Local Government Administration Law No. 15 2000 (as amended), the second respondent, (Gov ) had no competence power either by himself through any person acting on his behalf to dissolve democratically elected local government councils in Imo State in which the claimants are chairmen’’

The local government councils were dissolved by Okoroccha  through his maiden broadcast to Imo people on June 6, 2011’’

The court papers showed other justices on the panel includes Hon Justice Mojeed A. Owoade and Hon Justice Haruna Tsammani.

The Court’s judgement with consequential orders ordered  Imo State Government to reinstate the sacked local government chairmen.

Addressing a press conference at the Nigerian Union of Journalists Press Centre, Dr Ihekweme said the group have watched with keen interest, the retrogression of Imo State into lawlessness and executive recklessness.

‘’The deliberate refusal of Gov. to obey the Court of Appeal’s ruling is only a tip of the iceberg in the rule of executive recklessness which the administration of Gov. has imposed on Imo State.

‘’The Okorocha administration operates outside the borders of  due and good governance standards. For instance, in his administration, contracts are awarded indiscriminately for capital projects without job order, no bill of quantity, no costing and no agreement.

‘’Gov. Okorocha awards contracts running into millions of Naira orally, and working within the limitation. This haphazard arrangement has led to job being awarded to two different contractors simultaneously. And this had led to serious financial complications for investors.

“Securitywise, ‘Imo has become the kidnapping capital of the world. Even incidents involving the Kidnapping of  former government , when reported to the governor does not attract the desired reaction. Is it not the duty of government to provide security for its citizens? Why has Gov. Okorocha left Imo people to the mercy of kidnappers?’’

According to Ihekweme, Okorocha does not appear to have any for Imo people, as  he has not enunciated any programme nor has he initiated any programme to improve the living standards of Imo people.

“We urge  Gov. Okorocha to borrow a leaf from the dynamic administration of Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom who has within a short space of transformed Akwa Ibom state and economically empowered his people.

“With this landmark ruling, we also advise him to reinstate all statutory departments and parastatals which he dissolved. These are agencies empowered by law with tenured specifications for its board, like Imo State House of Assembly Commission; Imo State Judicial Commission; Imo State Independent Electoral Commission and other statutory boards dissolved without reason.’’ He affirmed.

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