* Want repeal of Okorocha laws against
By Sabi Onyenwe, Owerri
Some traditional rulers in Imo State have hinted on what the new state governor can do to win their support to rebuild the state. They want the monarchs Rochas Okorocha ruined to be recalled and the laws he made against traditional rulers to be repealed.
In his efforts to rebuild Imo State, the Governor, Emeka Ihedioha says the task is enormous and as a result he is soliciting for the continuous support of the traditional institution in the state.
This is as he has informed them of his plans to start holding town meetings at local and state government levels. This he says would also help to bring the state out of the burden of infrastructural decay and bad governance.
The Governor said this when he received in audience a group called the Concerned Traditional Rulers Forum of Imo State on a courtesy call at the Government House, Owerri, weekend.
He commended them for their support and cooperation since he assumed office as governor and brought to to thier knowledge the current state of infrastructure in the state which he described as the poorest in the country, telling them that it needed all hands on deck to bring the state back to life. “We have a burden of infrastructural decay and we can’t achieve the desired rebuilding of our state without correcting the faulty foundations of our infrastructure. The way the state was run, if it has continued, we may not have been able to sustain ourselves as a state”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Governor has also informed them of his readiness to commence the process of holding town hall meetings at both local government and the state levels.
He had also agreed to consult relevant authorities on the governance of state on some important public issues as the traditional rulers requested and reassured them of the commitment of his administration towards entrenching due process and rule of law.
Earlier, leader of the group, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya had congratulated Governor Ihedioha on his victory at the polls, this is as he also commended his focus and the actions he has taken as governor in administrating the state.
“Your Excellency, you have been chosen at a time like this, when the people of Imo State who have been bruised with gross maladministration by the past administration, needed a savior whose duties will not only be to clean the rubbles into which the state has been plunged for so long a time but to chart a proper direction to attain the development of the state. We wish to express satisfaction with the people-oriented policies and actions of your administration”, Eze Ilomuanya said.
He pointed that his members are the traditional rulers that were suspended by the past administration for receiving President Jonathan when he visited the state in 2015, a matter they challenged and won in the court.
Contributing, the secretary of the forum, Eze Ama Durueburoe highlighted a litany of their prayers, which include; recall of Eze Ilomuanya as Obi of Obinugwu and Chairman of Imo State Council of Ndi Eze along with the unlawfully dissolved Council, in line with the decisions of the courts; recall the three traditional rulers earlier dethroned by the past administration and who got judgment at the court for their recall; repeal Imo State of Nigeria Traditional Rulers, Autonomous Communities and Other Matters, Law No.15 of 2016, which, according him, was made for the purpose of favouring a few individuals and without any contribution from traditional rulers. And return Imo State of Nigeria Traditional Rulers and Autonomous Communities Law,(2006), among others.
The traditional rulers expressed their readiness to contribute selflessly to the rebuilding process and called on the people of the state to continue to support the efforts of the government towards the transformation of the state.