- Governor Hope Uzodimma has taken a bold step in reversing a decision that was taken by his predecessor
- The governor stated that the monarchs are major stakeholders in the southeast state and should be treated with respect
- Governor Uzodimma also promised that his administration would be prompt in providing support and appropriate resources for the monarchs
Owerri - Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has reinstated 15 traditional rulers sacked by the previous administration of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, a statement sent to Legit.ng by Amaka Okafor, media aide to the governor revealed.
The governor announced the decision when he met with the Imo state traditional rulers executive council on Thursday, April 7.
Governor Uzodimma in his address said that no government has any right to sack any traditional ruler appointed or elected by his own people.
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“The duty of the government is to approve traditional leaderships appointed by the people and has no power to disapprove or sack legitimate traditional rulers.”
The governor who frowned at the injustice apologized to the Ezes and their unduly denied communities on behalf of the previous administration.
He further disclosed that investigations were made and no evidence of litigation or criminality against the Ezes were found.
He also promised to reinstate them into the payroll of the government, adding that a worker deserves his pay.
“We are not going to be a party to anything that will stop you from being paid.”
Writing on his Facebook page after meeting the monarchs, Governor Uzodimma stated:
“In line with sustaining our efforts at securing lives and properties across Imo state, I inaugurated the Imo state traditional rulers executive council today at Government House.
“The council is led by His Royal Highness, Eze Dr. E. C. Okeke, the Ezeudo II of Amaifeke.
“The achievements we recorded in maintaining law and order during the #EndSARS protests, especially as championed by the traditional rulers who helped greatly to contain the protest from escalating, remains unique and laudable.
“The strategies deployed by them to achieve the feat remains appropriate at this time in tackling the sponsored pockets of unrest aimed at derailing governance in our dear State.
“In the discharge of their leadership obligations, my administration would be prompt in providing support and appropriate resources for the effective security of their various communities.
“It is therefore, my belief that the trust reposed in them by their constituents would be upheld at all times.”
Hope Uzodimma inaugurates Imo state traditional rulers executive council
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor Uzodimma on Thursday, April 7 inaugurated the state's traditional rulers executive council.
Governor Uzodimma at the inauguration of the 31 member council, charged them to work as representatives of the government to sustain peace and tranquillity within their respective communities.
Governor Uzodimma, while inaugurating the council, assured its members of the support of the Imo state government in providing the necessary resources to enable them to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.
We’ve restored democracy in Imo, says Governor Hope Uzodimma
Recall that Governor Uzodimma recently declared that his government has succeeded in restoring democracy in Imo state.
The governor made the declaration during the 6th stakeholders meeting involving leaders drawn from across the state which was monitored by Legit.ng online.
According to the governor, his government was founded on the democratic principles of open, transparent, accountable, and inclusive governance.