While addressing the 5th Session of the State House of Assembly sitting on its one year anniversary, Governor Rochas Okorocha said that the 4th tier community government introduced to the State was an avenue to unlock agricultural potentials of the rural areas.
In this memo made available to IMO STATE BLOG.com, the governor further disclosed that the present administration in the next one year, would pursue agricultural transformation of the state extensively and also embark on industrialization in the third year. He noted that the state relied heavily on the source of its crops and animals from the northern areas and wondered what would be the fate of Imo if supplies ends.
He noted that the House within one year had passed people-oriented bills that have assisted the Executive carry out numerous infrastructural projects. Imo Governor specially thanked the House for approving for the Executive a four-year development fund and enjoined members to continue with upholding motion and bills that centre on the welfare and interests of the masses.
Speaker of the State house of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu revealed that the House in the past one year had passed 20 bills and 54 motions and has also approved a special N5 billion emergency fund for roads, education, health and security. He added that the House had also in the interest of the people intervened in several communal disputes as well as deliberated positively on motions and bills that would drive the development of the rural areas. Speaker Uwajumogu added that the House in the past one had enjoyed a harmonious working relationship with the executive hence numerous developmental projects are going on in the state. The House during the session passed a motion urging the speaker to constitute a panel of eminent Imo indigenes to look into the land dispute between the state government and landowners over area K, New Owerri and make recommendations for amicable settlement of the dispute.