The state government has commenced its decentralization programme by redeploying civil servants to communities for the purpose of forming the Fourth-Tier Government proposed by Gov. Rochas Okorocha.
Gov. Okorocha who disclosed this during a meeting with members of the State Expanded Executive and head of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), said the affected workers will constitute the administrative wing of the Fourth Tier of Government otherwise known as Community Government Council (CGC) in their various communities.
The governor stated that under the arrangement, each of the 27 local government areas will retain 80 staff while government house will operate with 100 staff only. Other ministries and government agencies will also down-size in line with the decentralization programme.
Gov. Okorocha explained that most government activities would be community-based which underscores the need for adequate manpower to ensure that government is deeply enthroned at the grassroots.
The governor added that the decentralization programme is not aimed at reducing the workforce but to redeploy civil servants to more productive areas and further create opportunities for efficiency in the system.
He noted that the fourth-tier government would deploy its resources to the newly introduced Rural Agricultural Programme (RAP) with a target of planting 100 million improved palm seedlings in the entire communities of the state.
On the commercialization programme, Gov. Okorocha said there is no going back on the April 1 deadline, adding that government has henceforth withdrawn subventions to parastatals and other commercial establishments of the state government in line with the operational framework of the commercialization programme.
He charged commissioners to ensure that the business potentials of their respective ministries are properly harnessed for enhanced revenue generation to enable them pay salaries of their workers.
Gov. Okorocha also tasked heads of parastatals to live up to
expectation by ensuring that their organizations become self-reliant towards making Imo economy independent through the commercialization programme.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to boost the infrastructural and economic development of the state through good policies and drastic reduction in the cost of governance, adding that the 73% capital expenditure and 27% recurrent will be strictly maintained in the transformation agenda of Imo Rescue Mission.