The Imo State government has finally decided to concession the managements of some Parastatals and Health facilities in the state to inject life into them and make them effective and productive to achieve the aims of establishing them in the first place.
Most of these parastatals and Health facilities have continued to enjoy the government’s huge monthly subventions without any thing to show for such cash investments. Even those of them expected to earn revenue by virtue of their status to assist in taking care of themselves have not been forthcoming and they have not also been functioning up to the responsibilities behind their existence.
The managements of some of the parastatals already listed for concessioning are those of Imo Newspapers, Imo Orientation Agency, NEPAD, Imo ADP, Agric Loans Board, Water corporation, PFMU and PSGRDP, Consumer protection Council, Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, Imo State Sports Council, Imo State Tourism Board, Imo State Zoological Garden, Imo State Library Board, Imo Job Centre and Imo State Investment Promotion Agency.
Others are the State Directorate for Employment, Okigwe Cattle Market, Imo Livestock, Ministry of Agric and Natural Resources Shop, Niger-Delta Bureau, Poverty Alleviation Bureau, IWADA, Bureau for Public Procurement and Price Intelligence, ENTRACO, Imo Marketing Company, Imo Blue Lake Oguta and Imo Essential Drug.
Health facilities the government has also listed to concession their managements are the General Hospitals and Health Centres in the Twenty-Seven Local government Areas in the state including the General Hospitals at Aboh Mbaise, Ngor Okpala, Ihette Uboma, Okigwe, Aro-ndizogu, Mberi, Awo Omama, Oguta, Ogwa, Ohaji Egbema and the Specialist Hospital, Umugwuma.
In the case of the Health Centres and General Hospitals, the government decided to concession their respective managements to give them the needed teeth to make the Health-care delivery system in the state responsive, effective and service-oriented especially when the government’s experience in the affected Health outfits have been nauseating.
In addition to the concession actions, the government has also dissolved the Youth Must Work Scheme with the aim of re-organising it and making it more efficient to achieve the goal for which it was brought on board ab initio.
However, Primary and Secondary teachers recruited under the Youth Must Work Scheme are not affected by the dissolution.
The government has also dissolved the elected officials of the community Government councils (CGC) and the action is also designed to help in repositioning the CGC to also make it very vibrant and result-oriented.
In the same vein, the state government has taken over Imo State Teaching Hospital staff Primary School at Orlu and FSP Primary School Ugwu-orji, Owerri to enable them enjoy the free education programme of the state government and also take the two schools to the expected level in terms of quality.
The government has also suspended some Permanent Secretaries, Directors of Accounts and few other officials who were indicted by the report of the recent verification and audit exercise carried out by the state government.
Meanwhile, the governor has directed the salary arrears of all the staff in the affected parastatals listed for concession, the hospitals and health centres also affected, and those of CGC to be paid immediately. All these actions have been taken in the overall interest of the state and her people, and indeed designed to keep the state on the fast lane of development and growth.
The government appeals passionately to indigenes of the state for their cooperation and understanding since from the inception of this administration, the wish of Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha is to leave the state better than he met it.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor