Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has explained that redeployment of some workers to form the Fourth-Tier of Government in all the communities of the state is aimed at fast-tracking development
in the rural areas. The governor who stated this while addressing Imo workers at the state secretariat complex alongPort Harcourtroad, Owerri, maintained that the policy is not intended to sack workers as peddled in some quarters. “Let me state it clearly that this policy is not aimed at sacking anybody, rather more people will be employed. We are posting some civil servants to more productive areas so that our manpower will be well utilized. The fourth-tier government will definitely elicit development and promote agriculture at the rural communities,” he said. He disclosed that a committee will be set up with representatives of the ministries and labour to further harmonize the practical framework of the policy, adding that his administration has directed the Civil Service Commission to address all issues relating to workers welfare and promotion. Gov. Okorocha expressed gratitude to Imo workers for their resolve to contribute in the transformation of Imo Rescue Mission by queuing into vision of the decentralization policy and Fourth-Tier Government proposed by his administration. “I am happy today that the civil servants have queued into the visions of the present administration by agreeing to kick-start the fourth-tier government with the view to encouraging the agricultural sector. I am very happy that they understand it clearly. Before now, it appeared that they didn’t understand the policy but now they have believed that it is a good programme and policy for the state. In the next couple of days, some civil servants will go to their communities to drive the visions of this present administration, Gov. Okorocha said. ” He added that a maximum of civil servants will be retained in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) based on need and capacity. “A maximum of civil servants will be retained in ministries depending on need. The idea of having over 10 workers as store keepers is a waste of manpower and resources. There are some ministries that don’t need more than 40 workers. It is a new thing on how to kick-start development at the rural areas. This drift from rural to urban area is creating much pains and poverty in the nation and that’s why we want to begin to go back to land so that the rural people will begin to take charge in the areas of agriculture, security, education and health. This step will no doubt create tremendous development in the rural communities of Imo state”, he added.