Three judicial commissions of inquiry were recently inaugurated by the Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to look into Autonomous Communities, Local Governments and the Award of contracts in the state from 30th May, 2007 to 29th May, 2011.
The governor emphasized that the panels were not to witch-hunt any one but to make recommendations that will make for efficient administration.
The terms of reference for the commissions are; to ascertain the extent of work done, detect any payment in excess, examine the role of project officers in the execution of the contracts (contract awards between 2007 and 2011), identify all types of employees in the local government system, method of recruitment of staff, persons involved in illegal recruitments, salary padding, paying for ghost workers and sources of funds from May 2007 till date, income and expenditure (Local Government) and to identify whether all the Autonomous communities were ab initio, qualified for the status in accordance with the law, identify traditional rulers who have committed acts/misconducts incompatible with their status among others(Autonomous communities)
The committees have three months to complete their assignments and membership consists of;
Autonomous communities: Hon. Justice T.E. Chukwuemeka – Chikeka, (Chairman), Comrade Nick Nkeandieme, Mr Ogbuagu Willy Uwakwe, Prof. Jerome Okoronkwo and Dr. Onumajuru (rtd) (Chairman), Hon. Justice N. Adigwe (rtd), A.I.G. (rtd) Emmanuel Anunihu, Dr Linus Akunnakwe and Arc. Chijioke Odor(Members), and award of contracts. Hon. Justice Goddy Anunihu (chairman) , Mr Johnson Nwachukwu (rtd), Bob Njeamanze, Barr. Everest Egbegbu and Engr. Ambrose C. Ekeh (members)
In his vote of thanks, Hon. Justice P.C.Onumajuru (rtd) commended the governor for quality of those appointed into the panels and challenged his colleagues to be up and doing to do a good job.