By Chinasa Ogbonna
The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has inaugurated the elected officials of the Community Government Council (CGC) who emerged victorious in the CGC election recently.
Inaugurating the officials comprising the secretaries, woman leaders and youth leaders, the state governor urged them not to use their positions to fight the state government.
Rather, they should promote the programme and projects of the present administration.
Governor Okorocha also advised them to carry everyone along in their various communities while discharging their duties and reminded them that the essence of the CGC is to bring development to the grassroots.
He said that the introduction of CGC will unlock the agricultural potentials in the communities and stressed the need for the duly elected officers of CGC to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice while discharging their duties.
He reminded them that they have a tenure of two years and congratulated them for emerging victorious, adding that the state government has set up an appeal panel “to look into the cases of source communities that have problems in their election.
In his speech, the state commissioner for CGC, Chief Val Mbamara, said that the vision of CGC is a new administrative lexicon that is anchored on grassroot participation in governance and his breed on our present democracy.
He thanked the governor for his visionary leadership which, he said, has devised a new approach to unlock the economic and developmental potentials that abound in the rural areas and also enhance rural governance aimed at positively touching the lives of the teeming rural dwellers.
Also speaking, the Chairman state council of traditional rulers, HRH Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri, said that the introduction of CGC will reduce crime and encourage agricultural practices in the communities.
Adding his voice, the State Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Chukwuma Machukwu Umeh (SAN) said that the law No 1 of 2012 is on creation of officers of CGC and congratulated them for emerging victorious in the election.