By Chinasa Ogbonna
In a major policy shift, the Imo State government intends to revert to the 234 communities created by the 1979 Local Government Reform of Imo State for the purpose of implementing its new industrialization policy tagged, “one community, one industry.”
In his address to a meeting with officers of the 637 Community Government Councils (CGC) in Imo State in Owerri last Monday, Governor Rochas Okorocha stated that the move became necessary as some communities are too small to sustain the “one community, one industry” project.
But he quickly assured that it does not mean that some communities would be merged since the traditional rulers remain, explaining that the arrangement would make the 234 communities strong enough to establish agro-based small and medium scale industries. Governor Okorocha stated that government would fund the projects through the Miro-Finance Bank adding that each community has its potentials to stand on its own economically.
The governor further posited that in view of the economic melt-down in the country, that agriculture remains the only escape route adding that it was the main aim of setting up the CGC.
He described CGC as the best form of government in Nigeria and Africa as, according to him, it is the only form of government that recognizes the peoples cultural heritage and brings out the potentials of each community.
The Imo chief executive further hailed the system for recording success in the area of security especially with the traditional rulers as the chief security officers of their respective councils.
Okorocha noted that crime rate has reduced in the state, thanks to the co-operation among the security agencies in the state and the Imo Security Network, Imo Civil Guard and Imo Security Alert.
The governor used the occasion to introduce the new Imo State Commissioner of Police, Barr. Fredrick Taiwo Lakanu who he said has a track record of success and urged him to bring it to bear in Imo State.