By Gid Ahanonu
Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has been called upon to conduct local government elections for the development of rural areas.
In the alternative, he was asked to strengthen the community government council (CGC) which he began on taking up position as governor.
A community leader in Owerri, Chief Oweaya Christian Anukam, made the call when he spoke to newsmen recently in Owerri.
He said that such a move would also reduce unemployment, insecurity and crime in the state.
Chief Anukam, however, praised the governor for recovering two moribund industries, the Resin Paints factory at Aboh Mbaise and the Paper Packaging industry Owerre Ebeiri, Orlu, established in the 80’s by the late Gov. Sam Mbakwe and urged him to reactivate more of such industries instead of building new ones.
The Owerri Community leader who has held leadership positions in Owerre Nchi Ise, including the traditional title of Agbawo Dike Izu Owerre, frowned at the government’s plans to relocated Ekeukwu Owerre market, arguing that it would change the market’s name as well as constitute a letdown of the core Owerri indigenes who own the market.
He said that the administration needed to address the problem of roads in the state, urging the rehabilitation works.
Commending the governor for embarking on roads construction, Chief Oweaya stressed the need to use quality materials, adding that the roads were more crucial at this period than embarking on new industries.