Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has approved the suspension of chairmen, vice chairmen, councillors and political appointees of the local governments.
Ihedioha also constituted Interim Management Committees to manage the 27 local government areas for six months.
The suspension of the former chairmen is contained in the instrument signed by the governor, pursuant to the recommendation made to him by the state House of Assembly.
The governor’s spokesman, Chibuike Onyeukwu, said in a statement that the suspension was in accordance with the provisions of Sections 4, 5, and 6 of the Local Government Administration (Amendment) Law, 2019 and S.73(3) of Imo State Local Government Administration Law No 15 of 2000 (as Amended) and all other laws thereto.
The Interim Management Committees inaugurated yesterday at the Executive Chambers of the state Government House have consequently taken over the management of the affairs of the 27 local governments.
In a similar development, Ihedioha approved the dissolution and removal of the chairman and members of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC).
This followed a resolution supported by two-thirds majority of the state Assembly rendered on Jun 6, 2019, seeking their removal from office. The action is also in accordance with the provisions of S.7(1) of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission Law and all other extant laws of the state.
According to the statement, the commission will be reconstituted in due course to put in place the machinery for conducting a credible election into the local governments.
The governor further directed that these officers handover to the most senior civil servant in the commission.
“In the overriding public interest of the state, the governor also approved the dissolution of all statutory boards, corporations, agencies and parastatals. This is in line with relevant enabling laws of the state. The chairmen and members are directed to handover to the most senior civil servant in their various establishments,” Onyeukwu said.
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