Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has said the state will never go down under his watch.
“Under my watch as the Governor of Imo State, I pledge to ensure that all that rightfully belongs to us as Ndi Imo will not be frittered away under any guise whatsoever.
“I remain resolute in the recovery of our oil wells and other resources deprived of us by those we had in the past, entrusted the leadership of our State to” he told members of the State Council of Elders at its inaugural meeting held at Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri.
He admonished the elders on the need for unadulterated leadership and development in the State.
“The course of the development of our State, the protection of our people, the provision of leadership must be borne by a mind that is not adulterated “ he admonished.
The Governor called on the Elders of the State to arise to their responsibilities and be part of the checks and balances of the democratic system, which the Shared Prosperity Government has allowed to truly thrive unlike past administrations.
“No Government will seize lands, acquire the general wealth of the people, loot the treasury because if he’s challenged, but all these happened in the past because no one challenged him.” Uzodimma emphasized.
“When I constituted the Imo State Elders Council headed by Obi of Obinugwu, HRM Eze (Dr.) Cletus Ilomuanya, I reiterated the need for every part of the society to actively participate in the governance of our dear State for the interest of the people.
“I appealed to our Elders to work with the Government and uphold the confidence reposed in them by the people of Imo State.
“As accomplished personalities, their role as Advisory Council and watchdogs of the Government, would guide the Government in rendering quality governance to our people and maintaining the integrity of the institution.
“No Governor can successfully loot the State if the Elders were not sleeping. In the past, Governors have looted our commonwealth unchallenged. To prevent this, I constituted the Elders Council to bring value to governance and focus on the well-being of our people.
He continued “Our network and synergy with Government at the Center has continued to attract developmental projects to our dear State. We had in the past, fallen short of crude production report by over 70%, which has grossly undermined our Federal Allocation. Thankfully, we have initiated legal proceedings to correct the anomalies and restore our due derivatives.
“The power of the Governor is in the people. I therefore, call on our Elders Council to work with the Government for the best interest of our people. As a non-partisan body, the Council shall enjoy its independence, due respect and co-operation” he stated.