One of the prominent Traditional Rulers in Imo state who for security reasons declined mention of his name has commended the boldness of the present administration led by Governor Hope Uzodinma to return to Imo all the state Government’s properties as well as individuals illegally acquired by the former Governor of the state and senator representing Imo west in the National Assembly, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
This is even as he hailed the Ihedioha led administration and that of Uzodinma for standing firm against recognition of the 30 new communities which Okorocha led administration purportedly issued certificate of recognition on the eve of may 29 2019.
Okorocha led administration had few hours to his exit as the Governor of Imo state when he ordered the then Secretary to the state Government, Mark Uchendu to issue certificate of recognition to 30 new Ezes elect.
The said event which took place in one of the Hotels in new Owerri was rejected by Imo people as well as some of the said new Ezes following huge sums of money allegedly collected from them at the said Hotel at the said Night.
In a bid to sanitize the traditional institution in Imo given its bastardization by Okorocha led administration which include the illegal removal of the then chairman of the Imo state council of Traditional Rulers, HRM, Eze Dr. Cletus Ilomuanya despite series of court orders and judgments which called for his reinstatement, Ihedioha led administration rejected the said new Ezes and their communities while describing their recognition as illegal.
In same manner, Uzodinma’s administration continued from where Ihedioha stopped by marking the said Ezes and their Communities rejected.
Describing the bastardization of the Imo Traditional Institution as one of the sins of Okorocha as well as subjection of Imo Traditional Rulers to House Boys wherein, they were going to Owerri every month to collect cheques for their salaries, the said Traditional Ruler urged the present administration to do everything within the confines of the law to sanitize and restore the eroding glory of the Traditional Institution in Imo. He however advised the present administration to borrow a leaf from the Anambra Government which despite their population still maintains minimal number of Autonomous Communities and Traditional Rulers.
He used the forum to call on the state Government to review the monthly remuneration of the Traditional Rulers in the state adding that if it is not enough it should be increased given what is obtainable in the country today, this according to him would enhance the status of the Ezes thereby reducing the crimes associated with Traditional Rulers.
However, in the bid to still dupe innocent citizens, some of the appointees in the then government as well as in the new government are going around asking the new Ezes for money with a promise that the present administration will recognize them.
It is important to note that in some of the concerned communities, they have two or three villages asking for autonomous status.