While the present administration led by Uzodinma as Governor still receives encomiums for commencing payment of arrears of pensions after automation or digitalization of the pension scheme in Imo, the state Government has concluded plans to take the said policy to the educational sector in the state.
This decision which was reached at the last executive council meeting held last Wednesday would have students in as all the state Government-owned schools provide their individual data to the school authority and the Government.
In the same manner, the state Government has also set aside Monday, October 5 for the resumption of Schools in Imo.
Arch Bishop Obinna amongst others has commended the State Government for living up to its promise of payment of all arrears of pension as soon as the verification exercise was over.
Bishop Obinna made the call at last sunday’s eucharis in preparation of the Nigeria 60th Independence held yesterday at Heroes square in new Owerri.
Speaking to Journalists after the executive council meeting the information commissioner in Imo state Declan Emelumba revealed that collection of data or automation of students would help both parents, Teachers and even the students themselves to have access to information of the students.
The Government of Imo State has given approval for the resumption of schools on Monday October 5, 2020.
The resumption is however subject to the adherence to the recommendations by the Committee responsible for ensuring that Covid-19 safety protocols headed by the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Placid Njoku.
The decision to reopen the schools was reached at the State Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday September 30, 2020 presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba who briefed the press also said that the Council gave approval for the Imo State School system to be fully automated and digitalized to capture pupils and students enrollment; teachers, pupils and students personal data; payment of school fees; examination details and other relevant information concerning schools in Imo.
The reason for automation, the Commissioner emphasized, is to make it easy for government, parents, teachers, students, pupils and the general public to access information on schools as well as data of anyone who passed through such schools. Emelumba said that the Commissioner for Education will head the automation process.
The Commissioner however informed, regrettably, that the State Executive Council had received information that the planned warning strike by doctors in Imo State is not only politically motivated, but an intention to blackmail government.
He said that the government has been making frantic efforts to sanitize the wrongs and rots in the payroll system where past administrations, civil and public servants have been found to be complicit.
The government, therefore, enjoined the public not to be deceived by the planned doctors warning strike. Emelumba however urged the doctors in the State, especially their leaders, to reconsider their stand on the planned warning strike and think of amicable resolution through dialogue with the appropriate government officials.
On the security situation in the country and threats by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and some dissident groups directing “sit-at-home” in respect of October 1, and Independence Day celebration, the Council assured that the government has provided adequate security for all Imo citizens at all times, Independence day anniversary celebrations or not.