OrderPaperToday – The governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha, has approved the suspension of all chairmen, councilors and political appointees of local governments in the state.
The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives also approved the dissolution and removal of the chairman and members of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC).
The is according to a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Chibuike Onyeukwu, released on Monday.
The governor’s decision is pursuant to the recommendations made to him by the Imo State House of Assembly.
The statement said the decisons are “in pursuant to 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 enabling laws.”
Gov Ihedioha therefore set up Interim Management Committees to manage the affairs of each Local Government.
Consequently, the Directors of Administration and General Services (DAGS) of each Local Government have been directed to take over management, pending the confirmation of Interim Management Committees by the State Assembly.
On the dissolution of the state electoral commission, the statement explained that the resolution was “supported by two-thirds majority of the State Assembly rendered on 6th June, 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.”
The Commission will be reconstituted in due course to put in place the machinery for conducting a credible election into the local governments, the government said, adding that the governor also approved the dissolution of all statutory boards, corporations, agencies and parastatals.