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Imo Government sets up committee to implement Whitepaper on Land Use and other related matters

The Imo State Government has set up a committee charged with the responsibility of fully implementing the recommendations contained in the State Whitepaper on Land Use and Other Related charges.

The decision was taken at the Executive Council Meeting of Wednesday, March 31, 2021 presided over by the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma.

The Committee to be Chaired by the Hon. Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning has the Commissioner for Housing as Secretary, while the Commissioner for Works, the General Manager ENTRACO, the General Manager OCDA and others approved by EXCO as members.

The Committee is charged with the responsibility of full and total implementation of all aspects of the Whitepaper on Lands and other Related Matters expeditiously.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba in the company of Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Imo State, Barr. COC Akolisa, Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Rex Anunobi and the Chief Press Secretary/Special Adviser (Media), Oguwike Nwachuku, said the Governor also announced further minor Cabinet reshuffle of members of the Executive Council.

According to Emelumba, in the new adjustment, the Commissioner for Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition, Noble Atulegwu moves over to the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Physical Planning formally headed by Barr. Enyinnaya Onuegbu who, now  has been moved to superintend the Ministry of Power while Chief Iyke Umeh, formally Commissioner for Power takes over as the new Commissioner for Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition. All the changes take immediate effect.

Throwing more light on the essence of the reshuffle, Akaolisa said the Governor deemed it necessary to carry out the exercise as a way of ensuring that the  programmes and policies of the administration move on smoothly, noting that  “no Commissioner is removed rather it is an attempt to put the right pegs in the right holes.”

Also, it was observed that Exco approved a provisional Uniform for the Imo State Traffic Management Agency (ISTMA) which was accordingly adorned by Anunobi.

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Governor Uzodimma carried out the first minor reshuffle of his cabinet when he swore in four new Commissioners and moved others such as former Finance Commissioner to Petroleum, former Health Commissioner to Mines and Solid Minerals, among others round.

It will be recalled that the implementation of the Whitepaper on Lands and other Related Matters has since commenced with the State recovering the former Eastern Palm University at Ogboko Ideato South Local Government Area (now Kingsley Ozurumba Mbadiwe University) and Royal Spring Hotel and Apartments at Akachi road in Owerri.

Oguwike Nwachuku

CPS/Media Adviser to the Governor

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