The Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma has presented 31 SUV vehicles to the leaders of traditional rulers in Imo State to enhance their operational mode.

Those who benefitted from the largesse include the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers Council, his three Zonal Chairmen and monarchs who are chairmen in the 27 Local Government Areas of the state. 

The vehicles are to assist the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and his team across the state in their day-to-day operations.  

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Making the presentation, the governor said the traditional institution is a critical and important institution that represents the culture of the people and tradition and could be described as the “citadel of justice at the community level.” 

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He noted that the monarchs maintain security and dispense justice at the rural level, adding that some of them in doing so even lose their lives.

He said the car gift was meant to encourage them not to relent in their service to the state. 

Governor Uzodimma said that “from time to time a strong welfare package will be made available to the royal fathers of the state as a way of cushioning the effect of their non-participation in some activities that would have made them more comfortable.”

He assured the monarchs that soon, “as the constitutional amendment is concluded the royal fathers in the country, Imo State inclusive, will be assigned constitutional responsibilities.”

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He appealed to them to speak to the youths to shun crimes and come forward for empowerment programmes designed by the state government to make them entrepreneurs and employers of labour.

He announced that the state will son empower more than 5,000 Imo youths with laptop (computers), acquired by the state government and donations from the Zinox Computers.

He pleaded with those involved in banditry, killing of innocent citizens and other activities that tend to make the state unsafe to think twice and turn a new leaf.

In her remarks, the Imo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs. Ruby Emele told the audience that the governor is going about doing good, not only in infrastructure but in human capital development.

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She described the presentation of the vehicles as a distribution of amenities to the communities and local government areas and “one of such numerous exploits of the governor.”

Responding, the Chairman Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Emmanuel Okeke thanked the governor for his kind gesture to the traditional rulers and pledged their commitment to ensure the success of the administration.


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