I do not have much to say, but let me state that I am indeed elated. I am elated because our quest to Rebuild Imo from its ruins, though in its infancy, is gradually bearing fruit. I am equally excited because our drive to give the intended constitutional value to Local Government administration is producing results.
When we pledged to work hard to realize, not just our goals, but the expectations of the people, we meant it. We knew, God being our helper, that there was light at the end of the tunnel for Ndi Imo.
In the last few months that we have been on the saddle, we have initiated a lot of new policies, legislations, and instructively for today, embarked on numerous capital and infrastructural projects.
From road rehabilitation – rural, urban and trunk, to stadium redevelopment, facilitating electrification, restoring water supply, etc, the task has been to begin the rejuvenation of the State – driven by set out policy, due process and transparency.
As a government, we equally set-out to reform and thus re-energize local government administration in the state. We first of all provided financial autonomy, through the direct release of their funds to them. We furthermore put in place operational guidelines to enable the state oversight their activities and ensure they are accountable to the people.
To achieve effective oversight of the local government system in accordance with the law (one that provides financial prudence, policy direction and accountability), we not only strengthened the Local Government Bureau, we assigned duties to our Projects Monitoring, Evaluation and Execution Unit to ensure delivery is properly regulated.
Added to this, was our promise to not only guarantee prompt and regular payment of salaries and pensions, but also provide a conducive place of work for the local government workers.
Today’s event, the commissioning of the Ahiazu Mbaise Ultra-Modern Local Government Secretariat Complex is one that symbolizes what we have stated above. It is a testimony that the Rebuild Imo dream is real, that local government administration can work, that Imolites can deliver, that indeed the spirit of the Lord is with us.
At this juncture I must pour accolades on the Ahiazu Mbaise local government council, typified by the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee (IMC). You have distinguished yourself in diligence, commitment, style and delivery. You deserve the commendation and should be an example to follow by not just other IMCs but indeed other procuring entities across the state.
I also extend my commendation to the contractors. You have performed so well, delivering quality, aesthetics and timely too. You have rekindled our faith in indigenous contractors. I assure you, that our administration will make a deliberate effort to encourage and patronize your type.
To the IMCs that cannot meet up with our pace of work, or indeed the expectation of the people, the message is clear, we will not hesitate to ease you out of the Rebuild Imo team.
To the erring contractors, you will be made to fulfil all your contractual obligations and where you fail, refund all payments received and possibly face prosecution.
In conclusion, I am truly excited at the commissioning of our 1st to be completed local governemnt projects and look forward to doing more in the weeks to come.
Imo bu nke anyi nile.