Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has expressed delight at the attendance of eminent leaders of the state who gathered in response to his invitation for the 6th edition of the Imo State Stakeholders Meeting.
He said, “In January 2020 upon my resumption in office as Governor, I instituted the Imo State Stakeholders Meeting, based on my desire to connect directly with our people in the course of governance. These meetings present an avenue for accounting to the people of Imo State, the activities of my administration in fast-tracking development in our dear State. They also afford our people an opportunity to be directly updated by me on government’s policies and programmes.”
Uzodinma said the progress recorded by his administration so far in restructuring the state couldn’t have been successful without the support and dedication of the Imo workforce – the Civil Service.
He said, “This productivity on their part is as a result of reforms we instituted in the State Civil Service which include but are not limited to the improved staff welfare and elimination of fraudulent practices that had hitherto been parasitic to the State’s economy.
“Despite the peculiar challenges we have had to grapple with, we have been operating a multifaceted administration where every sector of government receives equal attention in the course of governance. With a focus on growth and the stability of our economy, we have partnered with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in formulating an industrial policy for the State. This and other engagements with relevant agencies are contributing to our drive for an improved Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
“In the coming days, we would be reconstituting the Development Centers, an initiative designed to bring governance closer to the people even as we introduce the President General of Town Unions into the membership of the Development Centers’ Committee to promote administrative transparency.
“These efforts cannot be sustained if we derail from our focus in sustaining the improved security in the State. To this end, we have invested tremendously in improving our security systems with visible evidence being the restoration of peace, law and order in our dear State.
“As captured in the People’s Budget 2022, Capital Expenditure is earmarked 74% of the total budget. The implementation of the budget will transform our infrastructural deficits to complement the over thirty (30) roads we have built and commissioned with over fifty (50) others under construction and another fifty (50) undergoing reconstruction, all evenly spread across the State.
“In actualizing a productive and people-oriented governance, the Government cannot unilaterally aprobate and reprobate on deliverables to the people. It is therefore, incumbent on stakeholders to take more steps to uphold contributory governance, where the programs and policies of government are designed in consultation with the people and for the people, as we have courageously initiated.
“It is on this premise that I submit myself on periodic basis for scrutiny as I present our administration’s account of stewardship to our people.
“My firm belief is that this commitment will sustain transparency in governance and go on to signpost a legacy of excellence in public service for succeeding administrations in our, one and only, and dearly beloved Imo State, God helping us.”