by Stanley Azuakola
The Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha, has declared that from next year, a program would be introduced in tertiary institutions to assist illiterate traditional rulers in gaining basic knowledge in leadership. He said that all illiterate traditional rulers in Imo would be given the opportunity to go to school to enhance their ability to deliver robust service to their people through the Community Government Council (CGC).
He said this during an address to the traditional rulers and some other stakeholders.
“Africa and Nigeria in particular can only develop more if the community government council becomes stronger than the local government; local government stronger than the state government and state stronger than the Federal Government,” he said.
He said he believed that because Nigeria’s current underdevelopment has its root in the excessive influence of the FG.
The governor also called for the introduction of the CGC in all the 36 states of the federation to facilitate effective service delivery to the people. The CGC is a fourth-tier of government which was established in Imo State in 2012 and headed by traditional rulers while the president-generals, community speakers, woman and youth leaders serve as members. Okorocha said that the establishment of the CGC was his major achievement and had nothing to do with politics and hence should not be politicised.
Okorocha also assured all the communities with Ezeship tussle that his administration would resolve the issue in the next two months, asking the CGC executives to always work harmoniously among one another for effective service delivery.