In line with the establishment of Community Council Government (4th Tier) government in the state, the state government has inaugurated 5 different panels to fill vacant Ezeship s tools in Autonomous communities in the state.
Inaugurating the panel on behalf of the governor at our Lady of Mount Camel Catholic diocese Emekuku Owerri, the Chief of Staff, Prince Eze Madumere stressed the need to have traditional rulers in each certified autonomous community in order to rescue them from backwardness and retrogression.
Prince Madumere explained that government is bent on making Imo state a destination of choice, as such anxious to ensure its safety and progress especially down to the grassroots.
He noted that it would be counter-productive to run community council government without Eze in some communities, pointing out that such communities may be prone to criminal activities and security lapses.
According to Prince Madumere, Owerri zone comprised Owerri and Mbaise districts division and have 50(fifty) vacancies out of a total of one hundred and fourteen vacant Ezeship stools in the state.
“It is worthy of note to mention that out of one hundred and fourteen vacant Ezeship stools, Owerri zone alone has fifty vacant ezeship stools.”
The Chief of Staff further explained that 10 persons were selected from each autonomous community to deliberate in each panel out of over 500 people who converged for communities that were affected.
He however urged the panels to approach the issue with every sense of sanity and warned them to avoid unnecessary sentiment that might result problems thereafter, pointing out that Igbos are known for peaceful resolution of their differences.
Prince Madumere also advised communities whose cases are already in court to withdraw them, expressing confidence that the panel set up would handle the task successfully.
He stated that the communities that fail to produce their own Eze within the sitting period shall be collapsed into any of their
neighboring communities that have Eze.
In his remarks the traditional rulers of Ama-ano Autonomous community in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area, Eze Chidubem Okoro expressed satisfaction and confidence in the Rescue Mission of Governor Okorocha led administration which he described as timely and sacrificial.