The sum of One billion naira has been released to each of the 27 local governments in Imo state to execute the 15km road projects and other capital projects approved by the state government.
The sum of two hundred million (N200m) will be first released for the first phase of the projects.
According to a communiqué issued after a joint meeting by Gov. Owelle Rochas Okorocha with Commissioners, Special Advisers, Honourable Members of Imo State House of Assembly, Local Government Transition Committee Chairmen and Traditional Rulers, a contractor is expected to do a minimum of 5km of the 15km road projects approved for each of the local government areas in the state.
The Chairmen were equally requested to acquire 100 hectares of land for other projects like General Hospitals, Guest House, Mini-Stadium and Housing Scheme.
A Joint Government Project Committee comprising of Commissioners, Special Advisers, Transition Committee Chairmen, Honourable members of the State Assembly and Senior Special Assistants in each LGA was constituted while the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Benjamin Uwajimogu is to chair the Rural Road Inspection Committee.
The communiqué also highlighted the establishment of a fourth-tier of government in Imo state known as Community Government Council (CGC) which will be headed by the traditional rulers while the President-Generals, Community Speakers, Woman and Youth Leaders will serve as members.
It further stated that election into the Community Government Council will hold on April 2012, while the State Attorney-General works out the logistics for the polls.
The Community Government Councils are however directed to take over the management of health centres while those that don’t have are directed to apply to the commissioner for health.
Under the arrangement, all qualified communities will be entitled to monthly subventions as those that don’t qualify may be merged for administrative convenience.
While former development area headquarters are to be used as Community Government Council headquarters for those communities where they are located, other public buildings will be as well converted for same purpose where they are located.