The Community Government proposed by Governor Rochas Okorocha has taken off with the governor embarking on a sensitization tour to some Local Government Areas in the state.
At the flag off of the programme at the headquarters of Mbaitoli, Njaba, Orlu, Ideato South and Ideato North LGAs, the governor told civil servants, traditional rulers and other stakeholders that the establishment of the community government was to unlock the economic potentials of the rural communities left untapped for many years.
He disclosed that the state civil servants would pioneer the establishment of the fourth-tier government on the grounds of civil service secondment policy and would hand over the reins of administration to the permanent staff after few years of tutelage to the latter.
Owelle Okorocha who enjoined the people of the state to embrace this novel policy stated that the take off of the fourth-tier of government became necessary to revive the agricultural potential of the people of the state especially the planting of the palm tree adding that great cities of the world grew from the ranks of rural areas. He urged the traditional rulers, who are also designated chairmen of this community government, to live up to the expectations of the state government in ensuring the socio-economic development of their communities adding that high performing ones would be elevated in ranks.
Governor Okorocha also enjoined the people of the communities to collaborate with the civil servants in lifting their plight and pleaded that the returnee civil servants should be provided with conducive working environment. He equally revealed that plans are being made to establish factories in every community in the state as government has concluded arrangements to start a job-placement programme for graduates where youths would be attached to companies and establishments with monthly stipends from the government.
It would be recalled that the state governor in recent fora had explained the essence of the fourth-tier government to the people of the state. The controversy generated by this policy had erupted due to the misconception that civil servants posted to the communities would lose their place in the state civil service and would rely on their communities for salaries and emoluments.
However, the governor’s sensitization programme and consultations with labour leaders seem to have doused the tensions generated by the novel policy.