…Defers Schools’ Resumption
The Imo State government has deferred the resumption of schools till an ongoing Covid-19 testing programme in all the 27 local government areas of the state is concluded.
Also, all task forces operating under whatever guise in Imo State have been banned by the government just as it has stopped the sale of emblems across the nooks and crannies of Imo by those who either masquerade as task forces or consultants.
This development is contained in a Press Release by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku and made available to The Agenda Online.
According to the statement, “those who would want to test the will of government will have themselves to blame, as plans to constitute a security outfit that will go after recalcitrant persons will soon be unveiled.”
“Rising from her Wednesday, September 23 2020 Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma,the Government told newsmen at a media briefing that Task Forces have been constituting a nuisance to the government and people of the state.”
“There is nothing like Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) Task Force, Emblem collection Task Force and Revenue Task Forces on the street of Owerri Municipal anymore,” the Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba who was joined by the Commissioner for Transportation, Barr. Rex Anunobi; Commissioner for Finance, Chuck Chuckemeka; Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Internal Revenue, Lawrence Chukwuemeka Nwodu said.”
“Emelumba also said the Exco resolved that there is no more Consultancy of any sort involving Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA), and that all MDAs are directed to submit their revenue heads to the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR).” “This means that only BIR is authorized to collect revenue for Imo State Government henceforth.”
“To ensure full compliance with regard to the ban on the task forces, the government said it has concluded arrangement to constitute security monitoring and enforcement team to ensure that all concerned comply with the above directives.”
“Emelumba noted that the Executive Council has received report on the Community testing for Covid-19 in six Local Government Areas of the State and discovered that out of over 1,000 tested only 24 were found to be positive. He said that Imo State is one of the nine States in the Federation that have embarked on the Community Testing.”
“The consequence the ongoing Community Testing Programme in Imo State, he said, will reflect on the planned resumption of schools as that had been delayed for a while to enable the testing go round in all the councils in the state.”
“The commissioner revealed that Imo State has qualified to benefit from the State Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Sustenance (SFTAS) which guarantees her a whooping sum of $20millionfor 2020.”
“Furthermore, he informed that Imo State Government has concluded plans to establish brand new model primary schools in the 305 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wards of the State.”
“According to him, the schools when established will be equipped with modern facilities such as ICT centre, E-Library, Primary Healthcare Centres, 24 hours power supply, modern sporting facilities and other facilities that will make them comparable to any of their type in any part of the world.”