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August 21, 2018

Imo Development Levy: Town Unions cry out

  The Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU) has pleaded with Governor Rochas Okorocha not to squeeze the life out of Imolites by further imposing a development levy, on hungry stomachs. On April 3, 2018, Governor Okorocha wrote to all traditional rulers, asking each of them to raise N6, 000, 000 (six million Naira) from his community as development levy. This amounts to N3,000 (three thousand naira) each for 2,000 adults. The Governor warned that any traditional ruler unable to pay would lose his office and also have his autonomous community merged with another. However, town unions, in a…

INTRODUCTION TO THE IMO STATE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

LAW OF 2012 WITH ANNOTATIONS PART III: COMPOSITION OF AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY GOVERNING COUNCIL AND ELECTION.   5.Every Autonomous Community Council shall consist of- (a) the chairman (Eze of the Autonomous Community): (b) the Secretary (Head of Town Union): (b) the Woman Leader (d) the youth Leader; and (e) the Community Liaison Officer (CLO)   COMMENT:   S.5. Deals with the composition of the Autonomous Community Government Council which provides for the Chairman, the secretary, the woman leader, the youth leader and the Community liaison officer as members of the Community Council. The composition of the council is seemly fixed. This…

INTRODUCTION TO THE IMO STATE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION LAW OF 2012 WITH ANNOTATIONS 2012, LAW NO. 1

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  ENERAL PROVISIONS A Law to provide for the establishment, Structure, composition, finance, functions and administration of Autonomous communities in the local Government Areas of Imo State. BE IT ENACTED by the House of Assembly of Imo State of Nigeria as follows:   PART 1 – PRELIMINARIES 1.This law may be cited as the Imo State Autonomous Community Councils Administration Law No. 1 of 2012.   COMMENT: This section provides the citations by which the law is known. It was one of the laws made in the early life of the administration of Governor Anayo Okorocha. This Law is the…

COMMUNIQUE – SOUTH EAST COUNCIL OF TRADITIONAL RULERS

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A ONE-DAY MEETING OF THE STATES’ CHAIRMEN OF THE COUNCILS OF TRADITIONAL RULERS IN THE SOUTH EAST OF NIGERIA, IN ENUGU, ON MONDAY, 19TH OCTOBER 2015 We, the Chairmen of the Councils of Traditional Rulers of the States in the South East Nigeria, held a meeting in Enugu today, 19th October, 2015. After a careful review of the state of affairs in the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, we: a) Noted that the tenure of Cletus Ikechukwu Ilomuanya as both the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and of the South East…

Repositioning Traditional Rulership in Imo State for more relevance

Traditional ruler is a person in position of leadership in his community and whose authority is derived and passed down from political, social and cultural heritage of his community to ensure a viable order.  Any government that ignores this institution is bound to have problems.  In the Northern and Western Nigeria for instance, the position of the Sultan, Emir, Oba, Baale, Etsu, Oni, Alafin etc., cannot and must not be ignored.  Similarly the position of Eze, Obi and Igwe must be respected.  One big problem facing the leadership of Imo State is the proliferation of  Autonomous Communities/new Traditional Rulers. In…

DID GOVERNOR OKOROCHA ABOLISH THE TOWN UNIONS?

The Town union in Igbo land is a legacy of our historical evolution and the dynamic leadership of our people who put community development above personal interests. It arose from the relative isolation of the rural communities from the socio economic grid of regional government of Eastern Nigeria and the apparent neglect of the grass roots by successive administrations which concentrated on the development of the regional capital and sub regional provinces to the detriment of the rural communities. The Igbo in their various migrations contributed to the development of their towns through the development of self help infrastructures competitively….

Okorocha justifies action over dethroned monarchs

Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, yesterday stated that the withdrawal of the certificates of recognition  of Eze Cletus Ilomuanya as the Obi of Obinugwu autonomous community and Eze Cosmas Onyeneke, the paramount ruler of Lagwa in Orlu and Aboh Mbaise  council areas of the state respectively, was in line with the resolution of the State House of Assembly, which had recommended that they be dethroned as traditional rulers. In a press statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor stated that the dethronement of the two royal fathers was not personal, but in exercise…

An Inquiry into the Legal Processes for the Creation of Autonomous Communities and the Selection, Appointment, Installation, Recognition and Removal of Traditional Rulers in Imo State

The Imo State Government had set up a judicial panel in 2013 to look into the creation of autonomous communities and recognition of traditional rulers in the state with a view to establishing sub colore juris whether they met the requirements for their creation and recognitions under the law in force at the time of their creation. These are requirements the government ought to have satisfied itself before granting recognition in the first place! In particular, they were to look into chieftaincy disputes and serious acts of misconduct against traditional rulers. Indeed the task of this panel is onerous and…