The executive Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has signed two new bills into law, Featured24 reports.
The bills are: 1) A bill for a law to establish the Imo State Micro Small and Medium Industries Development Agency and Related Matters; and, 2) A bill for a law to establish a Bureau to co-ordinate, supervise and monitor projects undertaken by Donors/Development Partners in Imo State and Related matters.
Speaking during the presentation of the bills to the Governor for assent, Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Chiji Collins said the bills have undergone all stages of legislative work after a robust debate by the legislators.
He stressed further that the first bill will be a “vanguard agency” for rural development, job creation and sustainable livelihood.
Speaking, Gov Uzodinma expressed appreciation to the State Assembly “for putting up these essential bills for assent.”
The Governor hinted on the existing irregularities through the past years in respect of International Donor Agencies that have brought help to the people of Imo State but with no coordination nor were they monitored.
Featured24 gathered that the new law would not only monitor but also specify the standards and ensure that Imo people benefit efficiently.
“We have had so many interventions through Global development partners in form of provision of basic amenities but going through the records, there are no commensurate value neither have they impacted on our people positively,” Uzodinma said.
“Therefore, in our wisdom we recommended a legislature for a Bureau that will coordinate all interventions from local partners to ensure proper management, implementation and positive impact on our people and value for money,” the Governor added.
Gov Uzodinma further stressed that “it can never be business as usual”, as some reforms may be radical in nature having weighed on available options, “and the best is to create the change that is necessary for the people of Imo State to thrive.”