I’m prepared for enemies’ darts, says Uzodimma
• Tasks monarchs, landlords on security
• Imo Assembly considers two bills at the resumption of plenary
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, said that he was not unaware of plots by opposition to distract him and make the state ungovernable, insisting that he came to the office prepared.
While receiving leaders and other stakeholders from Nkwerre Local Council of the state at Douglas House, Owerri, yesterday, he reiterated his government’s commitment to surmount insecurity, unemployment and infrastructure deficit, among others, in the state.
“There is no how anybody would plan to be governor without expecting to have people to fight and people to love. So you go in ready to fight and to love,” he said.
“When I knelt down to ask God to help me become the governor of Imo, I swore that I would use the position for the people and not for myself. Now God has done his part and made me the governor. It is now left for me to do my part. Let no man make me violate that covenant,” he said.
ALSO, while hosting Ikeduru and Ngor-Okpala stakeholders, he charged traditional rulers and landlords to have critical knowledge of their tenants and neighbours, including what they do for a living.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, who led Ikeduru, and Eustace Eke, who led Ngor-Okpala, threatened that, henceforth, the monarchs and landlords would be held responsible for security lapses in their domains.
MEANWHILE, the House of Assembly has resumed plenary after about three months’ industrial action by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).
At the resumption of the plenary yesterday, a bill for a law to protect the rights of disabled persons was read on the floor of the assembly.
The immediate past deputy speaker, Okechukwu Onyekamma (Mbaitoli), sponsored the bill.
PASAN had, on March 23, 2021, gone on strike over the Federal Government’s failure to give financial autonomy to the legislature.
Onyekamma said the bill, when passed into law, would provide a legal and institutional framework for the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities, “in line with the Discrimination Against Persons With Disability (Prohibition) Act 2019 and other international legal and policy instruments.”
He added that the law would also promote policies, programmes and best practices that encourage the full participation of persons with disabilities in social and economic development, as well as promote respect for their inherent dignity.
Also, Philip Ejiogu (Owerri North) sponsored a bill for the establishment of the Corporate Social Responsibility Commission.
The Speaker, Paul Emeziem, after entertaining responses from some members of the house on the bills, fixed Wednesday, July 7, 2021, for second reading.