From Victor Duruamaku-Owerri
Imo State Governor Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha has drawn up a new blueprint to develop Imo State and restore the State’s past glory.
Addressing the people of the state in Owerri at the weekend as part of activities marking his first 100 days in office, Governor Ihedioha disclosed that he inherited dilapidated infrastructures when he took over the state on may 29 2019.
He said as part of the blueprint implementation, his administration has embarked on massive road rehabilitation, provision of portable drinking water, good health care delivery system and proper accounting system.
According to him to ensure proper accountability and transparency, the administration has adopted the system of Treasury Single Account.
The Governor further said that his administration has reviewed the report of its Transition Technical Committee (TTC) to midwife a development agenda to be known as the Growth and Strategic Development Plan (G-SDP).
He added, “This plan involves a two Stage Developmental plan of 5 years Economic Blueprint” emphasizing that the government is committed to the delivery of 381km rural access road projects, restoration of an improved Owerri master plan, restoration of Water Supply in Owerri metropolis, roll out of a State Health Insurance Scheme as well as the reactivation of four Technical Education Institutions in the state.
Others include: An Economic Growth and Strategic Development Initiatives along 5 sub-themes of Human Capital Development, Agriculture and Food Security, Infrastructure, Industrialization and Job creation as well as Security and Environment.
“Accordingly, we have signed into law/ Executive order 005 known as Treasury Single Account (TSA) Order to consolidate all government revenues under one account” adding that the state government had equally applied other measures designed to plug leakages.
To ensure a sustainable IGR regime, the governor explained that he had taken steps to reform the State Internal Revenue Service, stating that all cash tax payments had been banned with effect from August this year, while the government had mandated the use of the pay Direct Platform with a Single Source Sweeping of Revenue.
Furthermore, he said that the state government had commissioned a Central Billing System which would drive the use of technology in tax collection and had followed this up with a tax Payer Enumeration
Exercise with the attendant benefit of identifying the tax payers and ensuring that they pay the right amount of tax to the right source.
Enumerating other Plans of his administration to move the state forward through his Rebuild Imo Agenda, the Governor said that government had approved the award of contracts for the reconstruction of 14 critical roads across the state to reduce the suffering of the people, with a flag off of one of the most ambitious rural road construction projects in the country.
“Valued at N13.5 billion the World Bank Assisted Rural Access and Mobility Projects (RAMP), he said involves over 70 rural roads networks with a cumulative distance of 381 kilometers across most of the 27 LGAs of the state.
Continuing, the Governor said that he had initiated plans to tackle the disturbing erratic and epileptic power supply in the state with the setting up of the Imo State Power and Rural Electrification Agency
(1-POREA), launched Operation Iron Gate to remedy insecurity in the state, just as the Otamiri Water Supply has been rectified for normal and regular supply of water to residents of the Owerri capital city and its environs.
He also listed the launching of an Agricultural Roadmap which he said represents a Comprehensive Framework for self sufficiency in food production, both for domestic consumption and for exports purposes.
Others, he said include: rebuilding sports facilities, strategic reforms to enhance investment, getting the pension process in the state right once for all, improved sustainable environmental sanitation exercise through regular clearance of refuse and de-silting of gutters with the State Environmental Transformation Commission, (ENTRACO) Restoration of Autonomy and integrity of the local government as well as promotion of quantitative education.
The governor who used the occasion to launch the first phase of the Chief Leo Stan Ekeh Entrepreneurship Support Program for the indigenes of the state appealed for continued cooperation and understanding from the people to enable him move the state forward.
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