By Angela Nkwo-Akpolu, Owerri
The Governor-elect of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha has assured that his government will reclaim all illegally acquired lands and properties acquired by Governor Rochas Okorocha, saying the right things must be done.
Ihedioha made the disclosure at his maiden press parley as the Governor-elect at his Owerri residence.
The Governor-elect also said that he will retrieve all the lands acquired illegally by the outgoing government and hand it over to the rightful owners legally.
Ihedioha said his government will partner the judiciary and state assembly to ensure things are done constitutionally.
The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives said he will set up a transition committee team which will collate and collect information on the current state of affairs of Imo State, adding that they will “recommend the structure of his government, translate his campaign promises into actionable executive and legislative policies with clear time lines.”
The Governor-elect lamented over the level of decay of the State under Governor Okorocha, noting that the redemptive work starts immediately.
He warned officials of the State government, and banks against any illegal financial transactions with the State Government, saying they will be doing so at their own peril.
“I warn all those who may be tempted to do illegal last-minute transaction with the outgoing government, particularly financial institutions, which may result in further burdening the state with unsustainable liabilities that they will be doing so at their own peril,” he said.
Ihedioha maintained that reclaiming the dignity of the State is top priority even as he assured that the State will no longer be the laughing stock of Nigeria as only positive, productive and progressive stories will be told of the new Imo, saying “Imo has always been known for the right things, with a huge reservoir of human capital waiting to be exploited for the great leap forward”.
Further, he assured that his administration will be an all-inclusive one, open, transparent and accountable government with due process as its hallmark, saying “I believe strongly that those in positions of authority must render account of their stewardship to the people. The era of brazenness in Imo State is gone.”