Senator Rochas Okorocha representing Imo West, may be in trouble after Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State charged the newly inaugurated Implementation Committee of the White Paper On Lands And Related Matters.
Already a High Court in Owerri, the state capital, has ordered “final and absolute” forfeiture of contested properties linked to Okorocha, erstwhile governor of the state, to Imo State Government.
The properties are listed on 46 pages of the state government white paper on recovery of lands and properties belonging to Imo State.
Uzodinma appointed Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, who was relieved of his duty as the Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University (IMSU) by Okorocha during his reign as governor of the state, increasing the possibility of full implementation of the committee’s mandate.
Governor Uzodinma however gave the committee a charge to recover for Imo people all the assets gazetted in the Whitepaper as set out in the recommendations of the commission.
He gave the charge at Government House, Owerri, on Monday while inaugurating the committed
The Governor disclosed that the implementation of the Whitepaper can rightly be seen as a defining moment of the sacred contract between the government and Imo people.
According to the Governor, “With the inauguration of this Committee, the three mantras of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Recovery have further been amplified as a compass for the conduct of government business under my watch”.
Challenging the Committee to live up to expectation, the Governor reminded them that they have a sacred duty ahead of them which they must deliver to the very last letter.
“The Whitepaper on lands and related matters is unambiguous – it is now an established legal fact that lands and properties belonging to both the government and the people were illegally acquired or appropriated…This is so because all such illegal acquisitions were identified by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry… Government accepted these recommendations and thereabout issued a Whitepaper”, Uzodimma stated