By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
The Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, has signed into legislation a invoice, Licensing and Control of Oil Mills, to checkmate the vandalisation of oil palm bushes in addition to to regulate the institution of oil mills in Imo state.
Vanguard gathered in Owerri, that the governor stated that the legislation would amongst different issues improve the income of the state.
Another invoice which the Uzodinma’s administration signed into legislation was the Autonomous Community, Traditional Rulers and Other Matters Law, which now has bestowed on the governor the facility to nominate chairman, Imo state conventional rulers council, which has been the apply.
With this legislation, it has repealed the Community Government Council, CGC, legislation, initiated by former governor Rochas Okorocha, which Uzodinma, stated turned conventional rulers into politicians going about campaigning for votes to be chairman of the council.
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For the governor, “The invoice on Licensing and Control of Oil Mills, when absolutely utilized, will contribute in no small measure to the financial development of Imo State. He stated that the legislation will examine vandalism of oil palm in Imo State, particularly the Adapalm and its environs in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area.
“The law will checkmate the excesses of vandals who pilfer the oil palm fruits in some government-owned palm plantations. He insisted that for one to establish an Oil Mill, one must register with the Ministry of Agriculture, which will demand to know the sources of the oil palm fruits that will be milled.”
On the advantages of the legislation on conventional establishment in Imo, the governor stated: “The legislation is supposed to repeal the draconian Community Government Council (CGC) legislation, which had made conventional rulers politicians in disguise, by permitting their management to marketing campaign for votes to be elected as Chairman or Secretary.
“The new legislation which is a reference to the outdated custom has vested on the Governor the precise to nominate the Chairman and Secretary of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers.
“The same law makes it mandatory for every traditional ruler to live within his domain and take full control of his kingdom, those who are not prepared to do so must pass the Traditional Institution to their brothers or relations.”
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