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Community Demands Elected Town Union

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 By Christian Emeka  Awka

Whereas every society is democratising its governance, Nkpor community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state seems to be moving in the opposite direction as the town had been ran by an Interim Management Committee (IMC) for over eight years now. The tenure of the IMC was recently extended again, thus sparking protests in the town.

The traditional ruler of the town, His Royal Highness (HRH), Igwe Christopher Ibegbunam II (Eze Nkpor) appealed to the Anambra State Government to as a matter of public importance reconsider the IMC and support the community’s plan to install a democratically elected leadership.

Igwe Ibegbunam called on Governor Willie Obiano not to recognise the Chief Ngozi Anyakora-led IMC, saying that the IMC had caused much agony and distrust in the community. He said they are anxious to elect a substantive town union, saying that he should not held accountable should there be a breakdown of law and order in the area in the event the state government ignore the appeal from the traditional institution and the community leaders for a democratically elected leadership.

According to the Igwe, the continued recognition of the IMC and elongation of its tenure amounted to an outright denial of the community’s inalienable right to determine and elect substantive leaders of the town union.

He said the continued existence of the IMC had created mistrust and disaffection in the area, resulting to bottled-up anger that is capable of causing breakdown of law and order.

In a press statement issued by the Palace on last week Tuesday, Igwe Ibegbunam said that he had advised the state government in his capacity as the Chief Security Officer of Nkpor to cease recognition of the IMC. He pointed out that a vote-of-no confidence had been passed on the IMC on December 20, 2014 at the Nkpor General Assembly meeting observed by the Igwe-in-Council.

He said that the community had already concluded arrangements to conduct a town union election to usher in a democratically elected Nkpor Development Union (NDU) tentatively scheduled to hold either on July 4 and July 11, 2015, adding that it is now left for the state government to come and monitor the exercise because “the people have spoken and have paid N100, 000 for its monitoring”.

Igwe Ibegbunam contended that the IMC had run the affairs of the community dictatorially to their self interest without consultations and have also refused to give financial account of monies that had accrued to the community.

According to him, disaffection among members of the IMC and failure to live up to the four-point term of reference given to them by the state government when it was set up in February, 2008 made the zealous and patriotic members of the IMC to withdraw.

He said that having paid the prescribed N100, 000 election fees to the Anambra state government and also having discontinued the suits in court regarding the election, as directed by the state government there was nothing that inhibited the conduct of the election.

The Igwe added that they would resist with the last drop of their blood, any attempt by the IMC to continue to perpetuate itself in office without recourse to the tenets of democracy.

When Daily Independent contacted a member of the IMC on telephone, he declined comments, saying that it was left for the state government to determine the next line of action to be taken on this issue.

The Commissioner for Local government, Chief Greg Okonkwo also would not comment but told our Correspondent to contact either the Idemili North Local Government or the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters.

The situation in Nkpor is so dicey that if the state government did not handle it well, crisis may erupt any moment as youths are gearing in that direction but are held back by the elders and the Monarch.