By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—Some communities in Imo State have continued to lament the alleged plan by the Imo State House of Assembly to merge communities that were not qualified to have autonomous status.
Investigations by Vanguard in Owerri, confirmed that some of the communities have allegedly mobilized their people to resist any attempt to strip them off their autonomous status or merge them with another community.
To achieve this, the Imo state House of Assembly, launched a committee for the revalidation of autonomous communities in the state.
Vanguard gathered that the committee was headed by Mr Arthur Egwim who is the committee chairman on Judiciary and Autonomous Communities.
The Speaker of Imo state House of Assembly, Mr. Acho Ihim, who inaugurated the committee gave his reasons that “as lawmakers entrusted with the responsibilities of making good laws, we hereby set up a committee to oversee the process of revalidation of communities.
“We have received different petitions on the issue of revalidation of autonomous communities and as a result of this, we want to use this opportunity to know how many of these communities have what it takes to be autonomous and how they got their autonomous status.”
But the arrangement did not go down well with the traditional rulers who said they would not accept the creation of more autonomous communities in the state.
According to the Imo state chairman of traditional rulers, HRH. Eze Samuel Ohiri, “The continued creation of autonomous communities have brought disrespect to the traditional institution in the state.
“We the Imo state traditional rulers have gathered and looked at it carefully and we cannot watch and see communities created without good reasons. This has brought disrespect to the traditional institution in the state.
“I want you to know that it is still the same House of Assembly that created these communities. But we have gathered to put a stop to the creation of more autonomous communities because we are not happy.”