…accuses S’East Legislators as being weak
… call for an end to transactional leadership
The governor of Imo State,Rochas Okorocha has come under the harmer of Civil Society Organizations operating in the South-East region describing the Rescue Administration as an “unmitigated disaster and total shame”
According to the group consisting of seventeen(17) Civil Society Organizations(CSO) involved in human rights and good governance and led by Mr Emeka Umeagbalasi, who is incidentally the Chairman Board of Trusttees of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law declared the governance in the South-East region is at a low position due to absence of visionary leadership.
Addressing a gathering of CSOs and others in Onitsha Anambra State recently while presenting a twenty two(22) page paper entitled “The best and the worst in south east Nigeria: A comprehensive review of good governance in the geopolitical zone dating to the second republic among other burning national issue.” the leader of the coaliation, Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi, states that the governors of the region have failed in good governance and visionary leadership.
The report as presented placed Abia State as the fourth as according to the authors Abia had serialy produced governors in performance.
Hear what the text read: “It is therefore no longer news and new that good governance and charismatic leadership have eluded the Southeast Zone. The zone is now shackled by transactional governance and chronic bad leadership.
“As a matter of fact, corridors of power in the Southeast are now majorly under the grip of The Anarchists. Art of governance has become transaction of businesses in the corridors of power and shameless display of political rascality and immorality.
” Many, if not most of the legislators in the Geopolitical zone are no longer legislating and checkmating the executives for good governance and public good, but transacting by cornering public funds into moveable and immoveable investments. Use of public funds for public good is now strange and has become a thing of the past in the zone. Many, if not most state and Federal House legislators in the Southeast Zone now operate or own private revenue windows and task forces.”
On Anambra state,the group pointed out that the state’s good governance record was “dented by a certain governor who ran a single term”.
While lamenting “the near total, if not total collapse of good governance and visionary leadership in the South East zone”the coaliation urges the state governors in the South-East region to stand-out by being alive to their constitutional responsibilities.
The CSOs further said in the text: ” Part of what aided bad leadership in the zone was the legislatures which abdicated their roles of checkmating the executives for good governance and concentrating on cornering public funds to buy movable and immovable investments.
“From the second Republic to date, Chief Sam Mbakwe of old Imo state, Chief Jim Nwobodo of old Anambra state and Mr. Peter Obi of Anambra stood out as former governors whose performances were excellent.
“Within the zone, Chief Rochas Okorocha of Imo state stood out as the “worst serving governor, while Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju of Anambra state (1999-2003) Chief Orji Uzor Kalu and his successor Chief Theodore Orji of Abia State belonged to worst past governors.
“South East governors should be proactive and efficient in strengthening the internal and external security of the zone against well oiled and coordinated widespread violent attacks against Christian population and their churches by the terror Fulani herdsmen.
“The governors must stop supporting measures that are against Igbo interest such as cattle colonies and insisting in making inputs into security arrangement in the region.
” The governors should ensure that the zone gets its share of federal resources, appointments and infrastructural developments and that South East is factored into the new national railways policy as well as comprehensive reconstruction of all federal roads in the zone.”
The coaliation as part of their suggestations to boasting the developmental pace in the region states that the zone needs a standard international Sea Port and bridge linking Ogwu-ikpele in Ogbaru local council of Anambra and Ndoni in Rivers State.