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Imo SEC approves N474bn appropriation for 2023 fiscal year

From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri

The Imo State Executive Council has approved an estimated N474 billion appropriation for the 2023 fiscal year.

Rising from its weekly meeting, the Council said Governor Hope Uzodimma is set to present the budget proposal to the House of Assembly for consideration.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the  Exco deliberations, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba said the Council also approved a proposal by the Governor to empower  25,000 Imo indigenes on Friday, December 16, an activity that would be followed by another empowerment of 27,000 people  next week.

He said government was making efforts to ensure the night landing facilities at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport are installed before the Christmas.

The idea, he added, is to enable Imolites coming from outside the country land at the state’s airport instead of going through the Port Harcourt airport.

In the same vein, he said Council noted with satisfaction that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that all the expenses incurred on Imo Airport by the State government in terms of infrastructure provision and renovation be refunded, including the amount the government is expending on the ongoing dualization of the roads to ease movement from Ngor Okpala to the airport.

However, he said government noted with regret the attack on expatriates handling the road constructions on the Owerri/Okigwe road and Owerri/Mbaise/ Umuahia road, noting that the kidnappers are detractors who don’t want the progress of Imo State.

To that effect,  government assured that all contractors will be given adequate security going forward and that the projects will go on unimpeded.

‘’Their plan is to stop the good works by Government and slow down the progress of the roads hence government has assured all contractors of increased security.”

On the recent promotions of the Civil Servants announced by Governor Uzodimma, Emelumba noted that the Exco approved that baring any hitch on documentations, all promotions affecting the Civil Servants are to be pay rolled  for December 2022 salary. 

The Council, he said, also decided that an all stakeholders meeting with the aim of reviewing the revenue and multiple levies in the transportation ministry and agencies in Imo State will be convened soon.

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