More trouble seems to be brewing for Former govenror of Imo State, and Senator representing Orlu zone, Senator Rochas Okorocha, as the Senator Hope Uzodinma led Imo State Government have finally set up a committee charged with the responsibility of carrying out full implementing the report of the State Whitepaper on Land Use and Other Related charges.
The committee was set up at the Executive Council Meeting of Wednesday, March 31, 2021, which was presided over by Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Committee has the newly appointed Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning, Noble Atulegwu as the Chairman, with the Commissioner for Housing as Secretary, and had the Commissioner for Works, the General Manager ENTRACO, the General Manager OCDA amongst others as members.
The Committee was mandated to ensure total implementation of all aspects of the report submitted by the Judicial Panel of Enquiry, on Lands and other Related Matters.
Recall that the Hope Uzodinma administration, had already stated implementation of the Whitepaper on Lands and other Related Matters with the recovery of the former Eastern Palm University at Ogboko Ideato South Local Government Area, which has now been renamed the Kingsley Ozurumba Mbadiwe University, as well as the Royal Spring Hotel and Apartments at Akachi road in Owerri, belonging to the wife of the former governor, an episode, which saw Okorocha, arrested and paraded like a common criminal by the police.
With the formation of the committee, Okorocha and his family members, along with his political associates, mentioned in the 281 page report, now run the risk of losing every landed property earmarked in the report for recovery, or demolition by the state government.
Okorocha has already approached a court to stop the Hope Uzodinma administration, from foreclosing on his property, but it’ s unlikely if his move would bear fruit, as the recommendations were made in line with the city masterplan, and carried out by a judicial panel, which had a judge at the head.