Civil Society groups in Imo State are backing the government’s move to recover stolen property belonging to the government, it was learnt.
The groups, after a meeting at the Links Hotels in Owerri, urged Governor Emeka Ihedioha to track and recover money diverted from the state’s treasury.
They, however, frowned against the use of violence in the recovery process.
Spokesperson and Chief Executive of Society for Widows and Orphans Dr. Jane Chukwukere, and co-spokesperson/National Team leader of Next Generation Leadership Initiative Ugochuckwu Onwuasonya enjoined the government to plough the recovered money into the state’s economy.
They said: “The body opines that measures taken to pay pension arrears should be sustained so the people can rejoice. The civil society coalition is an aggregate of over 100 organisations …facilitated by the Coalition Committee.
“We congratulate the present administration and our governor for …reviving the hope of Imolites through the steps taken to conduct local government elections within six months, thus returning power to the people. We pledge our commitment to ensure the success of the councils.
“We commend the government for introducing the Treasury Single Account (TSA), and call on the government to extend this to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as the councils. We also laud the government for initiating the Imo State Participatory Budget System and ask that it be sustained…”