Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has increased the suffering on his people as the recession bites hard.
Citing the need to replicate development in all 637 communities of Imo State, Governor Rochas Okorocha has directed all taxable adults in the 27 local councils to pay N3,000 as development levy.
He gave the directive at the weekend while inaugurating the state’s Development Council and presenting adult registers to government representatives in Owerri, urged the people to face current challenges and pay for their benefits, adding that every taxable adult must register.
House of Assembly Speaker, Acho Ihim, reminded the audience of the Imo State Traditional Rulers and Autonomous Law which mandates that a community must have a minimum population of 2,000 for it to be recognised by government.
The Commissioner for Community Government, Culture and Traditional Affairs, Innocent Eke, said the Community Government Council (CGC), put in place by the current administration, had decentralised power and empowered communities, as the people now participate in the management of their affairs.
The chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Sam Ohiri, assured execution of the order.
This is coming at a time many Nigerians because of the hard economic recession has forced prices of goods and services to skyrocket and many cannot afford a good meal.