(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – As part of his administration’s determination to bring quality development to the electorate, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo has signed two bills into law. While the first bill is meant to set up the Imo State Micro, Small and Medium Industries Development Agency and other related matters, the second bill is meant to set up a Bureau to coordinate, supervise and monitor projects executed by donors or development partners in Imo State and other related matters.
The cheering news was contained in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Oguwike Nwachukwu.
According to the statement, the objectives of the bills include, the empowerment of local artisans, specification of standards for them, and ensuring that products being delivered to the markets are not only hygienic but fit for human consumption.
Uzodinma stated that the bills were necessary for establishing a body to supervise local manufacturing, entrepreneurship skills, private sector-driven activity, and government intervention, adding that there was need for an agency that would supervise all interventions to ensure that they followed due process in their conception and execution.
Despite bemoaning the fact that past development initiatives by the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), French and other development partners, in the form of water, erosion control, rural developments, rural roads, failed to positively impact the people of state, the governor, however, admonished international development partners to continue investing in the development of the state as proper measures had been put in place to meet their development goals for the state.
The governor also commended the leadership of the House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the executive bills.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: The bills, when operational, will help engender the enabling environment for the development of Imo State. The agency that would be established (by the first bill) will help stimulate rural industrialisation, poverty alleviation and eradication, technology acquisition and adaptation, as well as job creation and sustainable livelihood, as well as regulate activities of micro, small, and medium scale industries in the state to ensure adherence to manufacturing standards.