IMO StateImo State Governor has charged the newly inaugurated traditional rulers in the State to help speed up development in their communities through participation in agriculture.

Governor Rochas Okorocha stated this at Imo International Convention Centre Owerri when he presented staff of office to 16 elected traditional rulers as well and issued them with certificate of recognition.

The Governor called on the royal fathers to shun acts capable of bringing indiscipline shame to their thrones and the state.

He pointed out that no law of the State recognized the position of President-General but Secretary General under community Government Council (CGC) with traditional rulers as Chairmen.

According to Governor Okorocha, no community can grow without CGC and debunked the rumour making the rounds that State Development Council (SDC) would take over CGC.

The Governor used the opportunity to announce that the State would use the Paris Fund to clear all the pension arrears and urged the traditional rulers to identify fake pensioners in the community.

He further enjoined community leaders to advice their people to stop clamouring for Biafra especially the IPOB which he said would bring disunity in the country.

Speaking after the inauguration, the new traditional ruler of Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area, Eze Joe Anika said he was happy that peace had come to stay after 19 years without a traditional ruler in the community.

Eze Anika who retired as an Assistant Director News, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) noted that his community would experience justice with the fear of God.

Similarly, a new traditional ruler in Mgbidi Community, Eze Paul Umunna, expressed joy for the restoration of peace in the community and noted that Mgbidi had stayed for a decade without a traditional ruler.

The Governor used the occasion to commiserate with the family who lost the loves ones during building collapse in Owerri.