Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday inaugurated a 135-member Elders Advisory Council to offer the government constructive criticisms from time to time.
According to PUNCH, Okorocha disclosed that the Elders were selected from each of the 27 local government areas of the state, saying that none of them is less than 70 years of age.
“The Elders Advisory Council must be independent. Members would always advise the government. It would equally offer the government constructive criticisms from time to time. That is why we have made the council to be independent. We had also taken time in the choice of the members of the council to ensure that they are not in partisan politics and do not have any strong affiliation with any of the political parties or politician. The essence is to ensure credibility in what they set out to do.
This is in line with our belief that elders are those who understand the past and have a clear view of the future. They are people who are in custody of history and what must be done to correct the mistakes of the past to bring improvements to the future.
Members of the council are not less than 70 years of age, who must have retired. The council comprises people of integrity, who would not be afraid to say the truth no mater whose ox is gored,” he said.
Okorocha urged the council’s members to restore the fallen integrity of the elders in the state by being brave and truthful in the discharge of their duties.
Dr. Edwin Onyewuchi was appointed as the chairman of the council, with Pat Abii as its secretary.