Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has warned all traditional rulers in the state that failure to collect a 3,000 naira ($9.51) “development levy” from every adult in their communities would result in the monarch being stripped of their title.
Okorocha last month directed all adults to pay the levy and put traditional rulers in charge of enforcing the directive.
The governor, in a meeting on Tuesday this week, made the threat to the kings, insisting that a failure to collect the compulsory levy would not only mean a loss of title, but also result in the community losing its “autonomous” status. It was not quite clear to Naijiant.com what benefits accrued from such a status.
However, many poor Imo State indigenes have lamented about the amount being demanded, considering those on the state payroll have not been paid for months, state pensioners have not received their money for over a year, and there is widespread hardship across the state as many struggle to cope with the nationwide recession.