Imo elders call for solution to insecurity

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By Chris Njoku, Owerri

Elders from Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru East have risen from a critical stakeholders’ meeting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, and passed a confidence vote on Governor Hope Uzodimma, saying that his efforts at bringing lasting peace to Imo State is commendable.

Operating under a Socio-Cultural Organisation tagged ‘Council of Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta, Oru East Supreme Elders’ Council,’ the elders also commended Uzodimma’s achievements so far in the state.

The group, in a communique signed by Uzoka Chukwuemeka and Justus Ojika, National Secretary and National Organising Secretary respectively, outrightly condemned the level of insecurity in Imo State in particular and Nigeria in general, and requested that an urgent solution be proffered to tackle the situation.

They called on all to sheathe their sword and embrace peace in the interest of Imo State in particular and the country at large.

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They appealed to Governor Uzodimma to create a Public Information Centre as a way of sharing information with the people of the state, “whereby he can be easily reached.”

Still on security, the elders appealed to the Governor to “convoke a pro-friendly security summit as a measure towards creating bridges among the security agencies, government and the people as a way of tackling insecurity.”

On Imo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (ISOPADEC), the elders appealed to the Governor to continue in his funding of the Commission through the creation of more people-oriented projects that can engage the youth meaningfully.

They requested Governor Uzodimma to draw the attention of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to the “visible marginalisation of Imo State in the mainstream of empowerment, employment and projects allocation programmes in NDDC.”

The elders appealed to the youth to embrace peace by allowing dialogue and non-violent approaches in resolving issues.

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“Imo is not known for killing, shedding of human blood or destruction of lives and properties but is rather known for hard work, industrialisation and hospitality,” they said.

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