- Governor Hope Uzodinma says he has halted the misappropriation and embezzlement of funds in one of the agencies in Imo
- The governor said about N800million has been saved from the Imo state Oil Producing Areas Development Commission
- Governor Uzodinma said such funds were meant for the development and growth of the oil communities
Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma says his government has saved about N800million within the last two months of his assumption of office.
Governor Uzodinma said the move is in a bid to stop continuous misappropriation and embezzlement of funds in the Imo state Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC).
The governor disclosed this at the palace of the traditional ruler of Mmahu community in Ohaji Egbema while meeting with stakeholders in oil-rich Ohaji Egbema local government area of Imo state.
He lamented the misappropriation of funds by the elites and leaders of the area, stressing that such funds were meant for the development and growth of the oil communities.
Governor Uzodinma said his administration will not support any anti-people policies, adding that he will ensure that monies and allocation meant for the people of oil-producing communities are judiciously used for the development of the area.
He further reiterated that his administration will continue to ensure that there's lasting peace in the oil-rich areas of Imo state.
Earlier, the traditional ruler of Mmahu community, in Ohaji Egbema, his royal highness Austin Iwuogu while commending the governor for his timely visit to the area, enumerated some of the challenges faced by the people of the community.
He appealed for the governor's intervention as quickly as possible to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.
Recall that Governor Uzodinma had on Sunday, March 1, charged Nigerians to support government’s efforts toward tackling insecurity in the country.
Uzodinma gave the charge in Abuja at the first 2020 Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
His words: “We should not politicise insecurity. We should rather buckle up, synergize and attack this menace and create an enabling environment that will allow our people to go about their businesses without molestation.
“We condemn the unnecessary attacks, the maiming and killing of our people; it is strange in our society, but now that it is here, we have to collaborate with the government because it is a combination of the efforts of government and that of the citizens that will end insecurity.
“Government is doing what they can do but a lot still needs to be done. We want the government to continue to do more to address the problem.
“Peaceful co-existence is very important and national integration is the framework upon which we have to drive our society because Nigeria belongs to all, irrespective of religions, ethnic or political affiliations.”
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