FG To Give Imo $120m For Livestock Programme, Says Uzodinma

A file photo of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

 

The Federal Government will soon release $120 million to Imo State to support the state government’s livestock programme.

Governor Hope Uzodinma disclosed this on Friday during a broadcast to mark the nation’s 61st Independence Anniversary in Owerri.

He noted that the state has also been earmarked to receive $850 million to be distributed among seven states.

“Another benefit from the visit (President Muhammadu Buhari) is that the Federal Government has graciously included Imo State as a beneficiary of its special Agric Processing Zone Project for Livestock farming,” he said.

“Out of the seven states in the country that will benefit from a Federal Government  $850 million for the programme, Imo State is number two! Consequently, a whopping $120 million will soon be released to our state for the livestock programme.”

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The governor explained that the Federal Government has also listed Imo as one of the states to benefit from a $1.4 billion facility secured from the World Bank for urban and rural water development.

Speaking on security, Uzodinma said relative peace has been recorded in the South-Eastern state under his administration.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies for their “invaluable support to the state government in tackling the worst form of banditry and criminality ever witnessed in the state.”

According to the Imo governor, everyone in the state is a witness to the “savagery and cannibalistic brutality that defined the regime of violence and criminality that enveloped the state for some months in the recent past.”

Uzodinma warned that his administration will not tolerate anybody that attempts to foment trouble in the state, vowing to crush criminal elements.

He called on people of the state to support the security agencies and government by providing useful information to flush out criminals from their hideouts.

“Anybody who attempts to disrupt the peace of the state again may not live to tell the story. That is why it is important for parents and guardians to rein in their children and wards as the security agencies have our directive to deal decisively with those who may be tempted to foment trouble again.

“I have just inaugurated a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the security breaches in the state and come out with recommendations on what government should do to ensure that there is no recurrence of such.

“I believe that both the perpetrators and their sponsors would be unmasked for Imo people to know their enemies. But all of us have a collective duty to protect our state against renegades,” he added.

Our Commitment To Nigeria’s Unity, Peace Is Irrevocable – Uzodinma

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, says his administration and the people of the state are committed to the peace of Nigeria.

He stated this on Thursday in a speech to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who visited Imo to commission some projects.

“Our commitment to the unity and peace of Nigeria is irrevocable,” the governor asserted in Owerri, the state capital.

He further stated that through inclusive governance, his administration has accommodated every Nigerian resident in Imo State.

President Muhammadu Buhari is flanked by Governor Hope Uzodinma during his visit to Imo State on September 9, 2021.

 

After reeling out a number of projects which his administration has embarked on, Governor Uzodinma said his aim was to build a “mini Nigeria” in his state, where everyone would have not only a sense of belonging but unfettered accommodation.

He assured the President that his administration remained sincere in its endeavours to satisfy the yearnings of the Imo people, within available resources.

The governor thanked President Buhari for honouring the invitation to commission the projects put together by the ‘Shared Prosperity Administration’.

He also relayed the appreciation of the people regarding the President’s intervention in fixing the security breach in the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari greets supporters during his visit to Imo State on September 9, 2021.

 

Problems At The Centre

On his part, President Buhari said he has seen enough to account for the good deeds of the governor, noting that he was fascinated by the strides even in the face of unforeseen circumstances.

“I have seen enough that justifies his (Uzodinma) integrity in making sure that he is working very hard to make sure that you get the structures necessary.

“I am very impressed by what he has done because I have gone through the same problems at the centre,” Buhari said.

He assured Imo residents that his government would keep encouraging the state within the provisions of the Constitution.

President Muhammadu Buhari holds up a pair of scissors before commissioning a project during his visit to Imo State on September 9, 2021.

 

While in Imo, President Buhari commissioned a balloon technology-driven underground tunnel with surface drainage (Chukwuka Nwoha), Naze Road, and Nekede/Ihiagwa Road.

Other projects he commissioned were the newly-built Exco Chambers within the Government House known as the Douglas House, and the Egbeada Bypass (Amakohia).

IPOB Has No Powers Over Imo People – Uzodinma

File photo of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma on Wednesday reacted to the recent IPOB sit-at-home order, maintaining that the secessionist group has no influence on indigenes of the state.

The governor told reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House that only his government can give an order mandating people to stay away from their work or businesses and expect obedience, the reason why normal activities have continued unabated in the state.

He said Imo State has become peaceful to the point that football matches now take place at night without fear,

He further advised Nigerians not to take laws into their hands even when aggrieved and protect the sanctity of the country.

 

APC Will Win Anambra Governorship Election – Uzodinma

 

Governor Hope Uzodinman of Imo State is optimistic that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.

Mr Uzodinma, who chairs the APC Anambra Governorship Campaign Council, said the bond within the APC and the milestones achieved by the party makes it a marketable brand – one whose manifesto the Anambra people will buy, thereby leading to a win at the polls.

“We are going there with a brand, an enviable brand that will be easy to sell, and by the grace of God, I think APC will win Anambra gubernatorial election come November 2021,” Uzodinma boasted on Tuesday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Speaking about the mandate given him by his party, Governor Uzodinma explained that his business was to do his best to see that the Anambra people can agree with the vision of the APC.

He noted that though the south-eastern state is currently being ruled by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the APC has a better name and is more functional and mobile than any other party in the country.

Governor Hope Uzodinma is confident that the APC will win the election.

 

According to Mr Uzodinma, the APC message will make the Anambra people swoon towards the party and the people will be convinced to go “into a new contract” which will lift them and bring development to their doorsteps.

In his opinion, a vote for the APC will “give the Anambra people the opportunity to once more belong to a national ruling political party in Nigeria”.

 

Petroleum Act Will Help Regulate Environmental Hazards

Governor Uzodinma also reacted to the signing of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it would help to regulate environmental hazards such as oil spillage.

“All the hazards that follow the production of oil, mostly environmental hazards, are as a result of the absence of regulatory environments,” he stated.

“These laws when put in place, will not only regulate the environment but will also create room for value addition both in the oil-bearing communities, the oil-producing companies, and government royalties. So, it is going to be a value chain. The benefits are going to be so enormous.”

The Governor commended President Buhari for assenting to the act, noting that it had been a struggle over the years.

Petroleum Act Will Help Regulate Environmental Hazards – Uzodinma

 

Governor of Imo State Hope Uzodinma has said that the signing of the Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 into law will help to regulate environmental hazards such as oil spillage.

“All the hazards that follow the production of oil, mostly environmental hazards, are as a result of the absence of regulatory environments,” he said on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Tuesday.

“These laws when put in place, will not only regulate the environment but will also create room for value addition both in the oil-bearing communities, the oil-producing companies and government royalties. So, it is going to be a value chain. The benefits are going to be so enormous”.

The Governor commended President Buhari for signing the bill into law, noting that it had been a struggle over the years.

“I must say that the enactment and signing to law of the Petroleum Industry Bill by Mr President is a very welcome development for which we must congratulate him.

“Recall that the past assemblies even before I joined the senate during the 7th National Assembly, made efforts to amend the Petroleum Act which was enacted in 1969 which also became analog but it has not been possible. That the President has been able to break this jinx is a welcome development for which we must congratulate him”.

The oil-producing states in Nigeria are Delta, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers, Edo, Ondo, Abia, Imo and Lagos.

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Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 (Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television)

 

According to a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina on Monday, the President signed the bill into law while in quarantine, after his arrival from the United Kingdom.

“The ceremonial part of the new legislation will be done on Wednesday, after the days of mandatory isolation would have been fulfilled,” the statement said.

The Petroleum Industry Act provides legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian petroleum industry, the development of host communities, and related matters.

The Senate had passed the bill on July 15 and the House of Representatives followed suit on July 16.

The act is expected to replace the obsolete Petroleum Act of 1969.

With the passage of the bill, three per cent will now be allocated to host communities from the oil companies in those communities.

The percentage has, however, remained a subject of heated debate with many saying it is too little.

The three per cent is different from the 13% derivation fund which is paid to oil-producing communities from the federation account.

Imo Govt Seals Rochas College In Owerri

 

A photo combination of Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma and Senator Rochas Okorocha.
A photo combination of Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma and Senator Rochas Okorocha.

 

The Imo State Government on Tuesday sealed off the premises of the Rochas Foundation College in Owerri.

The College is owned by former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha.

According to the state government, the College was sealed off to implement the recommendation on a white paper report by a Judicial Commission of Enquiry on Recovery of Lands and other related matters which alleged that Mr Okorocha had acquired the property illegally.

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Mr Okorocha, who is currently serving in the ninth Senate, was Governor of Imo State between 2011 and 2019.

In February, he was arrested by police for allegedly breaking into a government-sealed building in Owerri but was subsequently released.

He has denied any wrongdoing and accused current Imo state Governor Hope Uzodinnma of a witch-hunt.

Illegally acquired?

Tuesday’s seal-off was implemented by a task force set up by the state government to implement a judicial commission’s white paper recommendations.

According to the state government, the white paper report recommended that the state government should recover the property which, according to the state masterplan, was owned by the Imo State Broadcasting Corporation, serving as the staff quarters.

The Imo state government sealed off Rochas Foundation College on July 13, 2021.
The Imo state government sealed off Rochas Foundation College on July 13, 2021.

 

However, according to the state government, the staff were forcefully ejected and the property was illegally acquired by then Governor Okorocha to build his Rochas Foundation College.

Meanwhile, Okorocha has described the action of the state government as a political vendetta urging the Uzodimma-led administration to face governance and stop any vendetta mission against perceived opposition.

Speaking through his spokesperson Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha said the true position is that some part of the land was reallocated legally to Rochas Foundation by the Ministry of Land which followed due process.

According to Onwuemeodo, over 4,000 children from Imo state are enjoying free education in the school.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had also sealed off the premises in 2019.

Nobody Can Tell Me Why APC Should Not Win Next Election – Uzodinma

 

The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma says no one at moment can give him a reason why the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be reelected in the next general elections. 

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Uzodinma challenged Nigerians to give reasons why the ruling party should not win the 2023 polls.

Uzodinma said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has performed well and should be applauded.

While responding to a question of whether more governors from the Southeast would defect to the APC, the governor said, “Not just from the South-east, many governors in Nigeria will join the APC”.

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Imo APC Faction Expels Hope Uzodinma
A file photo of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

“Part of the problem of this government is the deliberate attempt by some group of people to pull (it) down.

“Because nobody is telling me that this government is not performing, that salaries are not being paid or that the roads are not being constructed or the railway is not going or the various intervention funds to empower our youths are not being given out.

“Nobody has come in concrete terms to accuse this government of one failure or the other. All we hear is that herdsmen and farmers are fighting and for that reason, 200 people are kidnapped. People are shot down there, people are killed there.

“What do you want the government to do? We must be realistic. I believe in pragmatism. I believe in doing things right. Can anybody come and tell me one, two, three, four reasons why this APC should not win in the next election?

“All I hear is that because of insecurity this, insecurity that. But you send people out in the night to go and cause trouble and use it in the day to blame the government,” the governor said in reference to the high rate of insecurity in the country.

‘I Alone Cannot Restore Security In Imo’

Speaking on the crisis in Imo state, Governor Uzodinma called on fellow leaders to join hands to bring an end to the insecurity in the state, noting that himself alone cannot restore security.

He appealed to all stakeholders including traditional rulers, religious leaders, and politicians, to engage more with the issues in order to engender peace in the country.

He also stated that former political office holders who have failed to speak out against the security crisis in the country have questions to answer.

According to him, if all leaders speak out condemning perpetrators of insecurity, a lot of changes would be visible.

“Anybody worth his onions as a leader should be able to speak out. How many of them are speaking out.

“How many of them are condemning what is going on. rather what you see is leaders fanning the embers of insecurity, the governor said.

He also stated that anyone found culpable in the destruction of government property would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

‘I Alone Cannot Restore Security In Imo’ – Uzodinma

 

The Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma has called on fellow leaders to join hands to bring an end to the insecurity in the state, noting that himself alone cannot restore security.

He made the appeal on Tuesday while addressing journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House.

Governor Uzodinma called on stakeholders including traditional rulers, religious leaders and politicians, to engage more with the issues in order to engender peace in the country.

He also stated that former political office holders who have failed to speak out against the security crisis in the country have questions to answer.

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According to him, if all leaders speak out condemning perpetrators of insecurity, a lot of changes would be visible.

“Anybody worth his onions as a leader should be able to speak out. How many of them are speaking out.

“How many of them are condemning what is going on. rather what you see is leaders fanning the embers of insecurity, the governor said.

He also stated that anyone found culpable in the destruction of government property would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

PDP, APC Trade Words Over Insecurity In Imo

 

A war-of-words has ensued in Imo State regarding the security situation which has continued to be a thing of great concern for the Imo people and Nigeria as a whole. 

Reacting to what it termed a continually degenerating situation, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday asked Governor Hope Uzodinma to resign.

The opposition party urged the governor to throw in the towel, arguing that he (Uzodinma) has failed to secure the lives and property of the Imo people.

At a conference in Owerri, the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Charles Ugwu, said the call has become necessary because of an evident lack of the capacity of the ruling party to guarantee the safety and security of lives and property in Imo.

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According to Ugwu, emerging developments suggest that the governor has no answer to the spate of killings in the state.

The PDP urged the Federal Government to set up a high-powered panel to investigate the actual cause behind the gruesome murder of former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak, which occurred in the state on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, the Imo State Government through the commissioner of information Declan Emelumba said the statement credited to the PDP over the present state of insecurity in Imo is a clear case of self-indictment of the party as the real perpetrators of the chaos.

Emelumba called on security agencies not to wait for any further evidence in arresting and prosecuting the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party in the state for fueling unrest.

He asserted that the PDP in several fora has made it clear that they will make the state ungovernable for Governor Uzodinma, adding that the recent happenings in the state are a clear manifestation of PDP’s plans which was escalated by the gruesome murder of Mr Gulak.

We Will Crush Anyone That Attempts To Attack Imo Again – Uzodinma

File photo of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has asked residents to ignore rumours of a planned attack, warning that his administration would crush anyone attempting to attack Imo people again.

He described reports making rounds that hoodlums were targeting some institutions and government facilities in the state as unfounded.

“Imo people and residents should go about their businesses without fear of molestation or harassment. What happened in the past weeks will never repeat itself again,” Uzodinma was quoted as saying via a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Oguwike Nwachuku.

“We will crush anybody that attempts to cause mayhem or attack Imo people again. Government cannot surrender to blackmailers, hoodlums and perpetrators of violence who have sworn to make the State ungovernable.”

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Speaking after a church service at the Government House Chaplaincy in Owerri, Governor Uzodimma said that such rumours were designed to put fears in the mind of Imo people and assured them that no such thing would happen.

He also seized the opportunity to reiterate his earlier stand that those perpetrating the violence and evil are mostly not Igbo people but hired machinery, insisting that the government under his watch will not allow those who visited mayhem on the people to operate again in the state.

Uzodinma reiterated that over 400 of those who carried out the threats on the state in the past have been arrested and undergoing trials in the courts, adding, “the good thing there is that over 70 percent of them are not Igbos.”

While enjoining Imo citizens to “feel free so long as you are not a criminal,” Uzodinma advised those planning to visit the state with any form of violence to have a rethink as “government is more than ever ready and prepared to keep Imo safe and secured.”

Those Behind Violence In Imo Will Be Exposed Soon, Says Uzodinma


 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, says security agencies are compiling a comprehensive report to reveal the sponsors of violence in the state.

He gave the hint on Wednesday when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today where he highlighted the government’s effort at restoring peace in Imo.

“I want to allow the security agencies to do their job and because the matter is still under investigation; I don’t want to pre-empt the investigations that are going on.

“But I can assure you that sooner than later, you will see a comprehensive report that will expose identities of those behind what has happened in Imo State and what is possibly happening in other states of the country,” the governor said.

He was reacting to the attacks on security facilities in the state, including the incidents at the Custodial Centre and Police Headquarters in Owerri, the state capital.

According to him, Nigeria is a federation and people can see the trend of crime and violence in various parts of the country.

Governor Uzodinma insisted that the present security challenges in Imo and some other states were being sponsored by those bent on bringing down the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government.

A file photo of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

 

‘Our National Treasure’

He alleged that some politicians were taking advantage of the security problems to score political points ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The governor stated that Nigerians would be shocked when the identities of the sponsors of violence were revealed, saying that would be done soon.

On the creation of state police, he faulted those blaming President Muhammadu Buhari as he argued that it was not in the President’s power to make that happen.

Governor Uzodinma said, “You don’t blame challenges of governance when it has to do with security on President Muhammadu Buhari because he is not the author of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“I was in the 7th Senate and we did everything to amend the Constitution to allow for state police, we carried out a public hearing but it was voted out. In the 8th Senate, we did everything to allow for state police, it was voted out.”

“President Muhammadu Buhari is not in the National Assembly and he cannot work outside the Constitution he has sworn to defend. If you want state police, call on the National Assembly to amend the Constitution to allow for the creation of state police.

“The President cannot amend the Constitution on his own and he cannot administratively create state police, he will be violating his oath of office. Let us not allow our selfish interests and ambitions blindfold us to the extent that we will do things that will destroy the country – that is our national treasure,” he added.

‘Think Twice And Save Our Country’, Uzodinma Tells Politicians ‘Sponsoring’ Violence

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has insisted that the violence in parts of the country were sponsored by those he described as aggrieved politicians.

He also asked politicians in the country to take responsibility as the government makes effort to tackle the security challenges in the country.

“I have said this times without number that the crisis that is happening today in Nigeria is sponsored,” said the governor who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.

He added, “I don’t want to pre-empt the investigation that we are carrying out currently but at the end of the day, when the report is ready, Nigerians will know the truth.

“I want to challenge those politicians who are aggrieved, who had the opportunity but could not deliver, to think twice and save our country because the unity and interest of this country are more important than any individual interest.”

In this file photo, a man is seen holding some guns tied together.

 

A New Government?

Governor Uzodinma alleged that the present security challenges in Imo and some other states were being sponsored by those bent on bringing down the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government.

He also claimed that some politicians were taking advantage of the security problems to score political points ahead of the 2023 general elections.

According to the governor, a comprehensive report is being compiled and Nigerians will be shocked when the identities of the sponsors of violence are revealed soon.

“What is happening in the country today, not only in Imo State, it not ordinary; from all indications, this is a sponsored programme by some people at it is targeted at the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC, and the whole idea is to discredit this government, whether rightly or wrongly with a view to coming up in 2023 to see how they can put in a new government,” he said.

Governor Uzodinma added “I want to say that politics must be played with some level of decorum, people must have consciences, people must do things with the fear of God.

“This government of President Muhammadu Buhari must be allowed to function… let us support him and build our country. This is the only country we have and we have no other country that we can call our own.”