Imo moves to tackle insecurity in two oil-producing LGs
Worried by the insecurity and related problems in two oil-producing councils (Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta), Imo State government has fixed a stakeholders’ security summit for October 25.
To actualise this, the deputy governor, Gerald Irona, at the weekend, inaugurated an 11-man organising committee led by the Special Adviser (Security) to the Governor, Ray Nkemdirim, urging the members to justify the confidence reposed in them by the state.
According to him, the essence of the summit was to interact closely with the stakeholders to proffer solution to the challenges, which had led to loss of lives and property in the troubled areas.
He warned the youths causing trouble in the area to desist from such, as Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s administration was determined to descend on criminals in the state.
The deputy governor condemned the continued involvement of some youths of the state in criminal activities, reiterating the commitment of the Ihedioha administration to make the state safe for all.
His words: “The Imo State government identified some flashpoints in the state. Principal among them are Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta councils. Co-incidentally, that is where we have oil facilities in Imo and the state government puts premium on the protection of oil installations, while also ensuring the protection of lives and property.
“We are working on re-jigging the security architecture to address the security challenges effectively. Prominent among the criminal activities the present administration inherited in the area are: kidnapping, oil bunkering, banditry, rape, robbery and proliferation of arms. Most of the boys have shown the tendency to repent, while some are recalcitrant.
“Stakeholders appealed to the governor for approval to re-jig the security architecture of the area. His Excellency has graciously approved a security summit for the area and the summit is scheduled for October 25, 2019.”
“The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, who also chairs the organising committee, has been engaging stakeholders to that effect.”
Responding, Nkemdirim, assured the deputy governor of the readiness of his committee to make the summit successful.
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