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Charles Ugwuh Kicks Off Imo PDP Youths Football Tournament



The State Chairman, Peoples Democratic Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, Engr. Charles C. Ugwuh, OON Saturday, November 7, 2020 kicked off the maiden edition of the Imo PDP Youths Football Championship for youths across the local government areas of the State.

The event, which was held at the standard football field of All Saints Anglican Church, Egbu Owerri, was organized by Party and coordinated by the Office of the State Youth Leader and the State Organizing Committee (SOC) for the championship.

Indeed, Hon. Greg Nwadike GOC, the State Youth Leader, Imo PDP and Mr Kelechi Eke, the SOC Chairman packaged a very good and colorful opening ceremony for the championship.

There was a match passed by the teams from the local government areas. There were displays by Imo PDP Babes of the Office of the State Youth Leader. There was a novelty match between Team Imo PDP Babes, which had Arc Chinomso Odoemenam as Captain and Team Imo PDP Women Leaders, which had Hon. Chief Mrs. Maria Mbakwe as Captain.

There was the opening ceremony match between Team Orlu Zone and Team Owerri, which ended in a 2-2 draw. The two sides comprised real youths of the Party that exhibited real talents in the game of football. It was an entertaining match to signal the commencement of a maiden edition of the championship. Draws for the teams were drawn and teams from the various local government areas paired and matched to trade tackles among themselves in the coming days and weeks.

In addition to the august presence of the State Chairman, Engr. Charles C. Ugwuh, OON, the other members of the State Working Committee, including Sir Martin Ejiogu, State Deputy Chairman; Hon. Nze Ray Emeaña, State Secretary; Nze Sir Law Biaduo, State Organizing Secretary; Mrs. Maria Mbakwe, State Women Leader; Barr. Chibuisi Obido, Assistant State Vice Chairman (Imo West Senatorial District); Hon. Greg Nwadike GOC, State Youth Leader; and Ogubundu Nwadike, State Publicity Secretary.

Also conspicuously present at the opening ceremony were Imo PDP LGA Chairmen. Imo PDP Zonal and LGA Women Leaders.

Significantly, some notable leaders of the Party, very important personalities and dignitaries, including Chief Analyn Nwaneri, High Chief Dr. Summers Vitus Nwokie (Ikuku 1), Hon. Nze Okey Umez-Eronini, Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, who provided kits for the championship; Chief Onyekachi Amuchie, and many others.

On the whole, the turnout for the opening ceremony was quite impressive. It must have everything to do with the high value and general understanding of the roles of sports, and particularly football, in grooming the lives of youths, who are the indisputable leaders of tomorrow. Sports is one good way for developing talent, character, teamwork, and endurance required for the proper functioning of the youths in the wider society. And sports must be encouraged for youths to properly galvanize and harness their full potentials, and keep them out of anti-social conducts and activities.

Imo PDP has blazed the trail in providing a formal healthy football competition for youths across Imo State. It is believed that the immediate and remote benefits for organizing the championship will be achieved by the time it ends, and going forward.

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Insecurity: Hotel Business Dying In Imo, As Banks Go After Mgts Over Loans



Insecurity: Hotel Business Dying In Imo, As Banks Go After Mgts Over Loan

Except Imo State Government succeeds in its efforts to restore normalcy in the state, the Hotel businesses which flourishes in Imo would become a thing of the past.

Investigation carried out by Lead revealed that most of the popular Hotel owners and management have cut drastically down the number of their workers following their inabilities to pay back the loans collected from banks caused by low patronage occasioned by insecurity in Imo.

Imo State in the recent times has been on the news over attacks by unknown gunmen and the security agents in the bid to restore peace were said to have killed some innocent persons, an act which crippled night clubs and other activities.

Speaking with Weekend Lead, the owner of one of the Five Star Hotels in Imo appealed with Imo state government to come to their aide, pointing out that some of the banks in the state are after them, demanding for payment of Loans which he said was over-due for payment but following the low patronage of Hotels occasioned by insecurity, the management of Hotels are unable to pay back. 

The said Hotel owner who chose to speak on the guise of anonymity told Lead that at their Union level, the Hospitality Management in Imo had gone to the Imo State Commissioner of Police to interact with him on the best way to improve on the security to enable them revive their businesses which he said is at the comatose state adding that with the state of insecurity in Imo, Hotels hardly have customers as people have boycotted night lives and other social activities.

He decried how Imo which is known for its hospitality industry in the nation is losing grips over insecurity adding that it is also affecting the IGR as well as the working population of the state. 

Also Read; Imo Security Challenges: Akajiugo Calls For Collective Fight

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Imo Security Challenges: Akajiugo Calls For Collective Fight



… Urges Leaders TO Sheath Sword

… Backs Government Peace Moves.

Given the Security challenges which hitherto have to a reasonable extent grounded the economy of Imo State, one of the chieftains of the All progressives Congress in the State, Prince Joseph Okwara, Akajiugo of Umuna has called on both the political leaders, heads of various religious groups, Traditional Rulers amongst others to see the situation as a serious one which must be tackled head long.

This is even as he appealed with political leaders to sheath their sword and unite against insecurity which he described as an ill wind that blows no one any good.

In a press release signed by Okwara himself and made available to weekend Lead, he expressed gratitude to the Imo State Government led by Governor Hope Uzodinma on the continued efforts to ensure that peace returns in Imo which he described as the only State we have.

Prince Okwara, a business Mogul cum politician who used the medium to condemn the call on the Governor by the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party to resign his seat charged the leaders of the party not do play politics with what he termed a ‘sensitive’ issue.

Imo State chapter of the PDP had few weeks ago, called on Uzodinma to resign his seat as Governor, accusing him of incapacity to provide the State with adequate security, a statement which had received various condemnation in Imo and beyond.

Describing a peaceful State as that which breeds development, Akajiugo called on those behind the destruction of Government Institutions in the State to desist pointing out that such would only retard the development of the State as well as deplete our population.

He further used the forum to call on the security agencies to toe the line of professionalism in the discharge of their noble duties of protection of lives and properties and not the other way round.

Also Read: Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms

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Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms



… Calls on Imo people to exercise patience

… Describes Governor as committed leader.

Following the calls on the leadership of the Shadow Government, a pressure group that constructively critices the Governments at all levels over its sudden silence on the activities of the Imo state Government led by senator Hope Uzodinma, the body has finally given reasons for the said silence.

In a press release signed by the president of the group, Dr Anthony Iroegbu Njoku and made available to Lead Express, he revealed that shadow Government as a pressure group only speaks when the need arises particularly when the Government’s policies both at the federal and states are anti people adding that its silence after its report few months ago on Imo which attracted varying reactions from the Government and individuals is not out of fear or any other reason rather has been studying the Government’s policies and its style of governance to enable the group point succinctly the strength as well as the weakness of the government.

Iroegbu while marshalling out the reasons revealed that though Uzodinma may not have lived upto the people’s expectations one hundred percent but he is indeed committed and desirous of moving the state forward.

Dr Iroegbu who contested the 2019 Governorship seat of Imo state revealed that Uzodinma has good intentions but given the enormous challenges both man made and naturally made now slow down the required speed adding that two months to his assumption of office as the Governor of Imo state, the covid 19 virus hit the world which until now, is still ravaging the universe.

Iroegbu popularly known and addressed as Omenuko noted that while Imo and the World in general are still battling the effects of the covid-19, Uzodinma was struck with another but an unavoidable distraction from the Okorocha’s political dynasty of alleged converted Imo properties which almost resulted in open combat between the loyalists of senator Okorocha and the Appointees of the state Government.

While that was on, Unknown gunmen started causing havocs in the state which included destruction of Owerri Correctional Centre, the Imo state police command amongst others.

Iroegbu further revealed that the series of attacks both in Orlu by yet to be identified gunmen which led to loss of lives and properties, Ihitte Uboma,Oguta amongst others at the formation of the Uzodinma’s administration are capable of distracting a focused and determined Government yet Uzodinma to a reasonable extent is committed in moving the state forward, he said.

He advised him to look into the poverty in the state with a view of solving it.

He however appealed with Imo people to exercise a little patience with the Governor assuring that he is likely going to take Imo to that Promised Land.

He used the medium to call on those responsible for the said attacks to cease adding that Imo does not belong to Uzodinma but for all of us hence all we still suffer the pains of the destruction of the Government institutions in Imo.

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