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

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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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Mbaise leaders roll out drums for APC

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…Select Alozie apex leader.

The  IMC Chairman for Ezinihitte Mbaise Local government Council ,Chief Francis Samuel Onyeberechi  has unveiled renewed efforts in depleting  decent and responsible Political Eggheads amongst the Opposition  Parties in the Area.   

Speaking at an enlarged Leadership / Stakeholders extra ordinary meeting of Ezinihitte Mbaise APC , Hon  Francis- Samuel  Onyeberechi  stated that Sen. Hope Uzodinma‘s resolve to run an all inclusive and Purposeful governance has propelled a Formidable Force that is reducing the  number of opposition Parties in the LGA.

He noted with satisfaction the emergence of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Barrister Loui Alozie as the apex  Leader of APC for Ezinihitte Mbaise and Supports of Many Sons like comrade Franklyn Edede and others.

    The new Apex Leader, who has being a community leader of note  stated that his emergence can never be a burden as the trust and  Confidence bestowed  is an added Challenge to lead a Political Party in a Democracy to aggregate divergent Views  and agreements  towards restoring  Unity amongst Political Stakeholders.

He described Imo state as being Lucky with a leader that is broad minded, ready to accommodate and develope the state.

In his words, “this is the desire that has made me Join the APC so as to attract more govt attention and Patronage for Ezinihitte Mbaise since we are the Least developed amongst the Mbaise nation”.

The event was a gathering of Political “who is who” with Leaders as ; High Chief Dr. Charlton Ugochukwu  Osuagwu,  ( Kpakpando) Chiefs Basil Ogwunga,  Frank Erivo,  Chief Osondu, Charles Ekechukwu  ,  Dr. Agbasonu,. Prof. Uhuegbu, Hon. Stanley former APC Chairman, Chief C.C Nwachukwu.,Bon  Oguh, Prince Ugochukwu  Osuji from Amumara , Ezeakachi  Irem ,Lady Rose Nwosu ,Woman Leader ,Chief Charles Kelechi Amuzie who was elected deputy apex Leader and many others .

   Chief Mark Adindu , Local govt APC Chairman who also addressed the People could not hide his feelings as he described the gathering as a revolution expanding beyond bounds with notable sons and daughters of the LGA.

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Uzodinma hails security agents for capturing oil fraudsters

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Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has commended the security agencies for bursting illegal oil bunkering syndicates operating in the State, describing the effort as a major breakthrough.

He said by uprooting members of the syndicate from their base and dismantling their illegal refineries, the security operatives are helping to restore confidence in those doing genuine businesses and contributing to the development of the society.

The Governor spoke when he visited the headquarters of the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) in Owerri on Monday to assess the quantity of petroleum products seized from the suspects s well as the persons caught by the security operatives in relation to the oil bunkering and illegal refining of crude.

The Governor noted that illegal oil bunkering and refineries has of late been on the increase, regretting that the activities have caused serious economic dent on the Federal Government and by extension, the State Governments revenue.

The Governor said: “The consequences of these illegal practices have been that the federal revenue has gone down so much, the State revenue, also by extension, has equally gone down.”

The Governor said that the offence of illegal oil bunkering and refining is a very serious one, noting that “apart from being a national economic sabotage it has not helped matters in the determined efforts to reduce crime in the southern part of the country.”

Governor Uzodimma recalled that oil companies have of late bore the brunt of the nefarious activities of the operators of illegal refineries and those vandalizing oil pipelines and stealing crude oil in Nigeria.

He therefore reassured that “Government will do her best to continue to go against those in the illegal business to help conserve Federal Government revenue and by extension, that of the State, and as well bring sanity to the operating environment of oil companies in Nigeria.”

He expressed joy that so far the efforts of government and the security agencies in partnering to sanitize the environment against crime and criminality is yielding positive result.

The Governor pointed out that members of the syndicate were “caught on their various places of operations where they were practicing their activities on the various illegal deport they established for the refined oil.”

He explained that the value of what was found on members of the gang in terms of naira and kobo is huge and runs into “hundreds of millions of naira.” 

“The reassuring good news is that the culprits have confessed to the crime because they were caught in the act,” the Governor explained.

The Governor therefore thanked the security agencies “for a job well done” and enjoined them “not to relent”

He also urged the public to be vigilant and report any case of illegal practice “be it in oil or other security breaches to the security agencies for prompt action.”

Also Read; Nawao! dissolved Imo appointees sit tight at offices

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Jubilation in “Kpakpando” family over Izunaso’s call to Bar

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Members of Political family of Senator Osita Izunaso the Kpakpando have been thrown into jubilation as their Principal; Izunaso was yesterday called to Nigeria Bar. 

Some of the supporters of the Senator who spoke to Weekend Lead expressed gratitude to God for a successful completion of his studies included, Ford Ozurumba, Prince Nixon Okwara, Barr Jude Oduoma, Chief Jonas Edom amongst others.

Describing Izunaso as an accomplished politician, Ozurumba and Oduoma revealed that his coming out in flying colours both in the law school and the university have proved him as a determined personality.

They however prayed to God to grant him good health in his future endeavors. 

Also Read;   Nawao! dissolved Imo appointees sit tight at offices

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