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Nwike Dares FG, Boycotts Presidential Invitation Over Imo Oil Wells



Rivers State Government under the governorship of Nwike has boycotted the invitation by the Federal Government to discuss the allegation of Imo State government that some of the oil wells belonging to the state are being controlled by the government, of Rivers.

Governor Hope Uzodinma had a few months ago, written to the Federal Government, asking for boundaries adjustment between Imo State and its sister state, the Rivers, accusing the government of collecting revenues accrued to Imo government.

The Federal Government in the interest of peace had invited the surveyors of the two sister states and that of the Federation for a meeting which the Rivers invitees reportedly did not honor.

Palpable fear is said to have gripped River State as the state government failed to appear before the National Boundary Commission in Abuja on the scheduled date, Thursday, August 6, following the intensified efforts by the government of Imo State led by Governor Hope Uzodimma towards recovering oil wells lost to the neighboring state.

On its part, the Imo State  Government on Thursday appeared before the Commission and submitted sensitive documents to the Commission, including the Survey Plan of the state.

The documents were submitted to the National Boundary Commission in the presence of the

Surveyor-General of the Federation, Surveyor Samuel Adeniran, and the Director-General of the National Boundary Commission, Surveyor Adaji Adamu.

Imo State and her neighboring Rivers State are in a protracted battle over oil wells belonging to the state but for which Rivers State receives a monthly allocation and other benefits.

Sources disclosed that the Rivers State Government had frustrated previous efforts to resolve the issue, but with the intensified efforts of the Uzodimma led government towards recovering the oil wells, Rivers State is said to be in fear that Imo State is most likely going to get the oil wells back.

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof Placid Njoku, who is also the Chairman of the Imo State Boundary Commission, led a delegation to submit sensitive documents to the National Boundary Commission in Abuja on Thursday on behalf of the state government.

The delegation included the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr C.O.C Akolisa, the Special Adviser and Coordinator Oil and Gas, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah, Oil and Gas expert, Dr. Chioma Njoku, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Survey and Physical Planning, Surveyor Uzoma John, and the Surveyor-General of the State, Surveyor C.A.P. Anele.

The Deputy Governor urged the National Boundary Commission to rise to the occasion and give justice to the people of Imo State who have suffered untold hardship over the years as a result of the brazen denial of their God-given wealth which should have been used for their development but had been in the hands of the wrong state instead. 

Lending his voice, the SA and Coordinator Oil and Gas, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah, urged the National Boundary Commission to ensure that Rivers State attends the next meeting, stressing that the timetable earlier prepared for the submission of documents by the two states should be reviewed.

In an interview with our correspondent at the end of the meeting, Opiah said that Governor Hope Uzodimma was determined to recover all the lost oil wells lost to neighboring states. He said it amounted to a grave injustice that oil wells belonging to the state were in the hands of another state while the true owners of the wealth wallow in penury.

According to him, the loss of the oil wells to neighboring states was part of the reasons for the low production of oil by the state, expressing optimism that the state was on the right track towards recovering the lost oil wells.

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Mbaise leaders roll out drums for APC



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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



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.”

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



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. 

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