…Uyaeme, Ughalaa make list
By Stanley Okehie
Special Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodinma on Petroleum and Gas Matters, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Opiah has sworn-in members of Imo State Committee on Local Content Compliance, with a charge to develop the oil producing areas of the State. The swearning-in ceremony held yesterday, January 19, 2021 at Concorde Hotel Owerri, Imo State.
Speaking at the occasion, Opiah informed that the Committee members were important to Imo people as they were chosen based on integrity.
The former Speaker who said Imo State hosts the greatest number of oil companies in Nigeria, however, regretted that their presence is yet to be felt by the people of the state.
Opiah said: “If you look around Imo, you find little or nothing to show that Imo hosts oil companies. For the Governor and government of Imo State, it is not acceptable. Go to Ohaji Egbema, Oguta and Oru East, you hardly can see visible projects put in place by oil companies. Go to the oil companies, you will find it difficult to find our people in key areas of management. Most of them have their contractors come from outside Imo State. It is a loss of revenue to our state. We have come to the agreement that this trend must change.”
The former federal lawmaker assured that Imo will soon be the hub of industrial activities in Nigeria, adding that the State will in no distant time, host manufacturing companies and companies in chemical and fertilizer productions as he tasked the committee members to prepare for the task ahead.
Opiah lampooned those he described as mischief makers for misconstruing the true aim of setting up the committee, while revealing that members of the committee were drawn from the three oil-bearing LGAs of Ohaji Egbema, Oguta and Oru East.
He equally commended Governor Hope Uzodinma, describing him as the only governor of the state without interest on “primitive acquisition of wealth.”
“Unlike previous governors in Imo, Hope is not interested in primitive acquisition of wealth. He has special interest in the development of Imo State. Hope is the only governor who has huge experience in the Oil and Gas sector and has brought that experience to governance.”
Opiah urged the committee members not to disappoint the people, adding that history will hold them accountable if the continuous neglect of the people of oil-bearing communities persists.
Chairman of the Committee, Barr. Promise Chinedu Uyaeme of Assa Autonomous Community, Ohaji Egbema LGA thanked Honourable Goodluck Opiah for setting up the committee to deliver the people of oil producing communities and the entire state from the degradation and neglect they had suffered. Whilst thanking Governor Hope Uzodinma for his approval of the project, Uyaeme assured, on behalf of his members, to make Imo proud.
Dr. Collins Ugochukwu Jumbo, who hails from Agwa in Oguta LGA said the event marked the beginning of a new dawn in the state, remarking that it would bring extra ordinary development in Imo and help the governor to achieve his well-intended vision for the state which is anchored on the 3R shared prosperity mantra.
On Uzodinma’s one year in office, Ugochukwu said the governor has done better than any other governor Imo ever had.
Captain Bish Johnson Chuks is the Secretary of the Committee.
The Members are Barr. Kelvin Ugwu, Engr. Ike Irona, Hon. Obinna Ariaga, Comr. David Egbula, Dr. Collins Jumbo, Engr. Enyinnaya Chima Okere, Engr. Solomon Okonkwo, Barr (Mrs.) Ejine Mazi, Hon. Kenneth Ekwueme.
Others are Sir Collins Ughalaa, Hon. Lady Violet Nmezi Dioha, Engr. Stanley Okwuosa, Hon. Maxwell Chidiebere Ezelagu, Hon. Lady Ndidi Onyemaechi, Engr. Jerry Nwadike, Hon. Chigozie Ohiri, Comrade Emeka Nzeribe, Chief Larry Okoro, and Barr. Kenneth E. Onyemejelam.