WHY ORU EAST WAS INCLUDED IN ISOPADEC -NWANERI
•SAYS DUE PROCESS WAS FOLLOWED
Following the mixed reactions trailing the inclusion of Oru East Local Government Area, into the affairs and activities of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ISOPADEC, a Lawmaker of the 9th House has cleared all doubts.
It would be recalled that Governor Hope Uzodinma few days ago appointed Managing Director, Chairman and Board Members of ISOPADEC.
After a thorough screening by the Collins Chiji led House, the appointees who scaled through the exercise were inaugurated by the Governor.
Since then, involvement of two Oru East indigenes was believed to be misconstrued by some persons in the State, querying why Oru East should be part of ISOPADEC.
Against this backdrop, the Member representing Oru East State constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Chigozie Nwaneri has finally opened up, thereby dismissing all doubts.
In an interview with Trumpeta Correspondent in his office on Tuesday, Hon. Nwaneri disclosed that all processes surrounding the inclusion of Oru East followed due Legislative Procedures.
He opined that what the current 9th House did was to follow and implement the resolutions of the 8th House, which demanded for an inclusion of Oru East, since it produces a large quantity of oil.
The Legislator cleared that there was no need for a fresh amendment of the law, stressing that in the said law, there was no place it stipulates that it must remain in Ohaji/Egbema or Oguta.
Nwaneri revealed that Addax Company currently mills over 4000 to 5000 barrels of oil in Oru East daily, while in Izombe, it gets about 900 barrels daily.
He opened up that for now, it is only Addax that is operating, while Seplat is yet to commence milling.
Hon Nwaneri commended his predecessors in the 7th and 8th House, Barr. Greg Okemili, and Nkenna Nzeruo for starting up the move, which was moved by the past House.
He said now, the 9th House came, raised the motion, further debated on it and came up to fully implement the resolutions, which the Governor in his wise decision heeded to.
“What we worked with was the Resolutions of the 8th House”.
The Lawmaker however warned against politics of rancour and maligning, buttressing that the integration of Oru East has nothing to do with politics or the Governor coming from the LGA.
Nwaneri hammered that even if tomorrow oil is discovered in another LGA, the House of Assembly, and the Executive Arm would do the needful in integrating such LGA into the activities of ISOPADEC.
According to him, “People should know when to play politics and when not to. This move didn’t start today. It has been in the news since 2011. The location of the area in Oru East is not hidden”.
“As we speak, Oru East LGA alone produces more than 5000 barrels of oil per day, yet people argue and question the authenticity just to play politics. That the Governor is an Oru East son and saw reasons in the House Resolutions shouldn’t be something to blow beyond proportion”.
IMHA MEMBERS REGRET HONORING EVENT OVER RECOGNITION
It was moments of regrets for Members of Imo State House of Assembly that honoured the recently held Independence Day celebration at the Heroes Square, Owerri.
Regrets have greeted their appearance following a perceived neglect to their status by the inability of the organizers to recognize their presence at the event.
Recall that Nigeria as a nation marked her 60th Independence Day anniversary last Thursday, October 1st.
As part of the celebration nationwide, Imo State was not excluded, as Governor Hope Uzodinma observed the Guard of Honour as Chief Executive of the State.
However, what transpired at the venue didn’t go down well with members of the State Assembly.
Apart from the Speaker, Chiji Collins that stood beside the Governor and his Deputy, as the number three citizen in the State, other Lawmakers present left the arena with great regrets, according to expressions boldly written on their faces.
Trumpeta Assembly Vibes gathered that the Lawmakers grumbled on the manner of reception they recieved.
Their presence was neither announced nor recognized as members of an arm of Government.
Angered by this development, one of them, a male from Owerri zone who couldn’t hide his feelings on the whole drama stood up and left angrily.
While leaving, he told his colleagues in a detastful manner, “If I had known this was how it would be, I wouldn’t have come here. Let no one invite or tell me to come for such function again. What a look down and an insult”.
NZERUO, AGABIGE, OGUWUIKE GET STATE APPOINTMENTS
The 3R Government of Senator Hope Uzodinma in Imo State has put smiles on the faces of immediate past Legislators of the Imo State House of Assembly.
They are Honorables; Nkenna Nzeruo (Oru East), Uche Agabige (Orsu), and Uche Oguwuike (Ikeduru).
While Nzeruo and Agabige were appointed Board members of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ISOPADEC, representing Oru East LGA, and Orlu zone in the Board, respectively, Oguwike represents Owerri zone as a Board member in the Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency.
They were inaugurated on Tuesday, alongside the others by the Governor at the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chambers, Government House, Owerri.
It would be recalled that the three newly appointees were Members of the 8th House, 3rd Assembly of Imo State.
Their appointment came shortly after Trumpeta Assembly Vibes had reported of the whereabout of the Lawmakers of the 8th House, trying to know if they were relegated by the Government in power or otherwise.
NEKEDE/IHIAGWA ROAD: LAWMAKER UNHAPPY WITH CONTRACTORS OVER ABANDONMENT
Member representing Owerri West State Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Kanayo Onyemaechi has assured the residents of Nekede and Ihiagwa to remain calm, as the deplorable state of the roads would soon be a thing of the past.
He charged them to remain great supporters of the Government, adding that the Hope Uzodinma led administration in the State is leaving no stone unturned in fixing the said roads.
Hon. Onyemaechi made this passionate appeal over the weekend, while interacting with Journalists in Owerri.
He frowned at the non challant attitude of the contractors concerning the awarded Nekede/Ihiagwa road, giving them his words that in a few weeks time, work would commence at the site.
“Dele”, as fondly called recalled that the behavior of the Contractors was uncalled for, and attributed the abandonment as a result of a new administration in the State which they (Contractors) may have not found welcoming ab initio.
“Those contractors will resume work having signed an MoU with the State Government ably led by Sen Hope Uzodinma”.
Continuing, the Chairman, House Committee on Lands and Survey, reiterated the Government’s commitment in completing the road construction which was abandoned by contractors since the January 14, 2020 Supreme Court Judgement that sacked Chief Emeka Ihedioha.
Reassuring his commitment towards taking Owerri West to an enviable height, he reminded them that the work of awarding road contracts are purely within a State jurisdiction, and not of the Lawmakers.
However, “Egbe-eji-aga-ogu” thanked Governor Uzodinma for his deep concern and intervention towards hearkening to the plight of the people, and called on patience.
EZERIOHA SHOWERS CONSTITUENTS WITH PROJECTS
The people of Oru West State Constituency have continued to reap the benefits of effective representation, as State Lawmaker for the LGA in the IMHA, Hon. Barr. Dominic Ezerioha has further layed foundation for more projects.
Apart from his outstanding nature in law making and oversight functions, Hon. Ezerioha is leaving no stone unturned in putting smiles on the faces of his Constituents.
Last Saturday, October 3, 2020, was the turn of Nnempi/Elleh Ward, as he layed a Foundation stone for the construction of gigantic Youth Civic Centre.
A project single-handedly undertaken among the ten INEC wards in Oru West.
From the last count, the Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Information and Judiciary, we gathered, have different projects running in Ibiasoegbe, Amaofuo, Mgbidi Ward 2, Ozara, Nnempi/Elleh, Mgbidi ward 1.
Assembly Vibes also gathered that it was a promise he made to his people to cite a project in each of the Wards within his 1st four years in office, with or without constituency project funds.