OWERRI – Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has urged the people of the state to ignore the sit-at-home rumour and go about their normal businesses, saying that those behind the order and rumours have been identified and would soon be arrested and arraigned.
The governor gave the assurance while addressing the congregation after Sunday Church Service at the Government House Chapel, Owerri.
He thanked the people of Imo State who supported and contributed to the hosting of President Muhammadu Buhari last week when he visited Imo State.
To those who worked to sabotage the visit, the governor wished them well but urged all to “search their consciences in whatever they do.”
Addressing the hardship Imo people and residents are being subjected to by oil marketers, the governor requested the petroleum marketers to immediately revert to normal price for petroleum products in the State, “as government will not continue to fold its arms and watch them mete out hardship on the people while they sell their products as black market.”
Uzodimma warned that henceforth, “any filling station caught selling their products in black market will not only be sealed” but will “make sure the licenses of such filling stations are revoked.”
The governor added that government had set-up a Taskforce to go round the State to identify and not only seal all filling stations cut in the act, but to arrest and make them face the full weight of the law.
He emphasised that “government cannot be complacent while her citizens suffer unwarranted and untold hardship.”
Governor Uzodimma seized the opportunity to explain that those who escaped from the jail break earlier this year are on the prowl again, now resorting to kidnapping.
He informed that government and the security agencies are on top of the matter, assuring that soon those involved in the nefarious activities will be brought to book.
The governor reiterated his firm belief in doing the right thing based on the vow he has taken before God.
To that effect, the governor noted that he has come to serve and do things that are for the betterment of Imo people and not to share Imo patrimony with few friends and cronies, no matter how close.
He said he will be only disposed to doing the right thing at all times.
He warned that everything is not politics, “If we drag politics into some institutions like education and health they are bound to suffer. The overall objective of his administration is anchored on opportunity cost and scale of preference, as the State must be rescued.”
Present at the service were the Deputy Governor, Prof Placid Njoku; the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon .Paul Emeziem and Rt. Hon Amara Iwuanyanwu respectively; the Senator representing Imo North at the National Assembly, Senator Frank Ibezim; former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Ebere Udeagu, members of the State Expanded Executive Council, traditional rulers and other dignatories from across the state.