Following a recent publication on one of the leading newspapers in the state where stakeholders insisted that GM OCDA Engr. Innocent Ikechukwu Ikpamezie must recognize revenue based communities situated within the “fifteen (15) killometers radius” from the Owerri capital city Master Plan in his scheme of work, Owerri West Political Frontliners’ in conjuction with the Elite Council has retirated the fact that such meeting is overdue and again call on the management of OCDA to meet with the stakeholders in Owerri West to have an easy ride on collection of revenue in their area.
They have also requested a close talk with the landlords, consultants and officers in the field of work to improve its operations than to slot out the landlords, such which cannot be obtainable in the neighboring communities of Ohaji Egbema, Asaah and Awara where ISOPADEC is been managed by its landlord.
Recall that these communities involved in this singular quest came together under the agies of Owerri Elites Council led by Evangelist Hon. Geoffery Okere and had earlier requested en-large with stakeholders of Nekede, Owerri Municipal, Mbieri, Ubomiri, Umuguma, Irete, Naze and others to have a meeting with OCDA to profer durable modalities for the collection of revenue in their area.
They are quoted thus “It is by the supreme authority and orders of the traditional rulers and landlords that OCDA could be permitted to shop in the communities mentioned above.” And as such therefore need to be considered and pay due rights, co-opt their youths, pay required royalty and homage. The group also released their hotlines 08134004101 and 08036856526 and email for public referrals but regretted the non-compliance of the management till the time of this report.
Our correspondent gathered that since the establishment of OCDA as an agency of government for the collection of revenue, Consultancy and GM slots have not been ceeded to Owerri West indigene where its largest percentage of revenue drive is domiciled. Also revealed was that the PG’s of Owerri West have vowed to step down this anormaly having scheduled an emergency meeting for next week.
In addition, there are a lot of complaints against the backdrop of nonchalant attitude of its officers. The way and manner OCDA officers (unknown faces) from other local government areas has dominated their grounds and batch into people houses, kitchens and shops even while people are taking bath and eating, just in the name of revenue collection is becoming a serious challenge to resolve.
Meanwhile, Owerri West has claimed major stakeholders in OCDA and their youths are not happy and have threatened to shot down revenue operation in their area, until GM and the management of OCDA meets with the stakeholders to resolve lingering issues before it gets off hand. Efforts to reach the chairman of all the president generals in Owerri West proved abortive at the time of this report.