The meeting of Ngor Okpala stakeholders and leaders of thought was convened by the IMC Chairman, Ngor Okpala Local Government Council, Hon. Chief Mayor Obinna Nweke. Attendance witnessed at the meeting cut across political party lines, religious affiliations, traditional institutions, President Generals, Women Presidents and Youth Presidents of various communities in Ngor Okpala LGA.
In his address, the Ngor Okpala IMC Chairman, Chief Mayor Obinna Nweke first applauded the Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Dist. Sen. Hope Uzodinma for embarking on people’s oriented and youth empowerment programmes in the State.
Chief Nweke said the essence of convening the Ngor Okpala stakeholders meeting was to address the security challenges and finding a lasting solution to the current infiltration of the “EndSARS” protest in the LGA. He acknowledged the efforts of the Traditional Rulers, President Generals and Youths of various communities who conducted security watch to ensure that “EndSARS” infiltrators and hoodlums did not destroy government properties located in their communities. He noted that the infiltrators and hoodlums destroying government properties are those contracted to do so.
Chief Nweke highlighted the need for all youths to rally their various communities to secure government properties in their locations. He stressed the fact that those government properties are theirs. He pointed out that the Governor of Imo State H.E Dist. Sen. Hope Uzodinma has approved the sum of two billion naira for Youth Empowerment Programme in the State. He encouraged the youths to queue into various Youth Empowerment programmes of the State Government as various forms are made available to that effect.
Chief Nweke informed Ngor Okpala Stakeholders that he is committed to ensuring rapid development of the LGA, in his words “right now investors have arrived Ngor Okpala to partner with the Local Government Council, and an Industrial Area Development Project currently taking shape, three banks have already indicated interest to join in the Industrial Area Development. The project when completed will create one thousand, seven hundred jobs and around three thousand, five hundred jobs in the Value chain. This is part of my efforts to bring development in Ngor Okpala.”
Chief Nweke said his administration will continue to implement government policies and programmes that will reflect on the aspirations of Ngor Okpala youths. Also, he informed stakeholders that the fifth palliatives were shared to sixty five churches in Ngor Okpala.
The SA to the Governor, Okenze Blyden Amajirionwu emphasized that though government built those properties being destroyed in Ngor Okpala the properties belong to us. He admonished Ngor Okpala youths to abstain from such habits if they were involved. He expressed delight that the majority of Ngor Okpala teachers have received their salary arrears of seven months while the remaining few received two months.
Chief George Ekeh emphasized more on the attitude of damaging government properties, stressing that we should not allow hoodlums to infiltrate us. He pleaded with Ngor Okpala politicians not to use the youths for political thuggery or for destroying government properties.
Chief Eustace Ekeh urged Ngor Okpala people to maintain the peace they are known for as a peace-loving LGA. He thanked the IMC Chairman for convening the meeting at the appropriate time.
The Director, Imo Orientation Agency, Dr Etelbert Okere encouraged the youths to ensure peace at this trying time and guide their various communities not to allow infiltrators to use their name to commit crimes.
The Chairman, Ngor Okpala Traditional Rulers Council, HRH Eze Geoffrey Okoro challenged the youths to resist any hoodlum or EndSARS infiltrators trying to damage government properties in their locations. Also, he called on the IMC Chairman to advise the town union presidents to respect their traditional rulers.
The President, Ngor Okpala Patriots (Youth Wing), Hon. Engr. Emma Agbakwuru who spoke on behalf of the youths promised that the youths are determined to deal with any group of people who will use the name of youths to ferment trouble or cause damages in the LGA.
Some dignitaries present at the meeting include Chief Barr. George Eke, the Director, Imo Orientation Agency, Dr Etelbert Okere, the S.A to the Governor, Okenze Blyden Amajirionwu, the SSA to the Governor on Community Relations, Hon. Mrs Chika Ibekwe, the SSA to the Governor on Road Rehabilitation, Hon. Chimezie Nwaeke, Hon. Obinna Egu, Chief Vitalis Opara, Chief Eustace Ekeh, Hon. Chief Sylvester Chidi Ekeh, Chief Sam Anukam, Chief Cliff Ogbede, Chief Bona Nlemadim, Chief C.C Nwigwe, Engr Jude Ukaegbu, Lolo Adimchi Chima Onwukwe, etc.