ByÂ Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Chief Goodluck Opiah, has solicited the assistance of the Israeli government in taming the menace of kidnapping in the state.
Speaking when he led a delegation of the members of the state Assembly on a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Centre for International Cooperation, MASHAV, Tel-Aviv, Israel for partnership in the areas of agriculture, Chief Opiah said that â€œthe spate of kidnapping in the state has reached unimaginable cresendo, which needs urgent attention.â€
According to the Speaker, kidnapping has assumed a frightening dimension, adding that Imo State needs the expert services of Isreal in security matters.
The lawmaker said that despite the death sentence the present state legislature passed for the offense of hostage-taking and kidnaping, the crime continues to be a cheering venture for the perpetrators, hence the request for Israelâ€™s assistance.
Chief Opiah who was accompanied by some members of the House to receive the historic and prestigious award of the chairman of Board of Governors of the Yitzhak Rabin Centre, Africa, at the Rabin International Centre, Tel-Aviv, Israel, also solicited for the assistance of Israel in rehablitating ailing establishments in the state, such as Adapalm.
The Speaker said that Imo State would benefit from the Israelâ€™s rich technological advancement, adding that the Adapalm has the potentials to develop Imo Stateâ€™s down stream sector as well as rise to become a profit-oriented outfit, if well managed.
Responding, a diplomat in the Isreali Ministry of Foreign Affairs, attached to MASHAV, Walid MansourÂ while welcoming the delegation, saidÂ that the State of Israel was poised to collaborate with foreign missions in developmental programmes and areas of common interest.
Mansour observed thatÂ the State would look into the request of the Speaker of the Imo AssemblyÂ properly and take all necessary diplomatic and inter-governmental measures before venturing into the matter.