By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA – The movement for the creation of Njaba State has rejected the recommendation of the State Creation Coordination Committee constituted by the Imo State Government, which put forward the proposed Ugwuaku state as the only potentially viable state to be supported.
The movement in a statement at the weekend, said the recommendation submitted to Governor Ikedi Ohakim, was the predicted outcome of the Coordination Committee, which it claimed was from conception biased against Njaba state.
The statement by the Chairman of the Publicity Committee of Njaba State Movement, Chief Mike Ejemba, said the recognition given Ugwuaku, which it claimed, only sprang up as soon as government set up the committee was against the facts on ground.
Noting the reservation of the Njaba State Movement on the composition and comments of some members of the State Creation Coordination Committee, Ejemba said, â€œwe had then faulted the committee on the ground that its secretary, Nze Fidelis Chukwu was a key promoter of Equity state, which also goes by the name Igboezue and therefore was irredeemably encumbered as he could not be trusted to do a fair job.
These fears have now been confirmed as the so-called Ugwuaku state is nothing but another name for Equity or Igboezue state, which is supposed to come from an amalgam of states in the South Eastâ€.
â€œThe other objection we raised then was that Njaba State Movement was not represented in the committee and therefore its interest could not be guaranteed in the final outcome.
We had also faulted the list of state movements, which the committee then put at 10, when in actual fact, before the committee was set up, there were only about two of such. On account of these, we had expressly stated our lack of confidence in that committee and its predictable outcomeâ€, he said.