OWERRI- Previous administrations in Imo state have been accused of neglecting and impoverishing the oil producing areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta local Government Areas and its people.
The Chairman, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC), Chief Jones Uzoka, made the accusation when he fielded questions from journalists in Owerri.
â€œThe former government never showed interest in the welfare or interest of the oil producing areas in the state. It delayed ISOPADEC operations until few days to his exitâ€, Uzoka said.
According to the ISOPADEC Chairman, the Ikedi Ohakim administration began to show interest in the affairs of the people from oil producing communities, right from the day he took over leadership of the state as Governor.
When reminded that some groups in Ohaji, Egbema and Oguta councils have been meeting to oust Ohakim from office, Uzoka said he was yet to see why anybody from the areas who would not support the administration.
â€œThose organising meetings for the people who impoverished our people for eight years are only reminding our people of the ugly yesterday and our people may not take it lightly with such personsâ€, he said.
Uzoka, who was former majority leader in Imo State House of Assembly, opined that the previous administration in the state would not have allowed an Ohaji/Egbema man to be Speaker or consider the people for the positions they are currently holding in the state.