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Imo lawmakers tackle executive over amnesty programme

By Chinonso Alozie

Owerri—Imo State House of Assembly members have expressed dismay in the way the amnesty programme was carried out, alleging that one of the members of the committee, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Mr Kingsley Uju, has turned it to a “family business.”

The two lawmakers from the oil producing Local Government Areas, Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta, Mr. Emma Orie and Mr. Henry Ezediaro, respectively, expressed their displeasure particularly on the deputy chief of staff.

Vanguard gathered, yesterday  that the Imo State House of Assembly has received several petitions and protests from youths and stakeholders of Oguta and Ohaji/Egbema, that are grossly marginalized in terms of infrastructural development, unemployment and  environment pollution as a result of oil and gas spillage.

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But a reaction written by Mr. Joe Chimezie, a loyalist to Mr. Kingsley Uju, described the two lawmakers as those who have their constituency offices in  bars and  night clubs.

He also asked them to concentrate on how to deliver dividends of democracy to their people.

As stated in the reply, “Hon. Uju Kingsley, regardless of party affiliations has always recognized and accorded Emma Orie all the necessary respect/support deserving of a lawmaker.

“Whoever knows Emma Orie, should ask him why he is feeling threatened? He should as well tell us where  and when Hon. Uju boasted he was the architect of the amnesty programme ?”

“If Emma Orie and Henry Ezediaro are complaining of not being involved in the amnesty programme, why were they present at the both foundation laying stone ceremonies of the schools in Umuapu and Mgbirichi ?

According to the lawmakers, “the Imo state House of Assembly invite the Deputy Chief of Staff of the governor(operations) Kingsley Uju, who’s name have been consistently appearing in the petitions.

“And as the main principal organizer of the programme, to come and brief the house as it concerns the amnesty programme.

They also recalled that, during the visit of the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, that “their position paper was not presented to the acting President in their presence.

“Also, that no place nor project was visited by the acting President in Oguta.”


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