Imo politicians are local champions, betrayers – Okorocha

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GOVERNOR Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has declared  his respect for Hausa and Yoruba politicians but decried the attitude of Imo politicians, whom he described as  local champions and  betrayers, who can destroy their own for peanuts.

Okorocha, at a press conference inside the Government House, Owerri, the state capital, stated that he has continued to have a running battle with stakeholders of the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) and that he respects Hausa and Yoruba politicians because they respect their leaders.

“Imo politicians are local champions; you can quote me. They can collect peanuts in order to destroy their own. But I respect the Hausa and Yoruba politicians, they respect their leaders.

“Look at Madumere. Today, he would have been a senator, but he betrayed me. The Hope Uzodinma he is supporting today, where is he from? Is he not from the same Orlu zone where Uche Nwosu comes from?

“Have you been to Madumere’s house? Is it not bigger than this Government House? Look at Emma Ibediro that I fought hard so that he can become the APC’s National Organising Secretary, today he has betrayed me.

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“I made Osita Izunaso APC’s first National Organising Secretary. From being a Permanent Secretary, I made George Eche Accountant–General and later Secretary to the State Government. It is in their blood to betray people,” he lamented.

Speaking on his ambition to become Senator for Orlu zone in the coming election, he said, “I am going to the Senate for two things: first reason is to represent Imo State and Igboland. The second reason is to make sure that what is due to us gets to us. I want to be politically relevant after I leave office as governor.”

He called on Imo people to vote for  Nwosu, who is the governorship candidate of, Action Alliance, expressing optimism that his son-in-law would continue from where he would stop and develop the state further.

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Crude oil production by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company has increased by 57,000 barrels per day.

The NNPC, in its January 2019 news edition obtained in Abuja, said that crude production by the NPDC increased from 108,000bpd in 2016 to 165,000bpd in 2017.

The 57,000bpd increase represents 52.7 per cent growth in crude production by the oil company.

The corporation’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this to employees of the oil firm in Abuja, stated that with the development, the NNPC was well on its way to meeting the 500,000bpd target by 2020.

He said the NPDC had been a key contributor to the consistent year-to-year national crude oil production growth, which had seen a steady rise from an average of 1.2 million barrels of oil per day in 2016 to 1.86mbpd in 2017 and 2.06mbpd in 2018.

Baru was quoted in the report as saying, “It is also worthy to note that NPDC’s equity production share closed at over 200,700bpd, representing about 10 per cent of the national daily production.

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“Its (NPDC) last average weekly production of 332,000bpd makes the target of 500,000bpd for 2020 achievable.”

The NNPC boss also noted that with the NPDC’s supply of over 700 million standard cubic feet of gas per day to the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System, the company had become the largest gas supplier to the domestic market.

Baru said the NPDC’s achievements were due to the introduction of some initiatives such as the Asset Management Team structure, strategic financing and autonomy.

Others include the security architecture framework review of the company, which promoted cooperation with joint venture partners and enhanced the decision-making process.

“We will continue to pursue the growth plan to transform the NPDC to the premier upstream company in Nigeria and entire sub-Saharan Africa,” Baru said.

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