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Be courageous to fight oil theft – Uzodinma charges panel

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Hope Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has issued words of advice to the members of special investigation panel on oil theft in the country to be courageous in discharging their duties, describing the position of crude oil in the nation’s economy as the brain box of the nation.

The governor wondered why the oil sector, which is considered as the life wire of the country, should be left in the hands of a few individual to keep on manipulating the nation’s common wealth.

Governor Uzodinma made the contribution when he played host to the chairman and members of the special investigation panel on oil theft and loses in Nigeria who paid him a courtesy visit in the Government House, Owerri.

Addressing the members of the panel led by their Chairman, Major General Burry Ndiomu (Rtd), the Imo helmsman commended the wisdom of the federal government in setting up the panel, adding that the panel’s operation will go a long way in reducing the vandalism by the oil vandals that has always threatened the nation’s economy.

He contended that the Nigerian governor’s forum and other well meaning persons had long suggested that a special committee  be set up to unravel the crude oil loses in Nigeria and expressed joy that the long expected panel has finally been established and have come to stay.

Governor Uzodinma therefore charged the panel to do all in their power to stop the activities of the oil loses in the country. He blamed oil theft on the security lapses and urged the federal government to equip and finance the panel very well so that they will no longer compromise or leave opportunities to chance.

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Earlier, the chairman of the panel, General Burry .T. Ndioma (rtd) said they were in the state to engage and have true discussion with the governor to find lasting solution on oil theft and loses in the state and the country generally.

 He assured the governor that going by the seriousness attached to the committee’s work, the final submission of the report will surely count and in a very short while, the problem will be solved.

Present at the reception of the visitor include Imo State Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Cusmas Iwu, Chief of Staff to the Governor,  Mr Anyaehie and others.

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