Dep. Gov. Gerald Irona of Imo has warned that the state government may be forced to terminate former Gov. Rochas Okorocha’s amnesty programme, should the beneficiaries be found engaging in criminal activities.
Dr Walter Duru, the deputy governor’s Adviser on Communications, stated this in a statement he issued on Monday, pointing out that Irona gave the warning in Owerri, when he addressed stakeholders from Ohaji Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas (LGAs).
The statement further quoted Irona to have also threatened that the beneficiaries would remain in the state government’s watch list.
He warned that the present administration would not support amnesty programme for any criminal and urged the beneficiaries to shun crime and criminality.
The deputy governor regretted the alleged “politicisation” of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) by previous administrations in the state.
He said that the Gov. Emeka Ihedioha-led administration was determined to return the commission to the “oil landlords” of the state.
He added that the state governor had released funds due to the commission as provided by the law establishing it.
He therefore urged the stakeholders to hold the leadership of the commission accountable.
“The state government has released all monies meant for local governments to them and ISOPADEC has received its funds in full.
“Our people should hold the council chairmen and ISOPADEC leadership accountable,” he said.
Irona noted that most communities in the two council areas had been without electricity for about eight years.
He gave assurance that the state government was making efforts to ensure that electricity was restored to the areas before the end of the year.
He called on communities willing to donate land to the state government for agricultural purposes to reach out to the government.
Irona also urged traditional rulers in the area to take full responsibility for all government infrastructure in their domain.