FG, Imo to curb rising cases of kidnap, others

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

DISTURBED by the rising kidnap cases in Imo State, the Federal Government has promised to help the state fight the menace, among others.

National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), who made the promise at the weekend in Owerri when he visited Governor Rochas Okorocha, lamented the rising cases of kidnap in Imo, which he said was disturbing and embarrassing to the state, the country and investors.

Though Dasuki did not give details of the anti-kidnap assistance, he said the Federal Government and Imo State would work in synergy to tackle the crime. He commended the unrelenting effort so far made by the governor and security agencies in the state to check the menace.

Okorocha thanked the Federal Government for the pledged assistance, expressing satisfaction with the efforts of security agencies in the state to check the act.

Meanwhile, the state government has directed all contractors handling the construction of 15-km road in each of the 27 local councils to return to site or face sanction. In a statement in Owerri yesterday, the government expressed regret that contractors, who were paid according to specifications, abandoned their jobs.

The development came as scores of Imo residents, especially in Owerri, yesterday expressed disgust over alleged scarcity of potable water in the town and other parts of the state in the past few years and urged the state government to provide water in their homes.

Callers to the privately owned radio, Hot 99.5 FM’s Peoples Assembly, aired between 8.30 and 9.30a.m, lamented a situation where owners and occupiers of houses in the state capital and other parts of the state were left to sink boreholes in order to provide water for their domestic and industrial uses.

A resident of Owerri, who simply identified himself as Kissinger, expressed regret that the legacy (potable water) that the late Sam Mbakwe’s administration brought to the old Imo State (Imo, Abia and part of Ebonyi states) has become history. According to him, the state government has left its responsibility of providing potable water to the governed.

Another caller, Ugonna, said he is faced, on daily bases, with the challenge of fetching water in jerry cans. According to him, “it is not only construction of roads and building of houses that should receive the attention of government, the state government should sincerely rehabilitate water schemes in different parts of the state.” However, some callers who defended the state government, urged the people to be patient, attributing the present problem to destruction of water pipes by contractors working on roads in the local councils.

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