When Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State started this year with commissioning of projects, it took very many people by surprise.
Management experts have argued that with careful planning, the sublime is achievable within the shortest possible time. It is also said that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Therefore, following Uzodinma’s plans, policies and projects, it may not be difficult to understand how he could achieve the feat.
The governor is a listening governor. Wherever he is going wrong and it is pointed out, he quickly corrects himself. He is doing a good job under the circumstances.
These are difficult times in the last two years and he’s come out well. I commend him for the ongoing renovation of over 305 health centers across the INEC Wards of the twenty-seven local government areas of the state. He never allowed himself to be distracted by the previous occurrences that triggered the state of unrest in Imo.
The renovation of the health centres would open fresh window for employment opportunities for Imo indigenes. No matter the falsehood dished out by few persons on social media under the sponsorship of desperate oppositions who are not sure of their own destination, the good news remains that Uzodinma is doing well.
The issue of unknown gunmen and kidnapping should be put to an end. Community policing is very important. Community policing remains the best security tool to stamp out all shades of criminal practices. There should be no further delay. Vigilance groups should be formed and equipped.
The governor has promised to do this. I heard him say “we shall create a Neighbourhood Security Watch code-named “North East West” (NEW) involving a coordinated network of Community Intelligence Gathering Programme in liaison with the NPF, DSS, NSCDC, NSO and some Private Security Companies.
“In tandem, we shall launch Operation “FOC,” (Flush Out Criminals) – a combined security operations targeted at flashpoints and centres of high criminal activities, including hideouts, jungles, uncompleted buildings, forest, shrines, lakes and creeks, etc. Whether in Ohaji Egbema, or Nwaorieubi Shrine at Ifakala, or in the thick jungle at Akokwa, or Njaba or Urashi, We shall rout them and free our society of the menace of banditry, kidnappings, and ritual killings including Yahoo-Plus, and Alibaba Gangstars.
It shall be a “SAD” season for criminals in Imo State” Government should intensify manhunt operations against identified target groups and criminal syndicates. People from the communities know these criminals and kidnappers and they can help government smoke them out from their holes.
•Uwadi writies from Mahu-Egbema, in Imo State