Owerri elders condemn vandalism of Otamiri Water Scheme

The leadership of the Owerri Zonal Elders Council led by Chief Lemmy Akakem has condemned the wanton destruction and vandalism of the Otamiri Water Scheme in Owerri Municipal.
The group at the weekend expressed disgust on the vandalism and disruption of water supply to Owerri and its environs by the hoodlums.
Akakem regretted that despite the visible efforts being put in place by the government of Governor Hope Uzodimma, miscreants had been make life miserable for Imolites.
He lamented that the administration was yet to know peace since inception going by the Supreme Court case and now the Covid-19 global outbreak all of which has contributed negatively in destabilising the state.
Akakem further said that despite the unnecessary distractions, Governor Uzodimma has remained resolute and focused in his determination to deliver the dividends of democracy to Imo people by resuscitating one of those essentials of life which include the moribund Otamiri Water Scheme abandoned since 1996.
He attributed the destruction to activities of some political jobbers, but warned them to have a rethink and cooperate with the government to move the state forward.
Also, a political stalwart in the state and an opinion moulder, Chief Bob Njemanze, advised the people to set politics aside and think first of the wellbeing of Imo citizens. He said that it woldu do no one any good to kick the government on the foot.
Njemanze, the former Chairman of Imo Water Corporation, pointed out that the vandalism was the handwork of an aggrieved group in Owerri whose members have decided to destabilize the government of Governor Uzodimma.
He urged the people not to personalize government and also harped on the need for government to beef up its security in the area, where the Water Scheme is located.
While conducting newsmen round the vandalized plant, the General Manager, Imo State Water Corporation, Mr. Emeka Ugoanyanwu, expressed disgust over the level of damage to the 850 KVA plant, lamenting that it would cost the state close to N5 million to put it back to use.
He explained that the plant was totally demobilized and cannot transmit raw water from the scheme to the users, noting that the armored cables were cut and destroyed, the AVR destroyed and the heavy duty batteries all damaged.
He said that the action was sabotage to the government of Senator Uzodimma in Imo State, because “it is not only the activity of robbers or thieves, but an intended damage to retard development in Imo State.”
He appealed to the government to assist the corporation complete the perimeter fencing that is already started, build a Security House to ensure constant and 24-hour security operations and surveillance in the premises, the plant and the transformer in particular.

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