Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State on Saturday blamed the security crisis in the area on the opposition and criminal elements.
In his new year message, Uzodimma pledged that his administration will continue to work in concert with security agencies to ensure a safer Imo in 2022 and beyond.
He called for a collective effort by the people to end violence and other forms of criminality.
Uzodimma also pledged that his administration will increase effort to redress the infrastructural deficit it met on assumption of office.
According to him, the huge capital outlay in this year’s budget of over 74 per cent was a sign that more developmental projects were coming.
The governor maintained that some opposition elements had sought to destabilise the state and arrest its progress.
He also expressed appreciation to all patriotic citizens who are supporting government’s efforts to defeat vices in imo.
He was happy that inspite of the distractions from the opposition and criminal elements, the administration has recorded giant strides in all sectors.
“The administration is also determined to give practical effect to its recovery programme by ensuring that all looted assets of the state are recovered,” he said.
He said the recovery of the state’s Kibgsley Ozurumba Mbadiwe University worth N40billion, as well as the Shell Camp land, were aimed at safeguarding the assets of the state.
The governor enjoined citizens to support the government to work for the peace and progress of the state.
He urged them to resolve this year to engage only in actions that would enhance the peace and stability of both Imo and Nigeria.
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