Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimm has called on oil and gas companies operating in the state to identify and fund projects that meet the needs of the people.
Governor Hope Uzodimma stated this few hours ago after the state Executive Council meeting.
According to Hope Uzodimma, oil and gas companies should stop handing over cash to individuals, adding such is contrary to the state government plans and programmes.
Governor Hope Uzodimma said it was a joint decision reached at the State Executive Council meeting held at the Exco Chamber, Government House, Owerri.
Excerpts of the Governor speech is presented thus:
“Council also stated government’s decision that Oil companies operating in Imo key into the vision of government by identifying projects and needs of the communities which they can fund and not handing out cash gifts to some individuals.
“Any company doing so is running contrary to Government’s plans and programmes.
“Finally, Council noted that under this administration, a law has been enacted to coordinate and harness all projects funded by the World Bank and all other donor agencies, through a new bureau set up to ensure the documentation of the various projects executed under the different international donor agencies.
“Hence, the documentation would ensure that records of all projects funded, amount donated and spent, so that they continue beyond successive administrations and give no room for siphoning of money meant for developmental projects.
“Council affirmed that this was another evidence of government’s efforts at ensuring accountability in all activities including projects from International donor agencies.