By Chinasa Ogbonna
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has blamed the crises in oil communities on the oil companies who fail tohonour the agreements they reached with the communities.
He has, therefore, summoned a meeting of leaders, Community Government Council members, traditional rulers and all oil companies in Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta local government areas tomorrow to find a lasting peace in the areas.
The governor also cancelled all agreements earlier reached between the companies and communities to pave way for new negotiations at tomorrow’s meeting.
Owelle Rochas Okorocha frowned at the non-implementation of the agreements, pointing out that it amounts to fraud.
According to him, companies should not negotiate with communities without government being involved.
Gov Okorocha, who regretted the killings that took place in these areas, took a swipe at traditional rulers who collect peanuts from oil companies at the expense of community development.
He warned that anyone caught in the act would face the law.
He urged the people to have a change of attitude and be united “to sustain this development that is about to come to your area”.
Earlier, the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), Hon Engr. Kingsley Uju had commended the governor for his efforts in restoring peace in the areas.