Isu Stakeholders meeting has held at Isu Local Government Headquarters at the weekend with representatives from various arms of leadership positions in Imo State present.
The meeting was called by the Imo State Government led by Governor Hope Uzodimma, following the #EndSars protests that derailed from initial peaceful protest to destruction and criminal violence.
Abuja Business Reports gathered that as a consequence, it became necessary for State intervention.
Hence Governor Uzodimma charged all Local Government Area Chairmen to call a Stakeholders meeting in their respective councils, a strategy intended to help in ensuring that Imo State quickly recovered from criminal destruction and ultimately ensure that people and properties are safe.
On its part, the Isu Local Government held its Stakeholders meeting and was successfully attended by notable figures in the state, from the Chairman who was the host, to Commissioner (Hon. Lambert Orisakwe), to Hon. Okey Dike, ClergyMen, Royal Fathers, Youths, Member representing Isu (Hon. Ngozi Obiefula), former Chairmen, Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora (Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert) and several others.
At the end of the meeting, Isu Youths, who were generally peaceful during the climax of the protest, were further encouraged to always opt for dialogue instead of destruction as that is the guaranteed way of making progress.
The State representatives also reminded the meeting that 6 Billion naira is already earmarked for Youth programmes in the state.
The amount is besides several other Empowerment initiatives of Gov. Uzodimma has directed for immediate commencement strictly geared towards benefitting the Youths and marginalised groups of people in our communities.
Speaking in a chat with the media, the Special Adviser to the Imo State Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert, who is also an Isu indigene, stated that “for today I have two hats on, which is State Representative but also as an Isu Youth.
“I feel the accumulated frustration. Few years ago I was an undergraduate in Imo State University and had to leave the country upon graduation due to State and National unemployment but I’m happy that today, there is ‘Hope’ and an aroma of better days ahead. I’d encourage my peers to be truly optimistic!”, she said.
The meeting ended just before 3pm in a rather cordial manner.