By Aaron Ossai
Worried by lack of development in oil producing areas of Imo state, group operating under the aegis of Imo Beyond Oil Stakeholders has scheduled a summit on need for sustainable development in the areas and Imo state in general.
In a statement made available to newsmen, an oil expert, Ejike Chukwu, said that the summit will take place on December 9 this year at Landmark Hall, Protea Hotel, Owerri, the Imo state Capital.
According to him, the summit is be powered by members of the Urash Economic Empowerment Advocacy Initiative under the leadership of Ejike Chukwu, an expert in the oil and gas industry from Ohaji/Egbema local government area of the state.
Speaking further, he said that there is the need for an engagement of stakeholders in the oil industry from Imo state to rethink and look beyond oil for infrastructural development of the areas and Imo state in general.
He recalled that over the years, Nigeria has continued to deplete in its oil revenue due to variant factors which includes corruption while according to him oher countries have continued to diversify its revenue and Gross Domestic Product, GDP through reinventing innovative oil management strategies and
revolution of non-oil intervention.
He said Imo state is one of the oil producing states with Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta as the key centre saying: “yet what has been the outcome of this development to the state and the community with various indications showing more needs to be done.”
“There needs to be an engaging of various stakeholders in this sector from imo state to rethink and look beyond oil.
“On the 9th of December 2022 , stakeholders will converge for a summit in imo state at Landmark
Hall, Protea Hotel in Owerri, the Imo state Capital.
“This convergence is powered by members of Urashi Economic Empowerment Advocacy Initiative under the able leadership of Mr. Ejike Chukwu an expert in the oil and gas industry from Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo state.
“This is the first summit of its kind in Imo state and will look towards sustainable engagement of stakeholders on the need to diversify on non-Oil source of revenue”, the statement read.