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Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has charged residents, particularly traditional rulers and landlords, to know their neighbours.
Uzodinma pointed out that traditional rulers and landlords should make it a duty to ensure that they know those living in their midst or those they regard as their neighbours.
He said experience has shown that most landlords are careless about the identity of those living in their houses and advised that henceforth landlords and traditional rulers would be held accountable for the ills of their tenants and neighbours.
Uzodinma made these comments yesterday when he received the leaders and stakeholders from Ikeduru and Ngor Okpala local government areas in the Government house in Owerri.
The governor noted that the security situation in the state today and the efforts being made by the government to return the state to a peaceful one demands that all hands must be on deck to solve a common problem.
He, therefore, urged all traditional rulers, landlords and leaders who own property in their localities that they rent out to tenants, to ensure that they know who such tenants are, as well as, what they do as means of livelihood.
‘It is not enough for you to give your house to a tenant but you must have the knowledge of what the tenant does. Your tenant goes out at night and comes back in the morning and you don’t care to ask where he goes to every day at night.
‘Some of you don’t even know you have been living with hardened criminals. Henceforth, I challenge you all to show interest in who your neighbour is and what he does,‘ the Governor said.
In continuation of the interface between Government and the stakeholders of Local Governments in the State, Ikeduru and Ngor Okpala LGAs had their turns on Tuesday with foremost Igbo politician and businessman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu leading his Ikeduru people while Sir Eustace Eke led Ngor Okpala people to the Sam Mbakwe Executive Chambers for the meeting.
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