From Augustine Agwulonu, Owerri
An aggrieved landlord of Adapalm, Mayor Chukwuma Okoro, has urged the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma to remove the embargo on minor buyers of Adapalm products.
Mayor Okoro, who is an indigene of Egbema lamented what he termed “marginalization of Egbema clan” o Egbema clan is one of the component land owners of Adapalm depriving them of the gains from the industry unlike Ohaji and Agwa clan who are co-landlord owners.
He stated this during media chat with newsmen in Owerri pointing out that the government’s embargo on minor buyers would have negative effects on landlords and may be seen as denial of legitimate income to the landlords to cater for their families.
Okoro disclosed that minor buyers were those who use around N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) or less to buy products from Adapalm but the embargo has shut them out from the purchases, adding that it has become unbearable for them and their families.
He further pointed out that previous administrations allowed the practice which enabled landlords from the catchment areas with little as N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand) naira to buy but the Uzodinma administration is stopping the minor buyers from buying.
He said that unless the embargo is lifted the administration should be ready to contend with the youths and the landlords who he said have been subjected to untold hardship as their lands have been surrendered to the state government who seems unwilling to fulfill their own part of the agreement