In recent times, it has come to light that the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has been feeding the state indigenes and media with lies about the completion of some utilitarian projects in the state.
Let There Be Light And Water, Were There Light And Water?
Firstly, Governor Hope Uzodinma announced in January that he had completed the uphill task of creating a portable public water supply system for Owerri Indigenes.
He quoted: “Imo State government is pleased to announce that the Imo State Water and Sewage Corporation has restored public water supply to some parts of Owerri metropolis.
“Specifically, pipe-borne water now runs in parts of Aladinma and Ikenegbu in Owerri as well as in Areas M, N and C of World Bank, New Owerri.
“Imo people should rest assured that the government is working round the clock to ensure that public water supply is restored in all parts of Owerri metropolis in the shortest possible time.
This was all a farce because it has been well proven that the Imo State capital already had a rigid water supply system put in place by the previous administration under Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Uzodinma who also claimed to have reviewed the electricity problem in the state was met with a block fence by the people because most Owerri indigenes would attest to the fact that major electrical restructuring was done during Governor Ihedioha’s tenure when he took over the project leftover by former Governor Rochas Okorocha’s regime.
Monkey Dey Work
In eight months, Emeka Ihedioha and his team worked valiantly at rekindling hope in the citizens. Ndi Imo began, once again, a deliberate attempt at investing trust in government and governance. They saw possibilities.
Elite and masses agreed on the need to work together for a new direction. He promised them Salary payments and arrears remunerations if they worked hard enough to build the state. They worked hard and Emeka Ihedioha kept to his own end of the bargain and there was undoubtedly fresh developments in the state and Imo state was receiving a bit of a facelift.
This wasn’t the case in this present government administration led by the Uzodinma administration.
From one protest to another, a state where ghosts handle majority of the office works, where the Government doesn’t take the responsibility of paying it’s workers their due salaries and pensions. Hope Uzodinma has indeed made a mockery of the civil service system put in place to favour hard-working individuals sweating every day to eke out a living.
According to the organized Labour in Imo, they have been owed salaries from February to April when Uzodinma assumed office as Governor after Supreme Court sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP who was paying salaries and arrears owed by the APC administration of Rochas Okorocha.
And yet he claims to not owe one single civil servant in the state. Of course, the ghosts must be holding their salaries for them, waiting for when the civil servants rendezvous with them in the land of the dead.
Government Of The People, Sorry! Party
Hope Uzodinma struck with the wondrous 388 electoral units and the fiction of the Supreme Court. A judgement loaded in the Guinness Book of Records for the infamy of having more votes than voters.
His inaugural statement was full of sound and fury. It did not articulate any plans and programmes. But he promised to work well with the opposition party which he craftily ousted.
This wasn’t the scenario that played out next as he made his move by “Kicking a man while he’s down” by making sure he breaks down all oppositions in the state.
This was done by using honest taxpayers money and landed properties to entice members of the opposition into his party while threatening dire consequences to those who don’t conform.
Members of the Imo State House of Assembly confirmed the characterisation of politicians as scoundrels and harlots by moving en masse to the All Progressives Congress Party.
They came from both the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
House of Assembly Speaker Collins Chiji claimed that the members defected because of the alleged personality of the governor. The word on the streets of Owerri reads something more dubious.
“Imo State House of Assembly is comprised of 27 lawmakers but as I speak to you now, 26 of us have joined the APC because of our governor. Nine lawmakers joined immediately the Supreme Court delivered judgement in our governor’s favour. On the next legislative day, eight more lawmakers defected to the APC. Just watch what will happen on the next legislative day, more lawmakers who have not defected will defect, making it 26 APC lawmakers.”
The Imo State House of Assembly banks on the alleged closeness of Governor Uzodinma with President Muhammadu Buhari for significant progress. It is unclear how this would translate beyond constitutional provisions.
Imo State brings to the fore again one of the core issues of concern for Alaigbo. Questions of character and values are critical and contributory to the conduct and perception of a people.
Governor Uzodinma would need clear pronouncements and even better actions to remove the hunchback he carries. He should set to work and surprise all those who doubt both his motivation and capacity.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK