The former Director of Imo PDP new media and immediate past Special Adviser (SA) to former Governor Emeka Ihedioha on new media, AIC Akwarandu has berated the style of Governor Hope Uzodinma’s government, describing his three (3) months old administration, as likened to a “push and start” automobile engine.
Speaking exclusively to our reporter, Akwarandu said that from all indications, the Governor, Senator Uzodinma was not prepared to be a Governor, hence the reason he is finding it difficult to hit the ground running. Akwarandu berated the Governor for owing civil servants, adding that under Ihedioha’s ill-fated administration, the workers and pensioners immediately after a widely applauded verification exercise were paid promptly without allowing them to suffer as was the case with Rochas Okorocha.
He wondered why Governor Uzodinma would urge Imolites to sit at home under this Coronavirus lockdown without paying their March salary. “I only see a plan to suffocate Imo people just to impress those that one way or the other contributed to making him Governor. There is hunger in the state and our people are no longer finding it easy”, Comrade Akwarandu averred.
He further stated that the reason for the “push and start” arises from the fact that the governor would only act when there is public outcry,“justifying our reason for describing the administration as “push and start”. He gave instances of how people’s outcry forced the Governor to set-up an isolation centre and how the governor commenced process of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic by inaugurating the Prof Maurice Iwu’s committee. Akwarandu also said that the reason Governor Uzodinma is paying workers by batch is because of the public outcry especially on social media, otherwise, he would not have paid any ministry. He observed that this is the first time salaries are paid piece meal and ministry after ministry, a development Akwarandu said is obscene and absurd.
Continuing, he urged the governor to assign portfolios to his political appointees and save them the continued embarrassment of clustering around government house gate everyday like sheep without shepherd, while feeding fat on tax payers money. Akwaradu argued that it is wrong for people to be sworn in without portfolios and offices.