Erstwhile Secretary to the Imo State Government of the shortlived Emeka Ihedioha administration, Barr Hon Uche Onyeagucha, has attributed the upsurge in the incidences of Covid-19 and Coronavirus pandemic in Imo State, to the gross incompetence and leadership failure on the part of the Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

He also observed that the increase in the recorded cases of the virus in Imo State recently has become frightening, as a result of the insensitivity and complacent attitude of the Governor and his agents, who he said are bereft of ideas on how best to govern Imo people more than five months after they assumed power.

Hon Onyeagucha spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Prince MacDonald Enwere, in an official release which copy was made available to Nigeria Watchdog. Writing under the caption, “Hon Uche Onyeagucha attributes the increasing cases of Covid-19 in the state to Governor Hope Uzodinmas leadership failure and complacency”, the release opined that the ravaging cases of Covid-19 in Imo State “is indeed testamentary evidence and a clear pointer to the lack of preparedness and failure of the present government in the state, in protecting Imolites from the viral pandemic”.

“The unabated spread of the virus has brought into focus the gapping puncture in the government strategy for the fight against the spread of the epidemic”, the release stated.

He went ahead to admonish the Hope Uzodinma administration thus, “at the midst of this ravaging scourge, every responsive government in the world is on its heel in formulating a streamlined policy direction and integrated action plan for the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic, but unfortunately, the present administration in the state has remained in the threshold of perplexity, mushrooming and wallowing in a moonlight tale without any concerted effort or intensified action of curbing and preventing the spread of the virus which is increasing in astronomical progression  in the state. 

It is only an irresponsive government with a predisposition to nonchalance and complacency that could fold its hands watching its citizens dying as a result of the novel zoonotic Coronavirus.

Despite the available stimulus support package for the fight against the deadly virus, Imo State is still recording new cases on daily basis. This is very worrisome.

However, we are calling on the present government to endeavor to put strong measures in place to contain the rapid spread of the virus in the state. Also, the government should open more testing centres in the State and encourage the people to go for test, if government is really sincere on the fight against Covid-19 in the state”.