Says Imo state is stagnant

A group of technocrats and political activists who go by the name Imo Patriots for Good Governance (IPGG) over the weekend advised Governor Hope Uzodinma to allow the will of God to prevail over the pending Supreme Court case in Abuja which they said is giving the governor sleepless nights.

In release signed by the national president of IPGG, Chief Hilary Nwosu, the group decried the hardship that Imo people have been subjected to as a result of the governor’s desperate moves to remain in Douglas House Owerri even if it entails with holding the entire workers salary for as many years as possible.

They expressed concern over the inability of the governor to pay workers salary. “Worst still is that the governor engaged a stranger to oversee the payment of workers and pensioners which has never happened before. He has made the Accountant General figure head while completely taking over the job of the Accountant General. We had thought Rochas Okorocha was bad but we have a governor who doesn’t care about the plights of the people. As a group, we shall not keep quiet and watch Uzodinma pocket Imo State as if it is his private estate”, IPGG warns.

The release further urged Senator Uzodinma to explain to Imo people why he has refused to convene a Joint Account Allocation’s Committee (JAAC) meeting since he became governor February 2020, stating that it is grossly unlawful for governor to spend local government funds without holding a JAAC meeting.

Other issues they raised in the release include bad roads conditions and construction of substandard roads while also berating the idea of engaging a lawyer as commissioner for works and wondered what business a lawyer has to do with works aside helping to protect governor’s interest in any job awarded which has led to substandard projects as witnessed across the state. Of particular mention is the Asumpata Cathedral Port-Harcourt road and World Bank road which were only recently built or reconstructed by the Uzodinma’s administration.

They also mentioned the deplorable state of Imo schools and queried what happened to those contractors engaged by Ihedioha for building of new class room blocks across the state.

Regarding the Supreme Court case, the group said the matter will justify or otherwise the credibility of the judiciary in Nigeria, noting that for a court that gave judgment disqualifying a party’s, candidate to accept anyone to contest under that platform is an affront. They maintained that only God gives power and therefore cautioned against unduly enriching the Northern elements, most of who are notoriously known for subverting the course of justice.