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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State has again raised the alarm at the rising tide of insecurity in the state under Governor Hope Uzodinma, lamenting that the once most peaceful and violence-free State has now become a city of blood and valley of death.
The party is also worried that while more than half of the state’s territories are currently under the occupation of bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and other non-state actors who levy death upon the people daily, farmers had abandoned their farmland resulting in an unprecedented upsurge of poverty, starvation and crime.
In a statement obtained by The Eastern Updates, the state publicity Secretary, Collins Opurozor, expressed concern that while people in the state are being slaughtered daily by terrorists, the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration is busy contriving measures to politicise and profit from the unfortunate situation.
‘It is irresponsible that a government would seek to fame its perceived foes with insecurity which it has an obligation to solve’. The PDP image maker who decried the failure of the state government to formulate health policy for nearly four years recalled that the state which in 2019 had an unemployment rate of 28% had retrogressively become the unemployment capital of the nation with over 60% unemployment rate.
Opurozor who equally took exception to incessant borrowings by the state government and the rots engulfing the local government system in the state noted that the state had become the most indebted Igbo state with a debt profile of N240 billion, even as he queried what the government had done with N130 billion it has borrowed so far.
‘It is curious that in all of the landmark borrowings by Senator Uzodinma, no effort has been made to redraw the industrial landscape of the state by re-jigging investment in the hugely vital agro-industrial sector where Imo has a major comparative advantage.