Action Alliance (AA), Imo State, has described the situation of the state as tantamount to torture.
Speaking to journalists in Owerri, weekend, the state chairman of the party, Comrade Ifeanyi Okponwa Eze wondered what could be the rationale for such all-round torture.
Okponwa Eze said AA had earlier cautioned the Hope Uzodimma led administration in the state to shun irrelevant political battles and commit totally to the welfare of Imolites, but regretted that the government seems not to have the welfare of the people at heart.
The chairman submitted that there is no justification for the near-total collapse of major roads in the state for a government that came into power at the peak of dry season and had all the time to arrest the deplorable roads.
He maintained that the greatest disservice the Uzodimma administration has done is to subject Imo people to same harrowing experience they passed through last rainy season.
Okponwa Eze said the government has no excuse for allowing the Owerri-Orlu and Owerri-Okigwe roads to remain deplorable even when there was an ongoing remedial works on the roads in January when the government came into power.
The AA boss held that there is nothing to excite about the Memorandum of Understanding the government said it has signed with Julius Berger on the two roads, adding that the only thing that can pacify Imo people is seeing the roads tarred and not paper works.
He described what is happening on MCC Road and Naze-Nekede-Ihiagwa road, Owerri, as height of an embarrassment.
“The Naze-Nekede-Ihiagwa road was almost ready for asphalting before the Emeka Ihedioha administration was ousted. It is unfortunate that the road has gone worse six months after Uzodimma took over. Look at MCC Road Owerri; you destroy access to people’s shops and residences in the name of constructing gutters and for four months, you have only been able to construct about 200 metres of gutter on one lane of the road. And same government would commission revenue agencies such as ENTRACO, OCDA, IMSAA to go tax same people that are not making sales due to bad road. Imo people do not deserve this”.
The AA Chairman frowned that no section of Imo people including workers and pensioners have heaved a sigh of relief within the six months Uzodimma has been on the saddle, which he said is evident in series of protests that have rocked the state.
He therefore, urged the state government to wake from its slumber if actually it has a genuine mission for the state.