… Public ffairs ommentator sees speech as disappointment
… Igbo group describes Imo Government as ill-advised.
The May Day speech of Governor Hope Uzodinma to mark the 2021 Workers Day in Imo State has elicited varying unsavory comments from varying individuals and groups in the state.
Reacting to the governor’s speech, a commentator on public affairs in the state, Dr Eweliwe Ahaiwe, said the governor disappointed many people in the state when he failed to give orders lifting the non-payment of some workers in the state.
Dr Ahaiwe said it is unimaginable that some of our brothers and sisters who have been denied their salaries for periods ranging from 4 months to 16 months will continue to groan and suffer the unwarranted deprivation occasioned by an inexplicable governmental error or sheer insensitivity.
He described the continued non-payment of the workers as a grave omission which he likened to an act against humanity.
In its own reaction, the Imo State Chapter of Igbo Ekwezuo Socio-cultural Organization, through its Public Relations Officer, Mr Ekelezuo Ekelesim, said the government of Senator Hope Uzodinma is being ill-advised over the payment of workers’ salaries, observing that the Government will be doing itself a lot of good if it should change the crop of people advising it on its present footsteps.
Also commenting, the President General of Imo Better Life Advocates, Nze Ezinwa Ezechinyere, said the Governor has not been able to adduce reasons as to why the names of some workers suddenly dropped from its payroll few months after he assumed office as the governor of Imo state.
He observed that the theatrics over the salaries of some Imo workers provides a reasonable insight on the day-to-day happenings in the Government.
In his own reaction, the Chairman of Non-Partisan Imo Leaders Assembly (NPILA), Dr Ezeukwu Ofoire, expressed doubt that the Government of the people will seem unfriendly to the people, adding that if the entire processes leading to the formation of the Government anchored on the people, things would have turned out differently.
Dr Ofoire said his group can only ally with a Government which not only drew its mandate from the people but also has people-oriented policies, programmes and projects as the fulcrum of its administration.
Also commenting, Mr Chimezie Ebubenna, said in the time past, Governor’s May Day speeches came with robust packages for workers unlike the present day situation where the speeches are more of lamentations as exemplified by the watery, chaffy, and lack-lustre speech of Governor Uzodinma.