The above is the caption of a response from the Imo State Government through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba in reaction to the harmless advice from Distinguished Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu over salary cuts and pension matters in the state.
Distinguished Senator Anyanwu had called on the APC led Government in the state to look beyond road rehabilitation, and address issues bordering on salary cuts and pension in the state.
Regrettably, instead of the Government to accept the advice in good faith and address the issues raised expeditiously having come from a man who doesn’t mean bad to the Government, she decided to resort to the use of guitar language in a matter of public importance.
Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, while defending the indefensible APC Government accused Senator Anyanwu of being steamed in opposition paranoid, and as such, ought to have known that government is not owing any staff.
Reading through the denials of Declan Emelumba, one therefore wonders why the state Government smartly dodged the question, “Is there any salary cuts on monthly basis?” before telling the public how many civil servants received their wage.
Against this backdrop, Distinguished Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu (Samdaddy) has been on the news for positive advice, and constructive analytical CRITICISMS across board.
One had expected the state Government to commend Senator Anyanwu for letting her know where she fails in the delivery of her campaign promises, rather than attacking him.
In as much as Senator Anyanwu respects Government and her managers having seen it all, he cannot fold his hands and watch Imo civil servants and pensioners molested, intimidated, and treated badly by any government or individual no matter his relationship with such person.
More so, as a Commissioner for Information and Government Chief image maker, Declan Emelumba ought to have avoided the use of guitar language in addressing salient issues as the one above in a bid to divert attention.
It is regrettable to note that the government is in the habit of commending anyone who sycophantly applauds her, and insults whoever that does not believe in her philosophy.
However, we consider this diatribe and poorly dispensed response as most unfortunate and unreasonable to the constructive approach used by Dist. Senator Anyanwu on the aforementioned subject matter.
However, it is the duty of the Government in power to put their records straight before hand, especially, when it has to do with salary and pension payments.
Notably, Distinguished Senator Anyanwu deserves an unreserved apology from Emelumba and the state government because, it is trite to say, beyond party affiliation, he has been very objective in all things he has been saying and/or contributing towards the development of a better society.
The questions are; are salaries of civil servants in the state not cut up to N30, 000 every month? If so, where is the money going to, and when will government pay back the money deducted from salaries?
Until Emelumba answer these questions, that is when we shall begin to listen to them as a responsible and responsive Government.
Remember, no Government wins the minds of the people through intimidation and use of guitar language.
Uncertainty over Imo LG polls, as ISIEC suspends tours over insecurity
Imo LG elections may not be coming up anytime soon as Imo State Independent Electoral Commission has suspended indefinitely, the ongoing Local Government tours.
Although, the commission at the time of filing this report had not given reasons behind sudden stoppage of the ongoing tours of the Local Government but a source close to the commission hinted Lead that the tour was stopped over rising insecurity occasioned by spate of attacks in the state.
The commission which had covered seventeen out of the twenty seven local Governments in the state had the plans of meeting with the stakeholders in the various Local Governments on the best date for the Local Government polls before the outbreak of the series of attacks in Imo.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had upon assumption of office appointed the chairman and members of the ISIEC, charged them to see to the conduct of a free and fair election in the Local Governments.
The commission in compliance with the directives of the Governor has carried out some modalities which include returning the political wards into the 305 in accordance with the Imo State law amongst others.
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We won’t watch Imo become killing field, says APC
The All Progressives Congress – APC has condemned the attack by some hoodlums in the state of the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.
The party went further to condemn the attacks on police properties, personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states.
While responding in a statement signed by the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning, John James Akpanudoedehe, said it will not fold their hands and allow Imo State to be turned into a field for blood shed.
The statement read, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) has closely monitored dangerous developments in Imo State which culminated in Saturday’s brazen and gruesome attack on the residence of the State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma
“The party equally condemns the wanton attacks on police personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states as well as Rivers State.
“We stand with the Nigeria Police Force and families of the victims in this difficult time as we mourn the deaths of innocent and dedicated security personnel simply carrying out their duty of protecting life and property.
“In Imo State, the attack on the Governor’s residence is an attack on democracy and constituted authority serving the interest of the good people of Imo state.
“While we are still in shock over the ugly turn of events in the state, the party sympathises with Sen. Hope Uzodimma and all affected in the bestial attack. We have since learnt that there were fatalities with others injured and maimed during the attack.
“The party and indeed our security services will definitely not watch helplessly as some persons and interests attempt to turn Imo State into a killing field. We call on the good people of Imo state to go about their legal activities without fear and resist these enemies of the state.
“Our security services must fish out the perpetrators of these attacks and their sponsors to face the full weight of the law so as to restore dignity to the citizenry and confidence in the system, particularly democratic and security structures.”
Ebube Agu not alternative to police, army, says Uzodinma
The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has disclosed that the newly formed Ebube Agu security outfit for the South-East region is not an alternative to the police, army and other federal government established security outfits.
The governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, said that Ebube Agu is but “a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.”
He identified youth unemployment and ethnic mistrust as the main root of criminality in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.
The statement identified idleness as the reason fueling criminality and insecurity in Nigeria.
The statement identified the governor as saying “his Government is working assiduously to resuscitate the state moribund industries in Imo by entering into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a seasoned private consulting firm, for the purpose of providing jobs for the Imo teeming youths to keep them away from crime.
“On the birth of security outfit for the South-East Geo-political zone codenamed EBUBEAGU, the Governor informed that it is not an alternative to the established security agencies such as Police, Army, Air Force, Navy, NSCDC, etc, but a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.
“They are to play complimentary roles on the efforts of the Federal Government and Security Agencies, knowing full well that a threat to security anywhere in the country is a threat to security everywhere in the country.
“Governor Uzodimma used the occasion to reiterate his stand that the security breaches in the South-East recently do not in anyway suggest that Ndigbo are tired of been in Nigeria. Rather, all we want is justice, equity and fairness in a big Nigeria family.”
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