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|Imo’s Unjust And Rotten LGA Caretaker System by myami: 9:42am On Oct 05, 2021|
By Kenneth Uwadi
SIR: It is more than 20 months since the government of Chief Hope Uzodinma came into office. The Uzodinma’s government has unleashed a neo-liberal attack on workers and poor masses by making the local government councils in the state redundant. Imo State councils are suffering from a form of Dutch disease. There is mass suffering and poverty in our rural areas in the midst of huge material and human resources.
The past 20 months have brought fundamentally nothing to workers and poor masses in our councils in term of infrastructural development and improved living standards. The 20 months have only recorded collapse of our councils, unemployment, jumbo pay for top government functionaries, brazen looting of the councils by those in government and their business allies, and criminal transfer of public properties to private vampires for their profit-first interests.
The continued use of caretaker administration in Imo LGA’s instead of elected council men is prescribing and administering poison as medicine for the chronic ailment of the Imo economy. The infrastructures in our LGA’s such as roads, water, and education are in a state of stagnation and utter decay.
Currently most rural roads are in deplorable conditions causing virtual paralysis in economic activities with a number of incalculable lives and vehicles being lost and damaged. The road linking Egbema to Owerri via Adapalm and also through Izombe have become so bad to the extent that the transport dislocation arising from this is a thing to shed tears, hot bitter tears. Public education has become so neglected to an extent that only those who have no options send their children and wards to public schools.
Increasingly, most children of the thieving capitalist elite are being educated in the best private schools and tertiary institutions locally and internationally.
Imo State LGAs must come back to existence. Elections should be conducted and elected council men be put in place. Imo State has become one of the most unequal societies in the world, with the richest 20% of Imolites getting 55.7% of the state’s total income while the poorest 20% are left to struggle for just 4.4%. This is not an isolated opinion. Indeed this is the opinion of the mass majority of Imolites. The most serious aspect of Imo’s problems is the poor and hopeless condition of the youths. Today unemployment has become a permanent feature of the life of Imo youths.
Therefore, quite naturally, the first instinctive wish of every suffering working person and poor Imolite is the desire to get rid of the present unjust, rotten LGA caretaker system in the state. Most ordinary people, and even substantial layers of the rich and middle class elements, most earnestly desire an elected council government that would make life better for the rural areas. Unfortunately however, as things stand today and unless checkmated, the continuous use of caretakers in Imo Councils will only yield greater and unprecedented mass poverty in the midst of plenty and a never thought of political instability and social nightmare. Let us do the right thing.
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