Imo PDP, governor differ on state of economy, unemployment
Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) under Governor Hope Uzodimma of creating an unfriendly environment resulting in a declining state economy and rising unemployment.
Specifically, the PDP lamented the closure of 102 bakeries, which it said, had led to the loss of over 15,306 jobs in the state.
In a statement issued, yesterday, by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Ogubundu Nwadike, it accused the state government of introducing bad policies aimed at endangering the economy and largely unfavourable to bakery operators.
The PDP in Imo State frowns on the news about how as many as 102 bakeries in the State have been forced to close shop, owing to bad business and economic conditions, culminating in the sad sack of 15,306 workers in the state.
“This party feels outraged at such revelation about the economic hardship in the state among entrepreneurs and citizens. Consequently, Imo PDP hereby charges Uzodimma to wake up and address the bad economy, the poverty and sufferings of Imo people.
“Our party finds it rather insensitive that in a state that lacks standard industries and factories, and without any plans or policy for industrialisation, the administration could afford to toy with the business and economy sector, which resulted in the closure of 102 bakeries and sacking of 15,306 workers,” It said.
But in a swift reaction, Governor Uzodimma insisted that the state government under his watch was committed to building strong economy through the introduction of friendly policies.
Uzodimma disclosed this in Owerri, while addressing some financial experts in the state, adding that the PDP was crying wolf and trying to create panic and bad blood among Imo people against his government.
The PDP cited BusinessDay Media Awards, which named Imo as The State With The Fastest Growing Economy in Nigeria under former Governor Emeka Ihedioha-led PDP government in 2019.
It also recalled that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) rated Imo as The Least Corrupt State In Nigeria, adding that the state won other awards in business and economy, as well as ease of doing business in the country, and charged Uzodimma to urgently initiate policies that would boost the state economy and create jobs for Imo people.