By AFAM Echi
The Imo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over an alleged attempt by the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma to hijack the 27, 000 Federal Government jobs meant for local governments in the state.
They issued their concern in a Press Statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Ogubundu Nwadike and availed the Edge Express Newspaper.
It would be recalled that the recruitment process of the FG 1000 jobs per local government for the 774 local governments nationwide is ongoing now and Imo is billed to enjoy 27000 openings. PDP is alleging that Uzodimma has hijacked the jobs for his loyalists and cronies reminding that the governor is for the state and not his political group.
Excerpt of the message read:
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has received reports from reliable sources about the hijack of 27,000 job allocations to Imo State from the 774,000 jobs promised the 774 Local Governments in the country by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour. The allocations are based on 1000 jobs per Local Government. Imo State has 27 Local Governments and as such is allocated 27,000 jobs in the scheme.
“This party finds it most worrisome and most unacceptable that the current regime has decided to share the 27,000 jobs among only loyalists of Senator Hope Uzodimma and his Camphope political pressure group. The jobs were allocated to Imo State and Imo people. They were never allocated to the people at the corridors of power at this time, their families and their stooges.
“Therefore, Imo PDP uses this medium to vehemently express its rejection of the exposed plans by this regime to greedily and avariciously corner the 27,000 jobs for itself and its few supporters. Imo State is for all Imolites and never for the few people on the corridors of power.
“This party noted that expectedly the unpatriotic, nepotistic bigotry by this regime has ignited resistance among Imo people in all the local government areas where discrimination is being perpetrated by this regime against Imo people. It is most appalling that the relevant forms are being hoarded and shared clandestinely by this regime to members of Camphope and Uzodimma loyalists, while non-Uzodimma loyalists and Camphope members are given very stringent conditions and even charged fees secretly to enable the applicants obtain the appropriate forms.
“We therefore call on the relevant authorities, including the National Assembly, the Minister of Labour and others to intervene on this matter and call the regime in Imo State to order.
“Our party, after due considerations, hereby charges the Uzodimma regime to remember that it is serving entire Imo State and not only the Camphope political group. Therefore, let the modalities for determining who qualifies to get the form be worked out so that nobody or group of people will hijack and misappropriate our common patrimony as a State and a people, which in this case comes as 27,000 job opportunities from the Federal Government. Imo State belongs to all Imo people.”