By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”LEADER of the Peopleâ€™s Progressive Alliance (PPA) in Enugu State, Chief Okey Ezea, yesterday, challenged the recent statement by Governor Sullivan Chime, in which he claimed that opposition parties in the state have been silenced by his development programmes.The PPA described the statement as provoking, misleading and a mere misrepresentation of facts.
Ezea, who was the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the 2007 election in the state, said nothing is working under the leadership of Governor Chime in Enugu State, even with the huge allocation received by his government.
Governor Chime had while flagging off the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign for the December 5 local government election in the state last Friday, said that there was no opposition in the state as other political parties have lost relevance, boasting that the PDP would sweep the polls in the council elections.
Ezea, who had repeatedly raised alarm over what he described as alleged mismanagement of the stateâ€™s resources by the present administration, in his reaction, saidÂ â€œChime is insulting our intelligence by making such a statement. As I talk to you,Â no industry he met on ground is working. Is it the Niger Steel and Gas Company, the Vegetable Oil Company in Udi or the Aluminum Company in Igbo-Etiti.
â€œChime has not created a single job since he came on board, rather people have been sacked. Before he took over, the council areas wereÂ run on the basis of 56 development areas, today he recognised only 17, thereby creating more unemployment in the state.
“Despite unaccounted N130 billion generated from federal allocation as well as other unnamed bank loans in the past three years, Chime could not fix the only university owned by the state, ESUT. Some students have studied medicine for over ten years and recently two students were killed in a protest match in the school.
â€œWhat is working in Enugu State? Is it the general hospitals in Ikem, Igboeze and Awgu that have been taken over by rodents or the terrible condition of roads, from Orji River to Awgu or from Enugu to Isi-Uzo, Ninth Mile Corner to Iwolo and so many others? The roads he (Chime) did in parts of Enugu metropolis was not even up to Enugu central senatorial district. With the quantum of money he received unaccounted for, Enugu is far away from development and our people seem not to appreciate these facts”, he added.