Imo State Government said it deliberately left the mountain of smelly refuse along the ever busy Douglas Road, Owerri, as punishment to the indigenes who have been fighting the administration.
Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr. Samuel Onwuemeodo, disclosed this yesterday during an early morning public accountability phone-in programme anchored by Hot 99.5 FM, Owerri.
“Government deliberately abandoned the refuse along Douglas Road, Owerri, to get back at Owerri people who have been battling the state government, over the relocation of the market.”
Pouring invectives on the leadership and indigenes of Owerri municipality, the Governor’s CPS, added that “Owerri people must be made to understand that they cannot eat their cake and have it.”
He also said that there is a court order restraining government from tampering with the market and this also explains why the refuse has been left by the government.
Most of the citizens who called into the programme, described the abandonment of the huge refuse as “a damnable plot to inflict hardship and disease on the people and not to respect a court order.”
To mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary, an Anglican priest in charge of Anglican Diocese of Owerri and Chaplain of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Imo State University, Rev. Canon Uche Chinamerem, was as pictured posing the refuse dump, drinking and sharing wine with another.
When asked by a journalist why he took such action, the clergy said that he did so to protest the dirty lifestyle of people of the state and government negligence.
“I went to celebrate in front of the refuse dump because what is there is shameful. Let’s accept that the government refused to clear the refuse, how can a normal human being go to the market every day, trade within that dirty environment and think nothing about the refuse? Don’t we have market women association, community groups or vigilantes in the area?
“Obviously, they are waiting for the government to clear the refuse. In Igbo parlance, we say a rejected man does not reject himself. Why have we decided to reject ourselves? Why can’t we clear the refuse and tell the government that if it cannot be responsible, we are responsible citizens? So, this is not just about spiting the government, but telling our people to wake up and do the right thing when the government has failed.”