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Buhari pledges to visit South East soon, assures Leaders of New Roads & Rail Projects

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja assured stakeholders from the South-East that the region will benefit more from roads and coastal rail projects to boost the nation’s economy.

He told leaders from the region led by Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, that 2nd Niger Bridge, East-West road and the Coastal Rail project were receiving utmost attention from his administration.

The President said that counterpart funding from the Chinese government would substantially fund the projects, which when completed, would improve the welfare, well-being and economy of the region.

“I know the Chinese are very competent in handling such projects and we will ensure that we get the money for the projects to take off. I thank you for articulating your demands and I want to assure that we are doing our best for the country. If we can stop people from stealing, then there will be more resources to put into projects that will create employment for Nigerians,” he said.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Sen Enyinnaya Abaribe; Deputy Governor of Imo State, Chief Eze Madumere; Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Gov Okezi Ikpeazu of Abia State; Meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday (13/10/17) 05443/13/10/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

On allegations of under-representation of Igbos in his government, Buhari said:

“I gave South-East four substantive ministers in the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Science and Technology, and Labour. Seven states in the North got Ministers of State and of the two ministries headed by your sons, I cannot take any decision on foreign policy and investments without their input.”

He also promised the leaders, comprising governors and ministers from the region, president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo and representatives from the National Assembly, that he will visit states in the zone soon.

“I want to assure you that I came into government with a clear conscience and I will also leave with a clear conscience,” he said.

Earlier, Nwodo had articulated the demands of the zone and highlighted issues of state creation, restructuring, federal projects – Enugu-Onitsha road, Enugu-Port Harcourt road and Aba-Ikot-Ekpene road, among others.

Nwodo also demanded urgent presidential interventions on the Enugu Airport, reticulation of the gas pipelines in the South-East and the standard gauge plan for railway construction.

He commended the president for “remarkable achievements on security and the fight against corruption.’’

“We are ready to work with you; we are determined to work with you. We know you are a decisive leader and we know God will continue to give you the wisdom to govern Nigeria,” Nwodo declared.

In his contribution, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi expressed satisfaction on the outcome of their discussions with the president on critical issues affecting the region.

“You have no hatred for any state. You have treated all states with equality. What one state gets in the north, the other gets in the south,” the governor said.

7 Comments

  1. Kanyinsola

    October 14, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    2019 is here. Let the campaign begin ???

  2. nwa nna

    October 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Ndi Igbo political leaders are a bunch of let downs, they are just figure heads looking out for their own personal selfish interest and agenda. Hence, the reason the other regions, especially the North can never take the Ndi Igbo seriously. Always willing to go hat in hand to the hausa begging, rather than buckle down and move the Eastern region forward by developing it.

  3. Papacy

    October 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    By south east you mean imo state abi?

  4. Anon

    October 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Talk is cheap.

  5. kkay

    October 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Who believes this?….because I don’t.

  6. Hey

    October 14, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Buhari should go and sit down let some1 hear word. Kpaff

  7. nnenne

    October 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    South Easterners rejoice, for the president of the North is about to do you all a favour.

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