An International organization, Igbos for Progressive Nigeria has (IPAN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for intervening in all the abandoned federal projects in South-East Nigeria.
IPAN Observed that the federal projects started receiving presidential touch since 2015, being the period the President assumed office.
The National President of the Group, Comrade Lawrence Onuzulike made the commendation while addressing journalists in Awka.
In his words, ” In particular, we want to appreciate Mr. President for the construction work going on at the very important second Niger bridge and other associated roads and flyovers within that axis, after 40 years of delays and disappointments.
“IPAN is also grateful for the ongoing rehabilitation work on Enugu-Onitsha expressway, the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, the old Enugu-Awka expressway, Okigwe road, and other roads recently awarded.
“We praise the setting up of industrial parks in Aba and Nkwelle Ezunanka by the federal government, the energizing market projects in Ariara market, Aba, and the solar power projects in Alex Ekwueme University in Ebonyi State and Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Anambra State.
The truth is that the people of the South East have never had it this good in terms of federal projects.
“However, like the fictional Oliver Twist, we are asking for more. IPAN appeals to the federal government to carry out urgent rehabilitation of bad portions of the Onitsha-Owerri road, completion of Owerri to Elele section of the Owerri-Port Harcourt expressway, as well as the commencement of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri railway, once funding is secured for it.
We also hope that the Ministry of Transportation and the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) will expedite actions to make the Onitsha River Port fully functional by, among other things, carrying out dredging of the river channels, so as to enable big vessels to sail from Onne Port to the Onitsha River Port.”
Speaking on security, Comrade Onuzulike condemned without mincing words, the recent establishment of an armed group in the South East, describing it as the height of recklessness and must not be allowed to fester.
“Anyone who sets up a ragtag militant group or shows support to such group must be treated as an enemy of the state and must be brought to book by the security agencies, to avoid situations like what transpired in Orlu axis of Imo State last week.
“Governors, political and community leaders from the South-East must come out forcefully to condemn the illegal security outfit and push for their immediate arrest and prosecution.
“Major stakeholders in the zone, including former public office holders, former presidential aspirants/candidates, religious leaders, and others, should stop looking the other way when issues like this arise.
“They should use their platforms to condemn what is bad and stop focusing attention on what is happening in Zamfara, Katsina, and Southern Kaduna. Let us work to ensure peace in our region.” Onuzulike pointed.