President Buhari Assures South-East Of Developmental Projects
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the people of the southeast geopolitical zone that his administration will ensure the timely execution of roads, power and other projects in the south-east.
Addressing Ebonyi state leaders of thought and traditional rulers at a meeting in government house Abakiliki, the president commended Ebonyi people for the warm reception accorded him during the state visit.
He said his presence in the state is a demonstration of his administration’s strong belief in the unity of Nigeria noting that as the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, the country’s diversity is unique among nations.
The president had earlier inaugurated the 14.5km Abakiliki-Afikpo federal road constructed by the Ebonyi state government.
He also commissioned the 700 metre length of the dual flyover over the trans-Sahara route running from Enugu to Cameroon, and the senator Offia Nwali Flyover, all in the state capital.
In addition, he performed the foundation-stone laying ceremonies of Ebonyi city mall, another flyover and road tunnel named after him.
The president also unveiled the statue of sir Akanu Ibiam, a former governor of the old eastern region, whom he described “as a great Nigerian, whose notable records of humanitarianism, advocacy of free primary education and rural development, will continue to be an inspiration to all.’’
President Buhari, who commended governor David Umahi for ”his vision and commitment to the development of the state,” also thanked the traditional rulers of the state led by Eze Charles Mkpuna for conferring him with the chieftaincy title of Enyioma 1 of ebonyi (trustworthy friend of Ebonyi).
At another event with south east traditional rulers led by Eze Eberechi Dick, the president was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Ochioha Ndigbo (leader of Igbo people).
Earlier in an address presented on behalf of Ebonyi elders by a former governor of the state, chief Sam Egwu, he appealed for more federal presence in the state, particularly the conversion of the college of education, Ikwo, to a federal college of education.
He also called for urgent intervention by the federal government to curb intra-communal clashes as well as cross-border disputes in the region.