President Muhammadu Buhari led government has included the south east geopolitical zone in the eastern corridor of the eastern corridor of the Calabar-Lagos rail project.
The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, made the disclosure while speaking at the 2018 edition of the World Igbo Congress (WIC) in the United States of America.
Okechukwu told participants at an interactive session with the Igbo elements in the Diasporas, at Nashville Tennessee on Saturday that the development situation in the south east was not as bad as being painted and that all hope was not lost in Nigeria. According to him, President Buhari had already embarked on massive critical infrastructure, among which was the Eastern Corridor Railways, which contract would be awarded before December, 2018.
Hear him: “Buhari‘s Roads, Rails, Agriculture and Power (RRAP PROJECTS) is the most massive infrastructure development ever embarked in Nigeria. Without being immodest my understanding is that the Eastern Corridor Railways will be awarded before December, 2018 and construction as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari will commence instantly. All hope is not lost as being painted, one can reassure my brothers and sisters. Bear in mind as well that some of the South East Governors are also doing their well.
“Am bold to say that the Federal Government of Nigeria is today constructing the 2nd Niger Bridge, on direct contract not Private Public Partnership and 69 other ancillary roads across the South East region as applicable in other geo-political zones. The construction of the Eastern Corridor Railways which will cover 18 states of the federation will soon commence. Let nobody deceive you.”
On his contribution, Chief Ben Obi, Senior Special Assistant Inter-Party and Political Matters to Anambra State governor, Willy Obiano, admonished Ndigbo living in foreign lands to think home. He said: “I at this point will appreciate the hard working team that is committed to the success of this Congress. Bring back your acquired knowledge to better our homeland and I appeal to Ndigbo to cue into APGA in order to have bargaining power with the Federal Government and other geo-political zones for the emancipation of Ndigbo.”
The Chairman of WIC, Professor Anthony Ejiofor, called on Ndigbo home and abroad to “commit themselves to the development of our homeland, as no group will do it for us.” He reeled out instances where diaspora people liberated their home countries and appealed that “we cannot be an exception.” Dr Stella Nwokeji in her slide presentation pleaded for the establishment of Emergency and Rescue Medicaid. She lamented that a lot of lives were lost on daily basis in Nigeria because of lack of emergency rescue and response.
The World Igbo Congress was attended by Ambasador Slyvester Nsofor and his wife, Professor TUC Nwala, President Ala-Igbo Development Foundation, Anthony Ejiofor WIC Chairman, Dr Richard Nwachukwu Secretary General, Ejike Ekwuazi Host President, Event Planning Committee Chair, Dr Ify Dike, Dr Luis Okonkwo, Mr Chudi Nnodu, Chief Sabi Nweke, Dr Innocent Ubakam, chairman Economic Development Committee, and other prominent personalities.