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South East to be integrated into the railway network – VON DG

South East to be integrated into the railway network - VON DG -

Olisemeka Obeche

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.

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“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.

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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.

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