By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki
The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has tasked southeast governors-elect, Okezie Ikpeazu, David Umahi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Emeka Ihedioha to put on their thinking caps, and think towards rapidly developing the region.
A communiqué signed after its meeting in Abakaliki by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Engr. Odera Udutchay, president general and deputy secretary general Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth council worldwide respectively called for collaboration and partnership between the governors.
They called on the governors to start thinking towards revamping the coal mine in Enugu,the Enyimba economic city in Aba, upgrading of Sam Mbakwe airport, commencement of the Nkalagu cement factory and establishment of salt production factory at Uburu in Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi state.
The statement reads, “We want to thank Ndigbo immensely for adhering to our earnest plea of ensuring that our performing southeast governors are re-elected to continue the good work they started four years ago in Abia, Ebonyi,and Enugu,as there was no need to change a winning team in the southeast.
“We congratulate the governors- elect, Okezie Ikpeazu, David Umahi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Emeka Ihedioha on their victories at the polls. This is a new challenge for them to collectively re-position southeast through collective collaboration, partnership and mutual understanding, which should yield adequate dividends of democracy by positively partnering with the federal government.
“We hope to see the revamp of the Enugu Coal Mine (closed for 46years now). We expect more Job opportunities in Enyimba Economic City (the new Dubai)in Aba, we expect Sam Mbakwe Airport upgraded to full international airport in Owerri, and commencement of Nkalagu cement factory in full operation/ establishment of salt factory in Uburu, Igbo youths are full of hope.
“Ohanaeze youths will reach out to other guber candidates in various states that contested with the governors-elect in southeast to mellow down and accept the people’s verdict as the wish of almighty God.
“There is no need to waste resources in litigation to disrupt governance In Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states during the next four years, as we will equally encourage the governors-elect to extend the hands of friendship to the other guber contestants in their various states, and mostly accommodate their followers in their cabinet.
“We applauded Ndigbo for making it possible for equity to reign in the southeast by ensuring that in Abia, the Abia charter of equity was respected by allowing Ukwa/Ngwa axis to complete their tenure, likewise in Ebonyi where the Ebonyi south was allowed to win in the person of governor Dave Umahi.
“Equity reigned supreme in Enugu where Nsukka zone was re-elected in the person of governor Ugwuanyi,and with the victory of Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha from Owerri zone, especially Mbaise is heading to Dogulas (government) house for the first term, Ndi Imo got it right.
“We advice all the governors-elect in southeast to ensure that they partner with federal government and get the desired result for Ndigbo and ensure ongoing federal Road projects are completed, and the second Niger bridge.
“They should consider youths for various positions in their cabinets, the recycle of old politicians in their cabinets will be resisted, and we will not tolerate further any form of godfatherism in Igbo land again, which is the bane of development in some states. We have set up machinery to deal with any perceived godfather obstructing governance in southeast”, it stated.