Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Jonathan promises additional state for Souh-East

ABA—PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, promised to ensure the creation of an additional state in the South-East and also address issues of infrastructure decay in the zone if re-elected.

He described the geopolitical zone as his political taproot and promised not to neglect it if he wins Saturday’s election.

The President made the promises in two separate sessions with the Aba business community and at an interactive session with stakeholders in Owerri, Imo State.

Speaking in Owerri the president assured that he would ensure that the recommendation of the National Conference on an additional state for the region was implemented.

“The proper thing to do is to ensure that the South East geo-political zone with only five states gets additional one as recommended by the National Conference for equality before any other zone agitating for additional state is considered”.

Continuing, President Jonathan said he was elated by the massive support he has been receiving from the South East zone, pleading that the same support should be given to him and his party in the general election to enable him consolidate on the achievements recorded by his administration.

“The South East is the support base of the PDP and I am here again to solicit for your support and blessings in the Saturday election. It is a rare privilege for me because the South East has not supported anybody the way they have supported me since 2011”, Jonathan said.

Speaking earlier, the factional chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Cletus Ilomunanya, said that they are solidly behind the re-election of President Jonathan who he said had done well in the last four years.

Ilomuanya regretted that the number of traditional rulers in the state who ordinarily would have joined in the reception for the president was reduced on account of what he said was intimidation by the state government.

Also speaking at Aba, Jonathan promised to quickly resolve the problem between Geometric Power station owned by Prof. Barth Nnaji and some power distribution companies to enable the company commence work to boost the industrial growth of Aba.

“The South East, generally, I owe you so much. You have taken me as one of you. Everybody knows that politically, I am stronger in the South East. The South East is the tap-root of my political structure, so I can’t ignore the zone. Anything humanly possible I can do for the zone, I will do it”, he assured.

Reacting to issues of dearth of infrastructures and amenities in the zone and Aba city in particular raised by both MAN and ACCIMA, the President promised to tackle them if he wins on Saturday.

“We are worried by the falling of the Naira, we are aware that it is affecting our business men and women. We will work with you; after the elections we will sit down and discuss the next four years.

“We will see how we can quickly sort out the Geometric problem to help Aba which has the greatest small scale enterprises in the country. Aba as a city needs a lot of Federal Government intervention beyond the issues of infrastructure you mentioned. Aba is a very key city, it is an industrial hub; we must work together to improve it”, the President said.

Before the interactive session, the President had commissioned the multimillion naira Alaoji Power Station and the Geometric

Source: Vanguard News

No comments:

Post a Comment


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...