President Buhari on Friday reassured the stakeholders from the South East who pay him a visit that the region will benefit more on the ongoing federal government infrastructural projects i.e roads and coastal rail projects, which are of critical importance to the economy.
While speaking with the leaders of the region, led by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, the governors and ministers from the region, the President of Ohaneze, Chief Nnia Nwodo and representatives from the National Assembly, the President declared that 2nd Niger Bridge, the East-West Road and the Coastal rail project, are receiving utmost attention from his administration.
The President also reiterated his commitment to the development of the south-south and south-eastern part of the country. “I will visit states in the zone soon” he said. He also urges the leaders of the zone to continually support FG in order to actualize the change they are yearning for.
“I want to assure you that I came into government with a clear conscience and I will also leave with a clear conscience,’’ he said.
The President said counterpart funding from the Chinese government would substantially fund these projects, which when completed will improve the welfare, well-being and economy of the people in the region.
“I know the Chinese are very competent in handling such projects and we will ensure that we get the money for the projects to take off. I thank you for articulating your demands and I want to assure that we are doing our best for the country. If we can stop people from stealing, then there will be more resources to put into projects that will create employment for Nigerians,’’ the President said.
In Response to the allegations of under-representation of Igbos in his government, Mr President noted: “I gave south-east four substantive ministers in the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Science and Technology and Labour. Seven states in the North got Ministers of State and of the two Ministries headed by your sons, I cannot take any decision on foreign policy and investments without their input,’’ he said.