President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday began moves to repair his battered image in South East Nigeria when he assured stakeholders from the region that the zone will benefit more from roads and coastal rail projects.
Hosting leaders from the region led by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu at Aso Villa, Mr. Buhari said the 2nd Niger Bridge, the East-West Road and the Coastal rail project, are receiving utmost attention from his government.
The president disclosed that 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,” he said.
The President of Ohanaeze, John Nwodo had earlier, while articulating the needs of the South East to the President mentioned the issue of state creation, restructuring, federal projects in the South East namely Enugu-Onitsha road, Enugu-Port Harcourt road and Aba-Ikot-Ekpene road, among others.
He also demanded urgent presidential interventions on the Enugu Airport, reticulation of the gas-pipelines in the South East and the standard gauge plan for railway construction.
The people in the South East don’t feel that they have been fairly treated by the Buhari administration. The feeling is widespread that they are being victimized by president Buhari for not voting for him in the 2015 election.