PRESIDENT BUHARI VISITS EBONYI ON OFFICIAL STATE VISIT

President Mohmamadu Buhari on Tuesday inaugurated some projects in Ebonyi Ebonyi State as part of his two day visit to two south east states.

Anambra is the other State that the President is scheduled to visit.

The projects included two flyovers (Akanu Ibiam and Senator Offiah Nwali flyovers) at Abakaliki section of African Trans Sahara Highway and some roads in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Our Correspondent, AmechiOdo, who witnessed the event reports that major roads in Abakaliki now wear a new look with road medians and driveway edging blocks painted in green and white.

During the visit, the President visited Govenor David Umahi at Government House and addressed the state elders council before heading for the Abakaliki Township Stadium, now named after Pa Ngele, where he addressed the people of the State, including APC party faithful.

Earlier, in a news conference at Government House Abakaliki on the visit, Ebonyi

State Governor Umahi, said the visit had no political undertone.

Governor Umahi explained that Mr. President had been helpful to the state in so many areas including agriculture and solid minerals and as such was coming to see how far the state had fared.

This is the first time President Mohammadu Buhari will be visiting Ebonyi State on official capacity since his assumption of office.

The last time President Buhari visited the state was during All Progressives Congress presidential rally that took place at its  then state Secretariat opposite Abakaliki Township stadium in 2015.

Though his visit this time is on the request of Governor David Umahi, a resident of the state, Mr. Chris Egbe says his visit is also an opportunity for Igbos and the Presidency to work together for the development of the Zone.

A senior Lawyer, Chief OsuOduko commended President Buhari for accepting to visit the state and other parts of Igbo land noting that it would help him to have firsthand information on the issue of marginalization and possibly heal the wounds of the past.

The National Coordinator, Initiatives for Demonstrating Change, Comrade ChineduOgar described the visit as a welcome development as it would create opportunities for new political alignment.

The Acting Chairman, All Progressives Congress in the State, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu said President Buhari’s visit to the state would help Igbos to shun divisive tendencies and boost their confidence in APC led administration.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up with the Army, the Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps patrolling major streets and roads in the state capital.

AMECHI ODO

 

 

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