Despite what appears to be a short-change of South East geopolitical region in the current administration, fresh hope appeared weekend following revelations that infrastructural development in the region has been listed as one of the priorities to be confronted by President Muhammadu Buhari, soon.
Internal Auditor of the Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. George Muoghalu, gave this indication at the weekend when he declared that the debilitating road, power and security challenges in the south east geopolitical zone will soon be getting the President’s attention. This is just as the APC chieftain pleaded with Nigerians, particularly, people of the region to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari, as according to him, “the President is sure set to confront the infrastructural challenges in the region, soon.”
Muoghalu, while speaking in Abuja assured the south east zone of adequate representation in Buhari’s government, adding that the President is determined to stick to the APC manifesto which clearly addressed these issues.
According to him, “ If you take the South east for example, the issue of road infrastructure is very challenging, the issue of power, you know we have a lot of businesses that are anchored on power and since we have a power supply challenge it will be affecting business. “You need to also look at the issue of infrastructure, the issue of gross unemployment which Mr. President has been hammering on.
So, these are the gross challenges facing the people of the South east. “If you look at it broadly, it is not peculiar to the South east. This same issue of power supply, is also negatively affecting the man from Kano and the man in Kaduna is talking about the same thing. “In the same vein, there are security challenges in the north east and the south east but the difference is that they vary in scope and impact.
For example in the north east we are confronted with the issue of insurgency. In the south east, we do not have the of insurgency, but there is the issue of kidnapping and in the south-south, there is the issue of militancy. “So security challenges vary from place to place and when you look at it our manifesto, you see that we have plans to address these issues. And when you are addressing these issues, you will need to take note of the peculiarities of those challenges as it concerns specific zones”.