By Emeka Akomas, Umuahia
Member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency (Abia) in the National Assembly Hon. Uko Nkole, has condemned the exclusion of the South East from the zones to benefit from the Railways and Transnational gas projects.
Hon. Nkole who made the remark in Umuahia while speaking with journalists debunked the claims that federal lawmakers receive jumbo salaries, regretting that the South East zone, by her exclusion by the federal government, may find it difficult to measure up economically with other zones which make up the country. “Railways is a very important player in transportation system of any country but the South East from what is on ground is no where to be found in the projects already executed and those yet to be done.”
“Ajaokuta -Kaduna-Kano Gas plan which was flagged off three weeks or a month ago, where is the place of the South East? How can a project of this magnitude be flagged off and an entire zone like ours is grossly marginalized? Schemed out! And, you know that the loans sourced to execute the projects would be repaid by every Nigerian, including the people of the South East. Is there any justice in this? Even the unborn generation of Igbos would be made to pay for what their parents did not even benefit from.”
He further alleged that some great infrastructural initiatives of former President, Goodluck Jonathan had been twisted by the present government to favour only some particular zones, leaving the South East gasping.
On the claim that members of the federal legislature received outrageous salaries, Nkole urged Nigerians to disregard the claims, explaining that what is published in the pages of newspapers as their accumulated take- home is not in tandem with their actual earnings as some of the monies claimed to be accruing to them were actually loan packages which each lawmaker must repay from source.
He appreciated the efforts of the members of the National Assembly, but noted that their interventions in the running of the country were only advisory, as the executive arm in most times, disregards their recommendations on important national issue.
On his scorecard representing his constituency, Nkole noted that his transformational strides earned him re-election in 2019, resulting in his winning in 18 out of 22 wards in his area. The ex-civil servant explained that several constituents had been employed into federal civil service, while calling for more support for Governor Okezie Ikpeazu towards full take off of Enyimba economic city project initiated by the Governor.
Nkole noted that the gains of the Enyimba economic city would be enjoyed by generations unborn when as it would soon attain full fledge. He called on governors of the South East to close rank in development efforts, irrespective of political party affiliation.