Paris Club fund: Buhari Support Organization makes fresh demand for Enugu council poll
The Buhari Support Organization, BSO, Monday, renewed its demand for the conduct of local government election in Enugu State.
The group made the demand while briefing journalists in Enugu ahead of its National Committee of Buhari Support Groups in the five South-East States, scheduled to hold in Enugu on 21st January.
Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee and Chairman of the BSO, Chief Anike Nwoga said the meeting “is a re-union of Buhari Support Organisations in the South-East in preparation for a massive influx of prominent Igbo sons and daughters into the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
While disclosing that the Enugu State Government received its own share of the over-deductions from the Paris Club loans, he called for proper utilization of the funds.
“As you are equally aware, the Federal Government recently released N388.304 billion as refunds of over-deductions on London-Paris Club loans, of which Enugu State got N9 billion.
“Whereas, we use this opportunity to applaud our Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for making the N9.972billion received by Enugu State open and channeling it into payment of arrears of salaries and pensions as well as monies owed to contractors as President Buhari directed.
“However, we urge the Governor to ensure that unelected local government chairmen do not per take in the disbursement of the monies recently received, since they do not hold the mandate of the people.
“We still use this opportunity to call for local government elections as enshrined in Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended)”, Nwoga stated.
While expressing joy over the massive entry into the All Progressives Congress, APC, of Igbo sons and daughters after the 2015 general elections, he added that “our meeting of 21st January is to strategize on how to give our brothers and sisters a rousing welcome in the months ahead.
“For us, it is a celebration that majority of Igbos are acknowledging the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari towards improving the infrastructure base in the South-East, which wallowed in dilapidation during the 16 years rule of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party that Ndigbo gave 100 percent support.
“The massive influx into the APC in the South-East is also a testimony that our people are happy with the transparency exhibited by the current APC led Federal Government in managing the lean resources accruing to the country today as a result of the crash in crude oil prices.
“In just 24 months, the current Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration will achieve what its predecessors in PDP led federal government failed to do on the roads in the South-East region – Aba-Calabar, Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene, Owerri-Port Harcourt Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Port Harcourt expressways- in 16 years. In the 2017 budget, the South-East region got an allocation of N26bn for road projects, with Anambra State getting N13.7bn; Abia State, N1.3bn; Ebonyi Sate, N1.4bn; Enugu State, N7.5bn, while Imo State got N2.2bn.”
“We may recall that penultimate week the Federal Executive Council approved additional N16billion payment for the construction of the Second Niger Bridge. The job has commenced. This underscores Mr President’s commitment to raising the infrastructure base of the South-East as an to industrial and commercial region of the country.
“We wish to use this opportunity to once again to appeal to Ndigbo to have faith in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. We are optimistic that in the fullness of time, the Buhari administration will fulfill all promises made to the South-East region; especially Enugu Coal industry”, he further stated.