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High Chief Ikechi Emenike who is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, has made full assurances that the oil-bearing communities in Abia State can be assured of a better deal when the main opposition party comes to power in 2023.
High Chief Ikechi Emenike had given this assurance at Ohambele, Ukwa East Local Government Area during a meeting with party stakeholders, while making a note of the fact that the entire Ukwa East and West local governments have been serially neglected by successive Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governments.
Abia earned its status as oil-producing state and component of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) due to the oil wells in Ukwa West and the capped oil ones in Ukwa East.
Emenike, who described Ukwa as “a blessed land” with oil and good topography, decried the persistent neglect of both Ndoki and Asa people, whose land is the goose that lays the golden egg for Abia State.
He had, while on his way to Ukwa East with his entourage, experienced the deplorable state of the roads leading into Ukwa, noting that it was the effect of bad governance that has spread across Abia.
According to him, nobody “after passing through this road(Azumini-Opobo road) and others in Abia State” would not be moved to be part of the coming change in the state.
“When the change comes that road you’re seeing in very bad shape will be in good shape,” he said, adding that it appears that the ruling PDP government “loves bad roads” given the decay all over the state.
The Abia APC leader had also expressed full regrets that building of roads has continued to be part of election campaigns in Abia State whereas an elected government should be talking of bigger issues and not mundane ones like road construction.
“Don’t worry about development,” the governorship hopeful told the oil-bearing communities, adding “all we need is for you to be part of the movement for change.” He said the roads leading to Ukwa would be among the priority projects when he takes the reins of power.
He stated that if Ebonyi State could achieve the quantum leap in development over the past seven years with far less revenue compared to Abia, “we can do better and even create the economic base for sustainability”.