Worried by the gross neglect and continued infrastructural decay in the South East geopolitical zone, the Inter-Party Advisory Council ( IPAC), has urged the federal government to quickly address the deficit to give the zone a sense of belonging.
The Secretary General of IPAC, and National Chairman of Citizens Popular Party, Chief Sam Eke, who conveyed the position at the South East IPAC retreat held in Umuahia, said the federal government should go beyond lip services and fix infrastructural challenges in the zone.
He commended the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for commencing work on the second Niger Bridge as well as steps taken to fix some federal roads in the zone but said more need to be done.
“I call on the federal government to ensure that many years of neglect of the zone are adequately addressed”, he said while urging governors in the zone to also unite for the economic and political advancement of the zone.
Commenting on the theme of the retreat, ‘Political and Economic Resurgence of South East’, Chief Eke charged the political elite and other stakeholders in the zone to synergise for the common interest of the zone instead of pursuing personal agenda.
He urged the stakeholders to unite and negotiate political power with other zones in the country, stressing that without political power much progress may not be achieved in the zone.