Friday 28th April, 2017
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Give us federal university, Abia oil- producing communities tell FG

Give us federal university, Abia oil- producing communities tell FG

Oil-producing com­munities in Abia State have de­manded the immediate establishment of a federal university in their land as one of the conditions for lasting peace in the area.
The communities, who made the demand during a town hall meeting with Vice President Yemi Osin­bajo in Umuahia said the Federal Government had since rewarded their coun­terparts in other states with federal institutions, and wondered why Abia’s case would be different.
President of Ukwa Youth Congress who conveyed this position at the meeting, Nwogu Chima, warned the Federal Government not to take the peaceful disposi­tion of youths in oil- pro­ducing communities in the state for a weakness.
He argued that they de­served appreciation for not vandalising oil installations in their domain unlike their counterparts in other Niger Delta states, positing that it was high time the federal government sited a federal university of sci­ence and technology in Ukwa land.
Lending credence to the position, former Commis­sioner for Petroleum and a stakeholder in Ukwa land, Chief Don Ubani, said “ we need a federal university; other stakes took to arms but we resorted to peace, therefore we deserve a bet­ter treatment”.
The Director , Centre for Equity and Eradication of Rural Poverty, regretted that Abia and Imo State were usually neglected and side­lined by the federal govern­ment when treating Niger Delta states.
Adding his voice, the Senator representing Abia South zone, Senator Eny­innaya Abaribe, said it was provocative that Abia remained the only state without any federal uni­versity in their oil- pro­ducing communities, and called on the federal gov­ernment to correct the anomaly.
 

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