The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to develop the South-eastern part of the country, especially the road infrastructure in the region, which it likened to some of the roads in the insurgency-ravaged North-east.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir David Lawal, who made this known at the one year anniversary and empowerment programme organised by Hon Ossy Prestige, said President Muhammadu Buhari was working tirelessly to deliver a new country and dilapidated roads in the South East zone would soon receive attention.
Hon. Prestige is the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) member representing Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State in the House of Representatives.
The SGF, who was chairman on the occasion of the one year anniversary of the lawmaker, which held last month but details only just emerged yesterday, decried the poor road network in the region.
Lawal, who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters to the President, Mr. Gideon Samani, said that “We have noted the problems of this area as presented by the traditional rulers. During my trip from Owerri, we have seen how terrible the roads are. It is like if you are part of the IDPs in the North East zone.
“You know in the budget, we have provided money for fixing some of the roads, creating employment for the youths, including money for skill acquisition. Already, we are employing about 10,000 policemen.
“We have budgeted money for the less privileged. Mr. President is looking for men and women who will team up with him to rebuild the nation and make it great again.
“He wants people who will team up with him to fight corruption. Mr. President is trying his best to do away with corruption. Our President is also in the assignment of recovering stolen money”.
While commending Hon. Prestige for his sterling performance in the past one year as a lawmaker as well as commitment to the welfare of his constituents through the provision of empowerment items, the SGF urged him to defect to the governing All Progressive Congress (APC), to identify with the change agenda of the federal government.
He also pleaded with the people of the South East to give President Buhari support in his quest to develop the area in particular and the country at large.
Earlier, Mr. Prestige promised to continue to do his best to uplift the lives of his constituents, adding that within one year, he has instituted free health care, legal issues as well as road maintenance system for the constituency.
Among the empowerment items distributed at the event include tricycles, sewing machines, motorcycles, bags of rice and generators.