Former Governor of Anambra State and Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige has asked state governors to fix the federal roads passing through their states instead of waiting for federal intervention which could be long in coming.
Ngige, said this in Umuahia, Abia State, he also argued that it makes no sense for the governors to keep complaining about the deplorable condition of federal roads in their states when they could help in rehabilitating them, at least, for the sake of their people who are the major users of such roads.
He recalled that while he was governor, he rebuilt most of the dilapidated federal roads in Anambra while his successor in office was later reimbursed by the federal government.
Ngige said, “I re-built three quarter of all federal roads in Anambra and later went for refund, but Peter collected the refund of N12 billion.”
Ngige also challenged state governments to consciously invest in agriculture as a quick way to revamp their economies and be less dependent on allocations from the federal government.
He commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu whom he said had procured two million palm seedlings for distribution to the people with a proposal for additional seven million later in the year.
Ngige also enjoined the people of South East to stop castigating but support President Muhammadu Buhari whom he claimed has been showing some favour to the zone.
He Concluded saying,“They said Buhari hates us but he has been giving us things silently.”