The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has declared President Muhammadu Buhari an honorary son of the Niger Delta region, saying that he has in only one year in office demonstrated his great love for the region and determination to fast-track its development.
The party cited the inclusion of the Calabar–Lagos rail line and Calabar–Itu road in the 2016 budget, as well as the impending Ogoni clean-up exercise to justify its position that President Buhari has done enough within a short while to qualify to be regarded as a Niger Delta son.
Chairman of APC in the state, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, described the inclusion of the Calabar – Lagos rail line in the 2016 budget as a demonstration of the love Buhari has for the Niger Delta and a measure of his seriousness to fast-track the development of the region and arrest unemployment in the area.
Ikanya said, “The importance of this singular project towards the general economic enhancement of the region and the country at large cannot be over-emphasised. With the inclusion of the death trap called Calabar – Itu road and other projects of prime benefit to the region in the 2016 budget and the kick-starting of the Ogoni clean-up exercise in the next few days.
“The Ogoni clean up, which the past administrations including the high corrupt administration of Dr Jonathan though a son of the region wickedly and totally ignored, it will not be out of place therefore if we declare President Muhammadu Buhari as a true friend and son of the Niger Delta region. With this development, all the efforts of Chief Wike to frustrate this exercise now amounts to noting.”
He pointed to the earmarking of N60 billion for the Calabar – Lagos rail line and N6.6 billion to rehabilitate the Calabar – Itu Federal Highway, in addition to the following major projects in the South-South: the rehabilitation of Odukpani – Itu – Ikot Ekpene road in Cross River/Akwa Ibom states (N6 billion); construction and installation of 10km of 33KV line and associated 2x15MVA 33/11KV sub-station at Ibuzor, Delta State (N360 million).