Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has called on Nigeria's federal government to expedite action on bringing development to the Southeastern part of Nigeria, as the people have long being neglected by successive federal administrations.
Okorocha who is also the chairman of the progressive governors forum decried the parlous state of infrastructure in the region, which produces some of Nigeria's most industrious investors and thinkers. The Governor who hosted the nation's acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as the latter toured some oil producing communities in the State, also expressed hope that the APC led federal government shall do more to correct the injustice being suffered by the Igbo people and assuage their justified grievances.
Hear what the Chairman All Progressive Governor's Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha said:
“No other group in Nigeria that had invested as much into our nationhood can sing the song of marginalisation as much as Ndigbo has been made to sing it. We have nothing to show that we are part of the Nigerian project; neither do we have any sense of belonging in the present government at the national level."
“We have been marginalised both in terms of projects and appointments. In Imo State, for instance, all we have is a Minister of State to show for all the efforts and extreme sacrifices we made to ensure that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had a good outing in the last general elections.”
Okorocha continued: “I know you are the Acting President and has the ears of the President. So, there is no better person to tell our painful story than you. You need to take a second look at what is happening in the South-East. No serious political appointment, no visible federal infrastructure so far, to show the presence of Federal Government in the South- East in general."
“I beg that as the government gives subsequent appointments, let the qualified sons and daughters of the state and region be considered".