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NGO decries dearth of infrastructure in Southeast region



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An Enugu-based Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), People for Good Leadership and Accountability, has raised concern over the decay of infrastructure in the South East region.

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The National Legal Adviser of the NGO, Mr Celestine Iloh, raised the concern on Thursday during a courtesy call on the Enugu Zonal Office of the News Agency of Nigeria .

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Iloh said that the various state governments in the zone had not done enough to attract the type of infrastructure that would support quality life in the area.

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He said that the type of infrastructure on ground in the area was a mockery of the huge Federal Allocations and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), that accrued to the states in the zone.

“The time for our people to demand for good governance and accountability is now because there is much decay in this zone.

“We are the ones victimizing ourselves in this country. The politicians are not listening to us,“ he said.

The legal adviser said that it was unthinkable that there was no potable water in Enugu State and the educational sector was deteriorating.

“If the roads are good and the hospitals in good shape, nobody will complain,” Iloh said.

Also, the Board Chairman of the NGO, Mr Chris Okoye, said that the group had set out to monitor the execution of constituency projects in the area.

Okoye said that they would galvanise the people of the area, including other NGOs to demand for accountability from political leaders.

He said that government must be seen to be working for the people by justifying all monetary receipts they held in trust for the people.

He called for the collaboration of NAN in their tasks, adding that the media was indispensable in enthroning good governance and in the crusade against corruption.

Responding, the NAN Southeast Zonal Manager, Mrs Maureen Atuonwu, said that it was sad that most political leaders were not passionate in working for their people.

Atuonwu said that such situation was the result of the decay of infrastructure across the zone.

She however, blamed the rot on the masses, whom she said had remained docile in the face of glaring maladministration.

“The problem with bad leadership rests squarely on the masses because we have failed to hold our leaders accountable. We aid and abate their poor performance,” she said.

The zonal manager said that it was time the people started resisting leadership imposition through the ballot.

“What you are doing is commendable. We need to come together to demand for accountability,” Atuonwu said.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)


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