The Uncommon Projects in the Southeast are a Result of Good Governance, Says Ngige
The Minister for Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has lauded the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for the commissioning of the Second Niger Bridge, construction of Enugu International Airport and other capital projects in the Southeast region. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ebele Okeke Federal Secretariat in Awka, Anambra State, Ngige said these projects were the result of good governance and not a political favor.
Despite the Southeast region not voting for Buhari and the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 and 2019 general elections, Ngige noted that he had previously informed his people about the administration’s plans to develop the region through these uncommon projects.
While reminiscing about the construction of the First Niger Bridge in 1965, Ngige said the bridge was only possible due to the political alliance between President Tafawa Balewa and the then-president, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. The Second Niger Bridge became imperative during the civil war, and former Anambra governor Ngige revealed that the previous president had sent contractors in 2005 to start the project.
However, Ngige credited the Buhari administration for delivering on its promises to the Southeast region, despite the bad politics played by the region in the past elections. In 2015 and 2019, the APC lost in all five Southeast states, and Ngige urged the Igbo people to stop playing politics of exclusion and putting their eggs in one political basket at every election.
In summary, Ngige called for a return to the old political culture of Zikism and Michaelism, where political alliances were formed across party lines for the betterment of the region.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by other dignitaries, including the Minister of State Works and Housing, Hon. Umar Ibrahim El Yakub, and Director Overseeing Office of the Permanent Secretary, federal ministry of works and housing, Engr Folorunso B. Esan.