Former Member of the House of Representatives and Board Member representing the South East on the Governing Board of the North East Development Commission, Rep. Sam Onuigbo has praised the Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti, for placing the development of the State above party politics.
Onuigbo made this known in Umuahia, following the award of the contract for the construction of Federal Secretariat, Umuahia.
The former National lawmaker who attracted the project since October 2019, said the takeoff of construction was delayed due to the politics of placing party above the people exhibited by the immediate past Abia State government.
He therefore expressed his gratitude to Governor Otti whom he said has shown early that his focus is on the development of Abia not minding the political party of the person attracting the developmental project.
Onuigbo who thanked the Traditional Ruler of Ekeoba Kingdom, Ohuhu, Umuahia North LGA., HRH Eze Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna, (Oba the Great of Ekeoba Kingdom) commended him for his tenacity and cooperation in ensuring that the project materialises for the benefit of not only Ekeoba people, but for Abia State in general.
The former lawmaker assured Eze Nwokenna that Governor Otti is fully committed to the process and has promised that the compensation due to the host community will be expeditiously taken care of. He therefore called on the Traditional Ruler to reassure his community of the commitment of the State Government to paying the necessary compensation, and therefore allow contractors to get to work.
In the same vein, he commended the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his commitment to equity and all round development of the country and assured that now that the bottleneck of self-sabotage has been removed by Governor Otti, Abia State will in no time have its long overdue Federal Secretariat including the benefits.
Recall that efforts are in top gear to celebrate Abia at 32 and that the state has been without a Federal Secretariat has been frowned upon by many who see the status quo as unbecoming of a state that has been existing for three decades plus.