The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has acknowledged President Muhammadu Buhari as a honorary son of the Niger Delta region. Chairman of APC in the state, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, in an account delivered in Port Harcourt yesterday said that he has in only one year of office reaffirmed his great love for the region and determination to fast-track its development.
In the event yesterday the party mentioned that the inclusion of the Calabar–Lagos rail line and Calabar–Itu road in the 2016 budget, as well as the forthcoming Ogoni clean-up exercise had justified that President Buhari has done amply well within a short period of time and hence merits to be regarded as a Niger Delta son.
These inclusions according to them is a demonstration of the love Buhari has for the Niger Delta region and a measure of his preparedness to fast-track the development of the region and arrest unemployment in the area.
Dr Ikanya said, “The importance of this singular project towards the general economic enhancement of the region and the country at large cannot be over-stated. 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 remarked about 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).