Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, says President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the Eastern Corridor Railways, which would cover 18 states.
Mr. Okechukwu said at the interactive session of the annual World Igbo Congress (WIC) which was held in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States, that the contracts for the railways would be signed before December.
In a statement to newsmen, Mr. Okechukwu said that “the situation at home is not as bad as being painted and that all hope is not lost in Nigeria’’.
“Buhari’s Roads, Rails, Agriculture and Power (RRAP PROJECTS) is the most massive infrastructure development ever embarked upon in Nigeria.
“Without being immodest my understanding is that the Eastern Corridor Railways will be awarded before December, 2018 and construction as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari will commence instantly.
“All hope is not lost as being painted; one can reassure my brothers and sisters here.
“Also, bearing in mind as well that some of the South East governors are also doing their best to uplift the infrastructure and social amenities in the zone,’’ Okechukwu said.
“I am bold to say that the Federal Government is today constructing the 2nd Niger Bridge on direct contract not Private Public Partnership and 69 other ancillary roads across the South-East as applicable in other geo-political zones.
“The construction of the Eastern Corridor Railways which will cover 18 states of the Federation will soon commence. Let nobody deceive you,’’ Okechukwu said.
The Chairman of WIC, Prof. Anthony Ejiofor, called on Ndigbo at home or abroad to commit themselves to development of our homeland, “as no group will do it for us’’.
Ejiofor, however, reeled out instances where Diaspora people liberated their home countries and appealed that “we cannot be an exception’’.
Dr Stella Nwokeji, a renowned medical consultant, in her slide presentation pleaded for the establishment of Emergency and Rescue Medic-aid.
The World Igbo Congress was attended by, Sylvester Nsofor, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, his wife, as well as Prof. Uzodimma Nwala, President of Ala-Igbo Development Foundation among others.