EBONYI-A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state has hailed the state’s transformation under Governor David Umahi, describing it as magical and dumbfounding.
Nweze who was the pioneer APC secretary in the state, made the confession in an interview, noting that he had no choice than to express his feelings despite being a member of the opposition APC.
Nweze who was the Former Executive Chairman of Ohaozara LGA said that he was marveled with the level of infrastructural development witnessed in the state when he visited after a ‘long absence’.
“My eyes saw what I never imagined to see being a fiery critic of the governor and I battled with my conscience in making this feeling known to the world.
The former Vice Chairman of the state branch of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) said that he never imagined to see more than four standard ‘flyovers’ completed on the main expressway in the state, the trans-Saharan Abakaliki-Enugu high way and others about to be completed on the same road.
“When I toured Abakaliki at night, I did not use the headlamps of my vehicle because streetlights which are functional, have been installed almost in every part of the city and I do not know anywhere in Nigeria where almost all the roads in the capital have been reconstructed– majority on concrete.
He said that the roads are constructed with properly designed drainages as the most astonishing thing is the successful relocation of traders at the Abakpa main- market Abakaliki to the International market.
“This is pure demonstration of sagacity and political will which is very uncommon among our political leaders and having been involved in Ebonyi politics since its state’s creation in 1996, I know that past administrations tried unsuccessfully to ensure the relocation.
Nweze said that the new government house being constructed by the governor is world class as he took the developmental strides to another level by ensuring that other parts of the state also received the same infrastructural facelift.
“The second-ranked most developed town in the state—Afikpo has been turned into a ‘mini’ capital with concrete roads everywhere while Onueke, which is also in the ranking has also being given a huge face-lift.
He said that all the 13 LGA of the state has witnessed road construction with concrete and this is what even we in the opposition thought was impossible.
“It might be needless to talk about Ohaozara my LGA which is also the governor’s home LGA as the area has been turned into a ‘small London’ before everyones’ eyes.
Nweze concluded that though his assessment might not ‘go down well’ with his party the APC in the state, it was time Nigeria was salvaged with leaders and the led, saying the truth despite party affiliations.
“Nigeria’s problem majorly stems from the fact that political parties and their members will not see anything good in a ruling-government which they do not control.
He said it was time people realise that despite the party in power, it is the people that matter and one day, leaders would be answerable to them when they leave.
“I know that my people are benefiting immensely from such projects and despite being in the opposition, I stand for the progress of Ebonyi and the delivery of democratic dividends to its people whether the governor is from any Party.”