The Site Manager of Chuba Okadigbo International Airport, Onueke, Ebonyi State, Engr Frank Ngwu has made a strong case for the immediate past Governor of the state, Senator David Umahi to be appointed Minister of works under the present administration.
Ngwu stated that Umahi during the eight years he governed Ebonyi State, demonstrated capacity to undertake projects with high quality, speed and relative low cost.
He explained that having worked with Umahi in constructing the Ebonyi International Airport, the Ebonyi Shopping Mall, and some others, the former governor will do well if given the opportunity to serve as minister of works.
He said that the current situation in Nigeria demands that professionals with passion take over the management of the deserved reconstruction of the Nigerian infrastructure.
“Umahi has constructed over 15 flyover bridges, the wonder Iyere bridge he built in Ebonyi State, you will join the league of those requesting that Umahi be deployed to the Federal Ministry of Works and Transport so that he would replicate and advance on what he bequeathed his State in the interest of all of us.
“He is a vision bearer and pursues such with great zeal. Just imagine how he constructed the best and biggest International Airport in Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Umahi has a big heart, his quest for speedy development of his State and people as demonstrated here and around us is unprecedented”.
Meanwhile, a professional group in the South East geo-political zone under the aegis of South East Professionals has urged President Bola Tinubu to appoint Umahi as Minister for Works and Transport in his administration.
The group in a statement signed by its Convener, Engr. Fredrick Ejimogu said that Senator Umahi will be well positioned as Minister for Works and Transport to bring unprecedented Infrastructural development to the country.
Ejimogu disclosed that the commitment, zeal, and political will of Senator Umahi is what the country needs to achieve massive sustainable infrastructural development adding that the former Governor stands in a vintage position to replicate what he did in Ebonyi in 8 years across the country.
“Governor Umahi has brought his wealth of experience in engineering to bear in the level of infrastructural development witnessed in Ebonyi. He is an embodiment of knowledge and a paragon of excellence in the massive infrastructural development in the state.
“The introduction of 9inches concrete pavement roads with a guarantee of 50 years in Ebonyi State is now being copied by many State governments to ensure durability. In Ebonyi today, all the roads constructed by Gov Umahi on the concrete pavement are expected not to collapse in the next 50 years.
Engr. Ejimogu who described as deplorable and death traps many major federal roads in the country, appealed to President Bola Tinubu to as a matter of urgency give a marching order to contractors handling several federal road projects in the country back to site.
The South East Professionals further urged President Bola Tinubu to consider those with track records of infrastructural development, corruption free and National interest in making his Ministerial appointment adding that such will bring the much-needed development in the country.
Also, a Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Charles Akpu-Enika, said that Umahi has within the while he led as Ebonyi State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Deputy Governor and two-term Governor developed and grown uncommon political friendships and networks across the nation.
Akpu-Enika, an Anambra State-born politician, and a long-time resident of Ebonyi State explained that the peculiarity of Umahi’s kind of politics is his penchant for all-inclusive polity, without sentiment of religion or ethnicity.
He noted that each of the times the Nigerian nation has been challenged with issues that border on ethnic/religious sentiments, Umahi has stood firm on the side of national unity, and oneness even when such postures could kick against his personal interest.
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