Rounds of applause has continued to greet the approvals by President Mohammadu Buhari, of award of contracts for the construction of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri (Eastern) rail line, a deep seaport in Bonny and an industrial park in Port Harcourt, as analysts posit that the city may have been tipped as an emerging commercial hub for the African continent.
Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, announced the approval some weeks ago while addressing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council Meeting held virtually at Council Chambers, Abuja.
“The Federal Executive Council today, approved the award of contract for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri Eastern Narrow Gauge Railway, with new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities”,
“It also approved the construction of a deep seaport in Bonny under PPP and construction of a railway industrial park in Port Harcourt”, the Minister said.
Reacting to the development, erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said the approval is part of ongoing measures to invest and renew investments in rail and ports development to allow for an unfettered delivery of economic benefits to Nigeria.
In a statement made available to media houses, the party bigwig said the benefits of investing in ports and rail transport infrastructure are not limited to the security they offer but that improved freight services translates into a massive growth in trade and commerce, followed by improved labor supply and technical diffusion.
He maintained that investments in physical infrastructure and projects with tangible quantifiable benefits such as rail and ports create a better business environment and improve transport efficiency, which facilitates export and import growth in addition to wider impacts on the general economy.
Additionally, Eze said efficient rail and port system with enhanced logistic abilities is a veritable income booster and key determinant of foreign direct investment into a country especially, when objective criteria such as economic and social impacts are relied upon for approval of key critical national and viable projects such that has been approved by the Nigerian government in this context.
The party stalwart highlighted that competition among countries remain an everlasting phenomenon and in the contest for attaining advantage and controlling access to resources and new markets, smart governments around the world invest massively into different development projects.
Such projects, Eze said include the development of ports and rail infrastructure and the expansion of existing ones. He said the role of ports is not limited to cargo handling but also includes the provision of better logistics services to meet the growing demands of global supply chains.
Outlining the foredeals of the projects for the South-South/East regions, the party chieftain expressed that the projects, when completed, will open up new economic channels, revolutionize trade and commerce, take thousands off the labour market, improve livelihoods and inject fresh blood into the general economy.
He said a deep seaport in Bonny, Onne, Calabar, Onitsha and a few other places within the Eastern region will serve as very important channel for a regional economic development, because according to him, such projects have long-standing record of promoting commerce and boosting industrialization.
Expressing optimism that the projects will be the game changer for the regions, Eze said it is not surprising to realize that most of the world’s major cities are port cities, and in many instances port activity plays major roles in the general economic framework of their host regions.
Admonishing local and foreign investors to leverage on the benefits of the projects and think the way of the eastern region, especially Port Harcourt, for investments, Eze said the goal is to provide a level of vertical and horizontal integration, which is targeted at improving the performance of the economy.
Similarly, the party stalwart said the inauguration of the 326 KM Warri-Itakpe Standard Guage Rail Line project by President Mohammadu Buhari, Thursday, 29 September, 2020, is a ‘no mean feat’ which systematically points to the substantial feasibility of the sound economic recovery and growth plan of the APC led Federal Government.
Beside serving as a major transportation artery for the eastern region, Eze said the rail line which connects Kogi, Edo and Delta States is expected to convey passengers and cargos in millions and tons of millions annually while reserving the potential of metamorphosing into a veritable part of Nigeria’s economic hub.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the project which was done virtually, President Mohammadu Buhari directed that all ports be linked to the rail network in order to improve the overall transportation and open up further economic channels.
The President further declared that his administration recognizes the importance of the rail mode of transportation as a vital backbone to support industrialization and economic development.
“Accordingly, I have approved the prioritization of viable railway routes for either new rail lines or the construction and rehabilitation of some, to achieve effective and efficient train services supporting the country’s trade and commerce”, the President added.
Reacting to the directive on linking rails to ports, Eze said such initiative is thoughtful and will not only birth a massive revolutionary trend in commerce, trade, investment and the general economy, but also open up further opportunities for skills development and job creation for the Nigerian people.
Chief Eze commended the Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi CON., for his commitment in the timely delivery of the project which was stocked in limbo for three solid decades by successive administrations and appealed that he redoubles efforts in ensuring the speedy commencement and completion of the approved Eastern rail line and other accompanying projects.
Describing the Minister as a competent workman, worthy patriot and seasoned public servant, the party chief said the approved Bonny deep seaport and the eastern rail line remain very viable and crucial projects that posses the potential of launching the country into a new dimension of economic growth and development.
He expressed warm gratitude to the Federal Government of Nigeria for giving an accelerated and sympathetic hearing to the public yearn for the projects considering the huge potentials they have in stock for the economy notwithstanding the garrulous dissenting opinions from anti-people and opposition forces who were hellbent at frustrating the approval in a bid to score cheap points on which to castigate and cajole the Transportation Minister in their seeming unending but failed campaign of calumny.
Eze commended the President for providing the necessary supports and enabling environment for the implementation of strategically sustainable policies and programs that have significant effect and direct bearing on the people especially, for economic revival and job creation.
The party chief congratulated Nigerians for the enormous achievements recorded in rail and ports infrastructure under the APC administration, describing it as a massive win for the country and appealed for more support as the Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Amaechi, continues to break new grounds.
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By: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
As the cracks in the walls of the Rivers State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gets hollow, following plans by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to cede power in some local government areas to the Senator Magnus Abe led dissident camp of defiant progressives in the planned hot-dog and illegal council polls which appears to be swaddled in an undemocratic scheme of hollow party suzerainty in a bid to hunt perceived internal opponents in the umbrella party and at the same time decorate Senator Abe with a pseudo-relevance in the leadership of the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka has commended repentant allies of the former Rivers South/East Senator and opposition party members from Andoni local government area, for returning to the mainstream fold of the All Progressives Congress.
In a statement made available to media houses, Chief Eze expressed gratitude to the good people of Andoni for collectively resolving to part ways with the Peoples Democratic Party and the Senator Magnus Abe led group of unconscious and conscienceless mortals, who have suddenly turned politics into a mere merchandise in the pursuit of their selfish private vendetta, haven been hoodwinked into the dangerous circle of Gov. Wike’s anti-people political mercenary for some meagre incentives to supplement their sources of livelihoods.
According to the party chief, Andoni is a very important Local Government in the political equation of Rivers State being the home Local Government of the incumbent National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus;.Chief Tele Ikuru, former Deputy Governor of Rivers State and former Rivers State APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
Prior to now, Andoni local government area served as a stronghold of the umbrella party in Rivers State, but given the massive defection of key leaders of the party and stakeholders and members of the Abe led group, Chief Eze said the formal cessation of the Peoples Democratic Party led Government in Rivers State by 2023 is a prophecy foretold and actualised.
Leading the project of ending the People’s Democratic Party and the presence of the very confused and misguided Group of Senator Abe’s followers in Andoni was a grassroot mobilizer and one of the most popular politicians from Andoni, a onetime Senatorial Aspirant and former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Christian Mba. Mba who led Hon. Emmanuel Eneyor and thousands of PDP faithful and Abe’s allies to what is now described as the death knell for PDP and the end to the satanic plots of Abe to decimate APC in Rivers State.
He said Andoni is part of the Local Government Areas Governor Nyesom Wike has ceded to Abe and his group to compensate them for their satanic acts and further empower them for the renewed task of ensuring that the APC goes into extinction in Rivers State while embarrassing perceived opponents within the PDP, including Prince Uche Secondus – the National Chairman of PDP and Engr. Tele Ikuru, former Rivers Deputy Governor and relegate them to the background as having lost out in the politics of Andoni and the State at large.
The party Chief said the plot to cede Andoni to Abe and his group informed the mass movement of both PDP members and Abe’s group into the progressive party. He wooed both Prince Uche Secondus and Engr. Tele Ikuru to follow suit as the Local Government has recorded no reasonable achievements since the assumption of office by Gov. Wike and his hoodwinked umbrella party.
With the development, Eze said Prince Uche Secondus and Tele Ikuru, who for sometime now have shunned events organised by Wike and his government are seen recently attending government functions in a bid to causing Gov. Wike to have a change of heart as regards the inclusion of Andoni amonh the Local Government Areas to be ceded to Abe, whose misfortune in the politics of Rivers State is taking a dangerous dimension.
Eze a very close associate to both Wike, Secondus, Ikuru and Abe assures Engr. Ikuru and the remnants of the PDP in Andoni of heroical welcome home to the All Progressives Congress, the party that will form the next Government in Rivers State whenever they decide to come back home highlighting that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi whose love for both Secondus, Ikuru and Abe is obvious, is ever ready to welcome them back to the party that will improve the fortunes of the good people of Andoni LGA.
Eze who wept for Senator Abe whose political future has been wrapped with uncertainties based on his miscalculations especially, the biting of the fingers that once fed him quoted Mr. Kennedy Friday, Abe’s Publicist as saying, “with Hon. Mba who is one of our most outspoken Leaders leaving us we are finished as a Group”
Reacting to their acceptance and readmission into the mainstream of APC, Hon. Chris Mba a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly accused Senator Magnus Abe and his Co – travellers of collaborating with Governor Wike and PDP to sabotage APC and ridicule, Rt. Hon. Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and as a good Christian, I can no longer play a spoiler game that is detrimental to the progress and emancipation of Rivers State.
It is fact that both Abe, Aguma and most leaders of the group were in touch with Governor Wike and the PDP in the sinister plot to dismantle and decimate APC in Rivers State. Most of us seeing the treacherous nature of Abe’s group worked tirelessly behind the scene to convince the Senator and his friends to reconcile their perceived differences and abandon acts of treachery in the overall interest of the APC but no avail.
Mba stated further that as part of the plan to destabilise the APC, Abe’s team was planning to collaborate with the PDP during the Local Government elections by fielding candidates in defiance of the position of the APC. The truth stands, ” that only the party led by Isaac Ogbobula had the right to present the official position of the APC, emphasising as a lawyer that Abe and his Co – travellers were to pick other party platforms to field candidates in the local elections.
Mba hammered Abe further maintaining that he discovered that Senator Abe was busy pursuing personal gain while misleading some unsuspecting members of the party who are under his spell disclosing that Senator Abe had no interest in a peaceful resolution of the crisis that is being stoked in the APC, saying Abe and his henchmen were on a mission of destabilisation.
This is homecoming for me. When I spoke with our leader, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, I told him that I am a political prodigal son and that I am coming back to my political family. I told him that he should have a place in his heart to forgive me and he said he has nothing against me as we have come a long way.
Mba stated, “gathered here today are not paperweight politicians, but heavyweights and grassroots politicians. I took a deep thought about the progress of our party. I feel pained that some people are trying to drag the party backward. They are planning to do all they can to weaken the party and thereafter empty themselves into the opposition party.
Reacting to this new dawn in the politics of Rivers State, the Leader of APC in Adoni, the Iroko and the former Commissioner Of Works in Rivers State, President General of Free Rivers Initiative, former member of House Of Reps that represented Andoni at the National Assembly, one of those candidates that contested against Chief Nyesom Wike for the gubernatorial ticket of PDP in 2015, Hon. Engr. Ngerebara Sampson welcomes the PDP people in Andoni and those Loyal to Magnus Abe into the APC.
“This man of vision highlighted, “Let me state this obvious fact for those who may not have known. Hon Mba is a long time friend of our leader, HE, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
You recall that Hon. Chris Mba represented the good people of Andoni local Govt in the State House of Assembly from 1999 -2003. During which period our leader held sway as the Hon. Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Both of them, indeed had good relationship. The result of that relationship gave Egbormung community in Andoni, the Sand filling project. Hon. Mba himself got an appointment as a Member of Due Process in Rivers State.
Both Christian Mba and his community Egbormung benefited from the good gestures of our leader ,when he was Governor of Rivers state.
Both , Hon. Mba and Hon. Emmanuel Eneyo ,former, Executive Chairman of Andoni Local Govt CouncilI , former Ex-Official Member of APC Rivers State are politicians with proven perspicacity . I am therefore not surprised with their decision to reunite with there colleagues in the mainstream.
This reunion will sure brighten the fortune of APC in Andoni LGA.
The arithmetic of winning elections in Andoni LGA is very simple to the informed minds. With the coming into the mainstream by Hon Mba, Hon. Emmanuel and others, wards 6,7 and 8 of Andoni LGA are closed to any political intruder.”
Let me close this message by calling on others who have gone astray to emulate Hon. Christian Mba and retrace their steps and join us in building our party to success.
Governor Wike who is at a loss on the happenings at Andoni has since kept Senator Magnus Abe and Hon. Aguma incommunicado until they explain the hurricane and earthquake that took place in Andoni and the relevance of their plot to terminate the APC in Rivers State.
Present at the reception ceremony were the leader of the APC in Adoni LGA and former Commissioner of Works, Engr. Sampson Ngerebara; former Chairman Andoni Local Government Area, Hon. Orom Nte Ereforokuma; Elder Sampson Egop, Dr. Nsan Iragunima, Chief Emmanuel Ibodeng, PDP Leaders amongst others.
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