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Monday, 26 November 2018

Ekweremadu, South East Governors Meet With President Buhari


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The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Governors of the South East geo-political zone on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

Those in attendance were governors of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States.

After the meeting, the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, told journalists that their visit was to show appreciation for some of the projects being handled by the Federal Government in the region especially the contract of the second Niger Bridge.

He also stated that the visit was to request for more funds to speed up the completion of the projects.

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“We came on behalf of the South East to thank Mr President for the award of the second Niger bridge to Julius Berger in the sum of N206 billion and we understand that seven billion is being paid as mobilization so we came to ask Mr President to see if there is a possibility of paying Berger 50% of the sum and secure the other 50% so that we can sleep with our two eyes closed being assured that the job will not be abandoned”.

When asked if anything was discussed concerning the 2019 election, the governor said the topic was not raised during the meeting.

According to him, “We came to thank the president on behalf of South-east for the award of the second Niger Bridge to Julius Berger at the sum of N206 billion. We understand that N7 billion has been paid as mobilisation. So, we came to ask the president if there is the possibility of paying up to 50 per cent of the sum and secure the other 50 per cent as bond so that we can sleep with our two eyes closed and be assured that the job will not be abandoned.

“We also requested that the construction period be reduced from 42 months to 24 months. We made it clear to Julius Berger that it is achievable.

“We are also asking for economic free trade zone in Eyimba in Abia State and he promised to come and commission it. The license has been issued.We also thanked him for that economic free trade zone.
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“And then we talked about the Enugu International Airport. We asked him to deploy the cargo section of the airport, complete the building and extend the runway and also rebuild the runway because it is very bumpy and the tarmac light is not functioning.

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