This is how President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC Government marginalized the South East geopolitical zone in Nigeria for 7½ years.
Apart from the 2nd Niger Bridge at Asaba/Onitsha, the following projects were used to “Marginalise” the South Eastern Nigeria .
▪︎ Rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
▪︎ Re-construction of Port Harcourt – Maiduguri Rail Line, linking the South Eastern States to a planned new Sea Port in Bonny and to Northern Nigeria (Ongoing).
▪︎ 2.8MW Solar Power Plant at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State under the Energizing Education Programme (EEP).
▪︎ Ariaria International Market (Aba) Independent Power Plant supplying electricity to 4,000 shops in the market under the Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI).
▪︎ Brand new $5.5m Medical Diagnostics Center in Federal Medical Center (FMC) Umuahia under the NSIA Healthcare Investments. (Completed and Operational).
▪︎ Approval for new Air Force Base in Owerri and Naval Base in Oguta, both in Imo State. ▪︎ Revitalization of the moribund Fertilizer Blending Plant in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State which now supplies NPK Fertilizer to farmers in the State and beyond under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI).
▪︎ Financial Close on the ANOH Gas Processing Plant, with a processing capacity of 300 million standard cubic feet of gas and 1,200MW of electricity generation potential, in Imo State which is a Joint Venture between Seplat Petroleum Development Company and the Nigerian Gas Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC Limited).
▪︎ President Buhari approved the investment of $10 million by the Federal Government into the Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Imo State, with a production capacity of 270 million liters of petrol annually. First phase was commissioned by President Buhari in 2020.
▪︎ Imo State was selected as one of 7 pilot States for the Special-Agro Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) Programme, which is a $500m partnership between the FGN, AfDB Group and other stakeholders including the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Bank of Industry, with the goal of establishing modern agro-processing centres across the country.
. ▪︎ President Buhari approved the establishment of the following: A new College of Education in Isu, Ebonyi State; a new Federal Polytechnic in Ohodo, Enugu State; and a new Federal Science & Technical College (FSTC) in Amuzu, Ebonyi State.
. ▪︎ Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri is to be upgraded to a Federal University of Education while the Federal Medical Centre Owerri also in Imo State is to be upgraded to a Teaching Hospital to serve the Federal University of Technology Owerri Medical school.
▪︎ At the last count in 2021, more than 60 Federal road and Bridge projects, across the five South East states are ongoing, completed or at various stages of progress and completion; financed through SUKUK Bond and other deliberately designed funding mechanisms, including Sections 1 to 4 of the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway. Construction of Ihiala – Orlu Road in Isseke Town – Amafuo – Ulli with Spur (Ihiala – Orlu – Umuduru Section) in Anambra State. Rehabilitation of Oba – Nnewi – Okigwe Road Route Section II: Anambra/Imo States Border – Ibinta – Okigwe Road. Construction of Oseakwa Bridge in Anambra State. Rehabilitation of Old Enugu – Port harcourt Road (Agbogugu – Abia Border Spur to Mmaku). Rehabilitation of Nsukka – Obollo – Ikem – Ehamufu – Nkalagu Road in Enugu State. Rehabilitation of Owerri – Umuahia Road Sections I, II & III spanning Imo & Abia States. Rehabilitation of Oba – Nnewi – Okigwe Road Section II: Anambra/Imo States Border – Ibinta – Okigwe Road. Rehabilitation of Bende – Arochukwu – Ohafia Road Section I in Abia State. Rehabilitation of Abakaliki – Afikpo Road Sections I and II in Ebonyi State. Etc