My people were neglected for eight years in Enugu, says Ekweremadu

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It was gathered that the Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, said former Governor Sullivan Chime’s administration in Enugu state, neglected the people of Aninri Local Government Area for eight years.


Speaking on Saturday in Aninri during the flag-off of nine rural projects funded by the state government, Ekweremadu said that the Chime’s tenure was the darkest in the lives of Aninri people.

He said that during the period, the state government had no presence in the entire council, adding that projects executed in the area were by the federal and local governments.

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Ekweremadu said: “Eight years ago all development projects in this area were done by the federal and local governments, but we now have a governor that is ready to work for our people.

“Between 2007 and 2015, no indigene of Aninri was employed in the state civil service and from statistics; we have the least number of civil servants in the state.”

The deputy senate president said that the local government area had only 400 workers in the state service, adding that no permanent secretary was from the area.

He said: “This neglect of our people for eight years was that bad but God has raised someone who will raise us.

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“For instance, at the Institute of Management and Technology, we only have four staff members from Aninri while Udi, Awgu and Oji River Local Government Areas have 360, 85 and 60 staff, respectively, in the institution.”

Ekweremadu said that it was the governor of the state, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who drew his attention to the anomalies, and said that the governor had taken steps to redress the ills.

Ekweremadu said: “The governor has appointed our son as permanent secretary and another one as director of works in IMT. The state commissioner of works is also from Aninri and more are coming.”

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According to him, it is gratifying that our people are now feeling the impact of the state government and we will continue to support the governor.

Ekweremadu appealed to the people of the area to unite and move the place forward, adding that greater things were ahead.

7 thoughts on “My people were neglected for eight years in Enugu, says Ekweremadu

  1. Ike...don't go there...Would it be right to say that you allowed Enugu-Onitsha express to deteriorate to the level it is now, as deputy senate president for 8 years...and you did nothing?

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  2. With all the constituent project u have been collecting running to billions of naira... What have u done for ur people. The only thing u know how to do right now is to incite ur people against Buhari.

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  3. It's so shameful that Ike could come out and take rubbish. As a senator for more than 8years, what have you done? Can you itemised some of the constituency projects you have given to your people? You sit down there in Abuja, how many of lives have you Impacted? Abeg Dep. Senate Presido...leave matter

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  4. Mr senator, if I could remember you have been in the corridors of power for long. Why complaining now.

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  5. Sen. Ekweremadu, tell us what you have done for your people that you claim to love so much. How many roads have you constructed? How about schools? How many homes have you provided electricity to? How about scholarship to students? You are a multimillionaire in dollars and you have been in the arena of power for years yet your people have nothing to show for it. Simply bow your head in shame.

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  6. Let me congratulate Oga Senator for his comments on former governor Chime because, both are from the same party
    For a change, the criticism is not to the ruling party led by PMB
    It's about time we citizens start to ask our political elites questions about their usefulness to the electorates.

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  7. Thank you Mr senator. Pls tell them, all those that picking on GMB for not doing anything for almost 2yrs. Also what have you done for ur area since u become deputy Senate president in Nigeria?. You can now see that it's not easy to rule.

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