The Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, Worldwide, on Tuesday charged the new Ministers-Designate to protect the interest of the South East in any Ministry they are assigned to head.
OYC gave the charge while warning of the enormous challenges and pitfalls ahead of them after they are officially sworn-in by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 21.
In a statement signed by its President-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and forwarded to DAILY POST, OYC warned that the Ministers-Designate should brace up for challenges in states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
The youths urged the new ministers to cooperate with Igbo governors and avoid the unhealthy rivalry between them and the Presidency.
The statement reads: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide wish to remind the newly appointed Ministers from the South East and the Rivers States of the enormous challenges and pitfalls ahead of them immediately after swearing-in by President Muhammadu Buhari on 21st August 2019,they will be viewed as APC political leaders in their various States, which is being controlled by PDP and Apga,as we expect them to Cooperate with Igbo Governors and avoid unhealthy rivalry with their State Governors who are enjoying cordial relationship with the Presidency.
“We expect that irrespective of their ministries they’ll be assigned to, they should collectively protect the interests of Ndigbo, and ensure that those resolutions reached by the last Federal Executive Committee on developmental projects, like dualization of Aba/ikot Express road, Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene road,Abaomege-Ugep road and completion of Second Niger bridge, Onitsha-Enugu, Enugu-Ph roads.
“With the uprising gathering momentum in the Igbo land, they will be venerable to attack if they pursue personal interest ahead of collective bargaining and expectations of Igbos from FEC, they should vigorously project that the Eastern Railway line that should be Constructed to cut across all the commercial cities and major towns in Igbo land link to the South/Southwest Railway line and that of the North.
“We equally call for a speedy response to the rehabilitation of the runway and upgrading of its facilities to accommodate night flight schedules at the Akanu ibiam Int’l Airport, which FAAN will closed down from 24th of August 2019.
“We observed that President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to fulfil his 2015 electoral promise to the South East, on revamping of Enugu Coal mine which has been moribund permanently closed to 46 years now, if revamp will create Jobs and power supply for the old Eastern Region.
“We will mandate the incoming ministers to collectively market President Buhari to the Igbo land by ensuring that they’re accessible to the people and jointly remind the Presidency that Igbos expect more from Buhari than lip service.
OYC also congratulated Hon Uche Oga (Abia), Dr Chris Ngige, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra) Dr Ogbonnaya Onu(Ebonyi), Mr Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu), Chief Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba (Imo) and RT Hon Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers) on their confirmation as Ministers-designate