The Nsukka Zonal Citizens, Abuja (NZOCA), from Enugu north senatorial district of Enugu State, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint a credible person from the zone as a minister into his government.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja through its vice president, Engr. Dan Akogwu, NZOCA congratulated the president on his victory at the 2011 polls, and pointed out that the zone voted en masse for him “because of their belief that he will bring justice and equity after many years of neglect”.
Akogwu pointed out “The entire Enugu north voted for him because they know that he is a result-oriented leader. We believe he will bail us from the servitude we are passing through for decades. No Enugu north person has been appointed into the ministerial position since 1999.”
He further said that the population of the zone is greater than the two other senatorial districts put together, and added that it was unimaginable that the zone has not been privileged to produce a federal minister for over 10 years while the other senatorial districts (Enugu west and Enugu east) had produced several ministers within the period.
“Jonathan should break the jinx for us,” he said.
He also thanked the Enugu State governor Sullivan Chime for nominating some Enugu north indigenes for ministerial slots.
“We are aware that Dr. Mrs. Sally Adukwu-Bolujoko, the president of the Nigerian Institute of Management, who also served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council, is among those submitted by Gov. Chime. Adukwu, and is an excellent woman. She is the kind Jonathan should use to strengthen the 35 percent affirmative action because of the gender sensitivity of his government. Engr. Vita Abbah, Enugu State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, was also nominated. He is a renowned industrialist who has won himself several honours for honesty. Engr. Ikechukwu Ugwuegede is also a nominee, who has served Enugu state meritoriously.”
He regretted that appointment slots meant for the senatorial district had always been short-changed by some people in the corridors of power from other zones in the state.
The public relations officer of the group, Chief K.O.K. Ezugwu, told newsmen that politicians have been taking advantage of the peaceful nature of Enugu north people.
“We are not hostile. We believe in dialogue. Jonathan brought a new era and we believe the imbalance would be corrected. Such anomaly in ministerial appointment from our zone had been noticed by the people of Enugu West people who also made a case for Enugu north people into ministerial positions and other federal slots.”
Enugu North senatorial district has seven densely populated local government areas, and is endowed with both human and natural resources. There is also an ongoing struggle to make the zone Adada state to correct the imbalance in the South-East region.