As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, a pressure group known as Nigeria Progressive Sure Movement (NPSM), has called on the people of Ebonyi State to give the incumbent governor of the state, David Umahi, their total support by voting in again during next year’s guber elections, to enable the governor complete his divine mandate in the state.
The national coordinator of the group, Hon. Mrs Elizabeth Akpa made the call during a press conference in Abuja, to herald the plans of the group to support PDP in the 2019 elections.
The group said it has membership across the 36 states and FCT with over 20,000 registered members with PVC as a basis for being a member.
She lamented that after duly accessing the APC led federal government, the group came to terms that Nigerians are not better off after three years of its administration and as such change is imminent.
Akpa praised the administration of governor David Umahi of Ebpnyi State for transforming the state irrespective of the lean resources from federation account; citing projects like the 700-metre twin Trans-Sahara bridge linking Enugu and Ebonyi States with Cameroon; the Senator Offia Nwali flyover; the 14.5km Abakaliki-Afikpo road; foundation laying of the Ebonyi City Mall; foundation laying of the Muhammadu Buhari bridge and unveiling of the Akanu Ibiam statue.
Other project she mentioned as the achievements of the governor include regular payment of workers’ salaries and pensions by 15th of every month, including clearing all arrears of salaries, pensions, leave allowances, promotion arrears and as well as paying workers on the 13th month in every December with increment of workers’ salaries by 5%.
She also said that the state also paid about 40% of all gratuities that was unpaid from the creation of the state.
“The governor injected about N4 billion to attract N4 billion from Bank of Industry making a total of N8 billion towards granting soft loans to civil servants and general public for business enterprise,” she added.
She disclosed that other projects which received the Midas touch of the governor include “the 300km of internal roads within the capital city; commencement of a minimum of 20km per LGA of road construction of which most of the roads are on concrete pavement; building of over 10 bridges across the state; completion of two twin flyover bridges of each length of 700m while the third bridge at International Market is over 80% completion; maintenance of over 200km of our roads scattered in our 13 Local Government Areas of the state”.