The Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman, South East Governors’ Forum, Gov. David Umahi has demanded for reduction of military road block in the zone.
Umahi made the presentation while being welcomed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T Y Buratai at Defence Headquarters, Abuja on Monday.
He enumerated three number of security challenges of the zone – to include Downsizing the number of road blocks, request for creation of Army Unit and legitimately acquiring of a land at Amasiri.
Governor Umahi said, “To give comfort to our people, we need the road blocks downsized. It will be difficult to say dismantle all the road blocks in South East, but the Governors’ of South East are in support that the road blocks be downsized.”
“I came for three things, you have a land in Amasiri in Afikpo North LGA in Ebonyi State that is designated to be yours but that is by the words of mouth. The indigents took us to court and we came to find out that the land was not properly acquired. If you love that land so much, then we can start the process of acquisition or we can acquire a brand new place.”
“We are requesting to have an army unit in form of forwarding operation base in the South East, this is to strengthen the security of the zone, we promise as government to build the infrastructure, even though we have the infrastructure that they can start with even if they come tomorrow while we take time to build a very good place for them.”
“Finally, the compo ration is being launched in Abakaliki in the Barrack, the MOU has been signed, and it is a very laudable venture of the Army and security agencies. So, I plead that we look into it, maybe we can take a tour of the barrack so that you can commission the road network I built for the Army at Abakaliki and we can use the opportunity to see if we can revive that partnership as Ebonyi State Government is willing”, he submitted.
In a remark, the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Buratai commended the Governor for his visit, noting that he always remember the Army.