Ebonyi Airport Project: Ezza Traditional Rulers Threaten to Ostracize Opposing Group


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By Ruth Oginyi

 

Traditional Rulers of Ezza Ezekuna clan has threaten to ostracize any Ezza indigene who opposes the ongoing State Government International airport project in their area.

Ezeogo Nweke Igbo JP, from Umuoghara community disclosed this on Saturday when stakeholders of Ezza clan including traditional rulers of the two hosts local Government Area, Ezza North and South, Secretary Ebonyi State Government Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, Permanent Secretary ministry of Information Ken Uhuo and other Stakeholders visited the Airport sight to inspect the project.

Some of the traditional rulers

He said,“Any Ezza son who is not supporting this project will be ostracized by the community because it is a welcomed development in our place and it have come to stay, nothing will stop it, we will live to see it”.

Ezzeogo Gabriel NwiteNgele from Oriuzor community and other traditional rulers present during the inspection urged those affected by the project to be patient, that the Government will attend to their needs, pointing that no development will come without some persons making sacrifice for it.

They commended the State Government for bringing the airport to their land.

Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, Secretary to Ebonyi State Government who led the stakeholders to the airport site, challenged what he described as a faceless group opposing the ongoing international Airport project in Ezza nation to come out openly.

Ugbala maintained that the host communities are not aware of anybody opposing the Airport construction and recommended a DNA test for anyone from Ezza clan opposing the project.

Ugbala thanked the Governor for sighting the project in Ezza and assured the State Government that Ezza people would support both financially, morally and in labour work to see that the airport is completed at the appropriate time.

Ugbala said, “We are here to thank the Governor that against all odds, irrespective of the lean nature of economy, he decided to sight this project here and he is following it up. Our assignment here as Ezza people is to inspect the project that is going on in our land, because it is a privilege that the Governor has decided to choose this particular place for the airport and as a people from Ezza nation, we want to show our commitment to it.”

“Number one is that if a project is going on in your place and you have passion for it, you must come to inspect it and if there is an input, you make it to show that Government and the people are one.”

Some of the traditional rulers

“We are not aware of anybody that is opposing this. If there is, they are not from Ezza nation and we require that their DNA must be tested. However, as an enterprising clan, we know that the enemies maybe trying to blackmail the enterprising nature of the clan and the gift God has deposited in our land but the bible said evil prevail in the land when good men decide to keep quiet. We have come out openly to tell the whole world that we are supporting the airport project in Ezza land hundred percent.”

“We thank our traditional rulers and other leaders of thought for willingly donating this land for the project, we are happy that there is no obstruction to the project here. All miscreants and faceless write- ups on Facebook and other media doesn’t represent the opinion of Ezza people. If there is anybody that think otherwise, we want the person to come out openly.”

“This is Ezza nation and we are here blood and life and our position is, while we are thanking the Governor for the magnanimity, we are supporting the airport project hundred percent. And we are not going back. We are saying as a nation, we are going to support both financially, morally both in terms of labour and other services that maybe required from us to complement the good effort of the Governor.”

Ezza South Council Chairman, Mr. Sunday Ogodo and his Ezza North counterpart, Dr. Nora Aloh in their separate submissions assured the State Government of their unalloyed support towards the project which will attract rapid development to Ezza Nation.

Nora said the Airport project is sacrosanct and the host communities is partnering the Government to achieve the feat

Ogodo said, “We are here to debunk the rumor that we don’t want the airport. As one of the donors of the land, none of the opponents are from Ezza clan. We appreciate what the Governor has done to Ezza nation with the project. We will give him all the needed supports to ensure that the project comes to fruition”.

Dr Nora OluchiAloh said, “We thank God for this laudable project in Ezza land. We are here to see how far the project has gone. We have been partners with the State Government. We like good things and this project is a round peg in a round hole. We accept the project with all our hearts. Nobody can stop this project in Ezza land”.

On behalf of the youths, Comrd. Emmanuel Ifeanyi Nwali and Barr Agbom Friday thanked the State Government for sighting the airport in Ezza nation and said that the youth will ensure the security of the project.


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