By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—THE South East Zone of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has expressed shock that 12 years into the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, there was nothing on ground to show for their efforts.
The NUJ Vice President, South East, Mr. Chris Isiguzo, disclosed that the verdict followed an independent assessment of the implementation of MDGs in South East it conducted in partnership with other bodies.
The other bodies included Department of Public Administration and Local Government, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Oganiru Ndigbo Foundation and Global Research and Development Limited
Isiguzo said: “MDG has failed in the South East. Poverty is still as high as 80 percent. Healthcare is still comatose. Education is nothing to write home about. There is no way one hospital can effectively serve a local government area”.
The South East NUJ was also of the opinion that “the South East governments have not achieved anything tangible to actualize the MDGs”, adding that this is a challenge to Ndigbo in diaspora and the state governments.
“The large turnout of delegates and stakeholders from various communities in the five South Eastern States during the two-day summit, shows the importance Ndigbo attach to development”, Isiguzo said.
While saying that the N50 billion trust fund was realizable and should be transparently guarded by eminent members of the Board of Trustees, Isiguzo also promised that every community in Igboland would be a beneficiary of the fund.