By Chidi Nkwopara
Umuahiaâ€”Abia State chapter of Conference of Political Parties (CNPP), has condemned the non-inclusion of Abia and Imo states in the Federal Government amnesty programme for repentant militants,â€ saying that it was a deliberate ploy to marginalized the people of the two states.
The group consequently called on the Federal Government to take urgent actions on the matter,Â which it noted was the right of the people of the two states.
CNPP also frowned at the state of federal roads in the South East, which it described as death traps.
The group expressed disappointment over the number of deaths being recorded on these roads through accident occasioned by the bad state of the roads.
It also frowned at what it called delay in making Abia State benefit from the 64 recovered oil wells, queryingÂ the non-inclusion of Abia and Imo states in the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty package for militants in the oil producing areas.
In a communique issued after its meeting in Umuahia, Abia CNPP said, â€œwe frown at the delay by the relevant authorities in allowing the state to access the funds, as this is seen by us as a way of impoverishing the citizens of the state.
â€œCNPP Abia State is totally disappointed by the death traps known as roads in Abia State and condemn in its totality, the reckless neglect and abandonment ofÂ federal roads in the South East. In particular, some of the roads seriously affected in Abia State include Aba-Ikot Ekpene Road, Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Road, Enugu-Umuahia-Port HarcourtÂ and Umuahia-Bende Roads.
â€œCNPP is shocked to observe that more than 18 months after recovery of these 64 oil wells were made, revenue accruing from the oil wells are still not paid to Abia State,â€ the group added.