ByÂ Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia State has said that his government was not able to quickenÂ the pace of rural development in the state due to the activities of kidnappers, which he said scared away contractors who were given projects in the rural areas to execute.
Governor Orji said this weekend when he received in audience,Â traditional rulers from Ohangwa Local Government Area at the Government House, Umuahia. The Governor lamented that the threat of kidnappers to foreign contractors awarded some of the rural roads in the state scared them away, forcing them to abandoned the contracts.
According to Orji, the government, as a close gap measure had resorted to the use of indigenous contractors to speed up both urban and rural development in the state. He, meanwhile, solicited the support of traditional rulers and community leaders in the fight against kidnappers, even as he assured them that the menace would soon become history in the state.
Governor Orji assured the visiting traditional rulers that he had kept faith with the Abia Charter of Equity, which makes for even distribution of political appointments amongst the various people of the state.
Specifically, he said that his administration had appointed Ukwa Ngwa people into key positions in the state and lamented that some unnamed detractors have contributed to slowing down the pace of development in the state.
Restating his support for the creation of Aba State,Â Orji said he signed the creation of Aba State to accelerate development in the state and promised to donate a bus to Ohangwa Traditional Rulersâ€™ Council.
In their remarks, the traditional rulers said they came to identify with the government.
According to their spokesmen, Eze O. J. Ananaba and Eze Reuben Ahukanna, they want the Governor to always apply the Abia Charter of Equity in whatever he does, so as to move the state forward. They also requested the Governor to sustain the good relationship between him and his Deputy, Mr. Chris Akomas, who is of Ukwa/Ngwa stock.