The United Nigeria Ambassadors (UNA) says the South-East Geo-political zone will support the emergence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the country’s next president if he accepts to run for the presidency in 2023.
Mr Timothy Nwachukwu, the National Coordinator of the UNA, a political group committed to the unity and progress of the country, gave the assurance in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Nwachukwu emphasised that the South-East would support Osinbajo to emerge as Nigeria’s president in 2023 to consolidate the already existing projects that the present administration had massively embarked on in the zone.
He noted that Nigerians across the six Geo-political zones have called on Osinbajo to run for the presidency.
While reminiscing over the impact of the shared facilities inaugurated by Osinbajo in Ogbunike in Anambra, Nwachukwu thanked the Vice President for supporting the state.
He also thanked him especially for the support Anambra had received from the Federal Government across different sectors in the state.
He noted that thousands of small businesses had benefitted from schemes implemented by the Buhari-Osinbajo-led Government, including direct disbursements to businesses in Anambra.
He said shoe manufacturers in Ogbunike who produced 200 to 400 shoes a month using manual processes benefited from the project.
He said it had transformed businesses within and around the cluster by hugely increasing their production capacity.
“In Imo, the fashion facility centre along Amakohia road in Owerri, which Osinbajo inaugurated, will service about 350 small businesses daily.
”It comprises 200 world-class fashion equipment, both manual and fully automated industrial machines,” he said.
He said this included straight sewing, weaving, embroidery, monograph and monogram machines that could design up to eight apparel a day with a speed of 1,500 per hour.
Nwachukwu further stated that Anambra-born Dr George Moghalu, Managing Director, National Inland Waterways, would ensure that the concession of Onitsha Inland River Port which was in its final stages, would make the Onitsha Port operational.
He expressed optimism that this would effectively decongest the Apapa Ports in Lagos and ultimately reduce the cost of imported goods for business people across the South East.
On the second Niger bridge project, which had achieved 65 per cent completion, Nwachukwu assured that when completed in October 2022, it would offer significant socio-economic benefits to the South-East states and the entire country.
He said that the project would also ease traffic flow on the already congested bridge, improve road safety, and create more significant opportunities for residents and neighbouring states, thereby regenerating economic life.
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