White elephant projects, poor rural infrastructure bane of underdevelopment – ex-minister


Fidelis Nwankwo

White elephant projects, poor rural infrastructure bane of underdevelopment – ex-minister

By Mkpuma Enyinna, Abakaliki

Nigeria’s former Minister of State for Health, Chief Fidelis Nwankwo, has  identified neglect of rural areas in Infrastructural development and white elephant projects as bane of underdevelopment in the country.

Nwankwo said that rural areas in Nigeria had been neglected by leaders over the years in the provision of basic infrastructural facilities such as road, water,  electricity, good sanitation, basic healthcare delivery and other amenities that would alleviate the plight of rural dwellers.

According to him, the government should provide the basic needs of the rural dwellers instead of embarking on white elephant projects, which he said, consumes mega resources of the state.

Nwankwo stated these in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, during his declaration to contest next year’s governorship election in the state on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 general elections.

The former minister, who has also served as National Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said that provision of decentralized water system, rural electrification, and rural roads will be his priority if giving the mandate to pilot the affairs of the state as  governor.

He explained that the current unemployment ratio of 35 percent in Nigeria was scandalous and unacceptable looking at resources of the country.

“This so especially when you compare this to the neighbouring Ghana that has 4.5 percent. It is of course a single digit even in most other developing countries.

“The mantra in most government circles in Nigeria that government doesn’t provide employment is a falacy in my view. I consider it an attempt for government to shirk its fundamental responsibility to her citizens.

“My government will pursue aggression, youth employment in both formal and informal sector with emphasis on filing quotas of Ebonyi State share of positions at the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies,” he said.

The event was attended by traditional rulers, youth organizations, political stalwarts and stakeholders from different parts of the state.




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