We Are In A ‘Social Contract’ To Protect Our People – Ebonyi Govt- By Reginald Okoro

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The Ebonyi government has reiterated its irrevocable commitment to the protection of lives and property of every resident of the state.

Mr Uchenna Orji, Ebonyi Commissioner for Information and State Orientation gave the assurances in an interview with our correspondent on Monday in Abakaliki.

The assurances came on the hill of festering security challenges in the South-East saying that that the state was calm while everybody was going about their legitimate businesses.

The commissioner said that the government was in a social contract with the people to guarantee their safety and security at all times.

He added that a peaceful environment remained a fulcrum upon which social and economic activities revolved stressing that there would be no development without peace.

“People of Ebonyi and other residents in the state are law abiding, obedient to constituted authorities and we do believe that when we have a peaceful environment it guarantees development, it guarantees economic progress of the people.

“We are mindful that South-East needs a lot of attention and interventions by the Federal Government to enable it harness its potentials that will trigger economic growth and development.

“So, all these concerns are being synthesised to ensure that the zone is not in any way left out in the developmental programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration,” Orji said.

Orji noted that delegates from Ebonyi government to the zonal public hearing on the amendment of the 1999 constitution would articulate concerns of the state and make their presentation during the sitting.

“The delegates will look into the expressions of worries by our people on the issues of the provisions of the constitution especially on devolution of powers and issues that will trigger even development among the comity of states.

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“We want to assure our people that all is going to be well. Gov. Dave Umahi is very proactive, he is up and doing in engaging all necessary stakeholders including those aggrieved and those that feel that violent agitation is the solution.

“The governor is engaging all of them to see how we can come together to chart the course of the destiny of our state to the glory of God,” he added.

Orji reacting to the three-day sit-at-home directive purportedly issued by the Indigenious People of Biafra (IPOB) and its security implications said the government would not respond to such speculations and permutations from the social media.

The proscribed Biafra separatist group had issued a directive for a three-day sit-at-home in the South-East geopolitical zone beginning from May 28 to May 30 to mark the Biafra day.

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