- The nearly-completed Ebonyi State Governors Lodge in Abuja has angered indigenes of the southeast state
- An attempt by Governor Dave Umahi's media aide to show off the building was condemned by the indigenes
- Many say the project is a waste of resources for a state battling with endemic poverty in recent times
Facebook - An attempt by Francis Nwaze, special assistant to Ebonyi state governor on documentation, to show off the works of his boss, Engr Dave Umahi, has backfired.
“Here is Ebonyi Lodge in Abuja, the furnishing and finishing touches are ongoing now. This Lodge built by Governor David Umahi, FNSE, FNATE is said to be the best - largest and most beautiful lodge among other lodges in country. Ebonyi to the world.”
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The post seemingly angered many of the commenters on Nwaeze's page who are indigenes of Ebonyi.
Steve Emmanuel wrote:
“Ebonyi doesn't need this. The governor doesn't live in Abuja. The teeming and unemployed youths in the state need this money invested in their education and empowerment.”
Christopher Oti is worried about the timing, he says:
“When other governors are selling theirs. Because it doesn't contribute to the economic growth of their state.”
Emmanuel Obieze wrote:
“This is not necessary. It is a waste of public funds.”
Omeh Fabian Ekene wrote:
“You should be ashamed of urself for this post. What economic benefits does it add to Ebonyi state? How much income is Ebonyi as a state making from it or it is just wasting tax payers money on buildings that has no economic benefits to the people of Ebonyi state. Do u know how much is been spent on this building every month to keep it going? You are just celebrating wastage.”
Evans Onah wrote:
“What value is the so called lodge to the development of Ebonyi people? Utilize that fund for human development for Ebonyians. My kind suggestion.”
2023: Ebonyi group cautions Umahi against zoning plot
Menahwile, an Ebonyi diaspora group, Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-cultural in Diaspora (AEISCID) has advised elder statesmen in the state to be used as willing political tools by the Umahi.
Governor Umahi had recently insisted on the rotation of the governorship position in Ebonyi to the northern part of the state while addressing the elderly citizens.
Responding to the development through a statement, AEISCID's president, Paschal Oluchukwu reiterated that Ebonyians should vote for eminently qualified, competent and capable individuals who have the proven capacity to turn around the fortunes of the state.
2023: Group warns PDP against contempt of court, desperate politicians
Recall that the AEISCID recently warned the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against contempt of court and manipulation by some 'desperate politicians.'
The group urged the leadership of the PDP to be firm, fair, just, and consistent in maintaining its stand on the law.
According to the group, any attempt by the PDP leadership in Abuja to foist an unpopular guber candidate on the party in Ebonyi will backfire.