Buhari Pats Akpabio’s Back For Joining APC, As FG Awards N5b For A’Ibom Road
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has moved to prop up Senator Godswill Akpabio’s influence and political might in Akwa Ibom State after he abandoned the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC].
To that end, the Federal Executive Council [FEC], on Wednesday, approved the sum of N5 billion for the construction of a 14-kilometer road in the state.
The approval is expected to boost Akpabio’s ego and chances of pulling the carpet off the feet of his successor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel in the PDP stronghold, a source close to the Presidency informed this medium.
It could be recalled that Senator Akpabio joined APC in a remarkable fanfare that attracted a sea of heads from Akwa Ibom and surrounding states.
Shortly after the event, the senator had boasted that his new party will overrun the state in a similar fashion the Nazi forces overran Poland, and his political moves has, evidently, sent panic in the camp of the incumbent governor.
Governor Emmanuel is reportedly running from pillar to post to save his seat during the forthcoming general election in February 2019.
According to a report published by ElombahNews earlier in the day, five beleaguered PDP governors whose re-election prospects look bleak in 2019 launched a last-ditch push for their political survival by scrounging around for President Buhari’s help.
The five governors are led by no other than the Akwa Ibom State governor.
According to Presidency sources, the five governors are lobbying APC leaders to help cut a deal with President Buhari by which the President “would help them to be re-elected in return for their support for Buhari to win the presidential election in those PDP states.”
In other developments during the FEC meeting, the Minister of State for Power, Mustapha Baba Shehuri said during the meeting that FEC also approved N1.097 billion expansion for the N28 billion Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja road (section 1).
Another N73 million increase was earmarked for the construction of the N1.2 billion bridge in Samaila Local government in Kano State.
The council also approved the sum of N6.07 trillion for a comprehensive healthcare plan in the country.
Reacting to the healthcare approval, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said:
“The entire projects meant for over five years will cost us over N6.071 trillion and we believe that if this funding is done, if the plans are implemented faithfully, we will achieve a 31 per cent reduction in maternal mortality.
“We will achieve 33 per cent reduction in horizontal mortality and we will achieve under five per cent mortality reduction of 29 per cent.
“We are quite confident that this plan will usher Nigeria into a new era and Council in its wisdom, approved this plan for implementation,” the minister added.
Professor Adewole revealed that 38.2 per cent of the sum was earmarked for human resources for a period of five years, between 2018 and 2022.