Speaking on a program Blaze FM 91.7 Oraifite, Anambra State on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Mr. Chika Ibeneme, Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Media Affairs, informed the general public that there are ten collection centres, in six local governments of the state where ugu and onugbu are collected for export.
He said these centres are located in Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum, Awka North Ogbaru and Orumba (North or South not specified), we sue the government to expose the process to inspection.
Mr. Chika Ibeneme stopped short of naming the towns where the centres are located even when they were contained in questions from other panelists the moderator, Mr Franklin Ebuka and listeners who called in.
We urge the government of Anambra State to now announce these ‘secret’ locations and collection centres where it was difficult to members of the public to so far observe a visible business worth $5m in one year, as Ibeneme claimed.
We once gain request that the countries in Europe where these vegetables were exported to should be declared open for the hope of raking in any modicum of credibility into a story that every Anambra citizen has refused to believe and ,in fact have unanimously classified as a big lie.
We still demand the proof as contained in our initial statement in the wake of this gubernatorial scandal, which has seen first ladies threaten full-blooded Igbo men of Anambra State origin with ‘hot slaps’ as if that addresses the issue at stake.
We call on the governor to caution his wife against such public threats, which from records; this practice has a history in words and action, no matter what anyone wants to hide about it.
We require a statement from ABX Shipping which Mr. Ibeneme claimed is handling the entire export process of the two vegetables, as fresh vegetables, not in dried form.
Finally, we call on the government of Anambra State to do a conductive tour of the export process for the enlightenment of our people , as the angry calls made by those in whose home the centres are supposed to be located to denounce the claim is embarrassing.
We also advise th government of Anambra State to clean-up to the image of the state which is at its lowest ebb, after the exposure of this scandal in international media and the lame-duck response from the public engagement apparatus of the government, which again chastised the media stables, rather than tell their story.
Otherwise-and better still- the government should apologise on this matter of great temptation to Anambra State and put the saga behind, so that all of us will find a way to repair the incalculable damages.
Rather than Obiano and APGA affair, it is now an Anambra stain that needs urgent clean-up.
For: All Progressives Congress (APC), Anambra State Chapter
State Publicity Secretary