The Federal Government has been called upon to tackle infrastructural decay in Southeastern Nigeria.
The call was made by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) People for Good Leadership and Accountability in Enugu on Thursday, through its legal adviser Celestine Iloh.
Iloh said that the various state governments in the zone had not done enough to attract the type of infrastructure that would support quality life in the region, as the type of infrastructure on ground in the area was a “mockery of the huge Federal Allocations and internally generated revenue (IGR)” accruing to the states in the zone.
“The time for our people to demand for good governance and accountability is now because there is much decay in this zone. We are the ones victimising ourselves in this country. The politicians are not listening to us,” he said.
Iloh said it was unthinkable that there was no potable water in Enugu State and the educational sector was deteriorating.
“If the roads are good and the hospitals [are] in good shape, nobody will complain,” Iloh said.
The body’s board chairman, Chris Okoye, said that the group had set out to monitor the execution of constituency projects in the area, in order to galvanise the people and civil societies in the zone to demand accountability from political leaders.
He said that government must be seen to be working for the people by justifying all monetary receipts they held in trust for the people.
He added that the media was indispensable in enthroning good governance and in the crusade against corruption.
Responding, the Southeast Zonal Manager, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Maureen Atuonwu, said that it was sad that most political leaders were not passionate in working for their people.
Atuonwu said that such situations resulted from the decay of infrastructure across the zone.
She, however, blamed the rot on the masses, whom she said had remained docile in the face of glaring maladministration.
“The problem with bad leadership rests squarely on the masses because we have failed to hold our leaders accountable. We aid and abate their poor performance,” she said.
Atuonwu said that it was time the people started resisting leadership imposition through the ballot.
“What you are doing is commendable. We need to come together to demand for accountability,” Atuonwu said.