President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Abakaliki, Ebonyi state on Tuesday at the beginning of his two-day official visit to the South East. He inaugurated the N2 billion flyover bridge built by the Ebonyi government.
The bridge is on the African Trans-Saharan Highway from Enugu-Cross River-Cameroon.
As part of his official programme in Ebonyi Buhari later unveiled the statue of Dr. Akanu Ibiam and was also conferred with the traditional title of Enyioma 1 of Ebonyi (Good friend) by the state Traditional Rulers Council.The Presidential Jet 5N-FGT, Tuesday, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for a two-day working visit to Ebonyi and Anambra States.
The President exchanged pleasantries with some governors of the zone and dignitaries who came to welcome him, then inspected a Presidential Guard-of-Honour mounted by joint army and air force personnel.
The governors included those of Enugu, Ebonyi, Kogi and Imo states.
Buhari was thereafter taken in a Presidential helicopter to Ebonyi State, where he inaugurated some projects.
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State had shortly before Buhari boarded the helicopter, thanked the President for making a brief stop-over to greet Nigerians living in Enugu State.
Ugwuanyi lauded the various associations and political formations present at the airport for making Mr President’s reception a grand one.
“I am overwhelmed with joy over the show of love and solidarity of Enugu residents to our admirable and loving President as he visits the South-East; which Enugu State is the capital of the zone,’’ he said.
The South-East governors at the occasion include: Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State; Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State;
While Gov. Yahya Bello of Kogi State (North Central and neighbouring state to Enugu State was also present.
The ministers include Minister of Foreign Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama; Minister of Labour and Productivity Chris Ngige; Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Elenema; and Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka.
The Security chiefs that graced the brief occasion include: Maj.-Gen. Adamu Abubakar, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu; Air Vice Marshal Sampson Akpasa, Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Air Force Ground Training Command (GTC), Enugu.
The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Mohammed Danmallam and the Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Steve Amoga.
Others are the National President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani; former Governor of Old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwabodo, Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi and Mr Lawrence Agubuzo, Chairman of Traditional Rulers’ Council of Enugu State among others.