Indigenes of Nteje Community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State have protested the naming of the state’s airport after their neighbours, Umueri Community.
The Anambra Cargo and Passenger Airport, which is known more as Umueri Airport was named after the Umueri Community of Anambra East Local Government Area.
But during a meeting of the caretaker committee of Nteje Development Union (NDU) at the weekend, the community protested the decision by the former Governor Willie Obiano-led administration to name the airport after Umueri, when 70 per cent of the land housing the airport was donated by Nteje community.
President General of the community, Mr Chidiebele Obika who presided over the meeting called on the current governor of the state, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo to quickly review the status of the airport and Nteje community for her contributions.
“You know the very land on which the airport is sitting is 70 per cent Nteje land. We donated 500 hectares of land for that project, while Umueri donated 400.
“They (Umueri) later protested that they no longer have land on which to farm, and after that protest, the government gave them back 200 hectares. The government knows this and has acknowledged so by even paying us compensation. So, why is the airport bearing Umueri Airport and not Nteje Airport?
“We also donated the major expressway to the airport, which was not paid for because you don’t pay for roads. We donated over 5 kilometres of roads for the dual carriageway, so why then can we not be recognized? We are tempted to ask what manner of politics the government is playing with people’s property.
“We are calling on the government of Anambra State to do well to recognise Nteje, both in the citing of the airport and its running which we know that our people are also contributing in,” Obika stated.
The community also called on the state government to implement the recommendation of a white paper made by a panel constituted by former governor, Chief Willie Obiano in June 2020 and headed by AVM Ben Chiobi (RTD).
He said the implementation of the white paper, which also called for the revocation of all illegally sold landed property and stoppage of any further sales will stem the tide of crime and unrest in the community.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku Obinwannem News Writer/ Sept 10, 2022