Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of science and technology, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of an agency on robotics and artificial intelligence(AI) for the south-east.
Onu made this known on Saturday at a grand rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi state.
The rally which received defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was attended by the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Onu told the rally that in 2015, he pleaded with south-east not to put its eggs in one basket but it fell on deaf ears.
He said: “In 2015 I pleaded with the zone not to put our eggs in one basket. Today I want them to compare the 16 years of PDP and relate it with just 3 years of APC.
“The three years of APC is greater than the 16 years of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP); the second Niger bridge is nearing completion, the Enugu – Port-Harcourt and Enugu – Onitsha highways are in various levels of completion.”
“The time has come for the South East to be in the mainstream of Nigerian politics by voting for President Buhari and APC in 2019”.
Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abịa state, said the new River Niger bridge, which the PDP could not construct in 16 years, has now reached 53 percent completion.
He said the south-east will give the president and APC majority of its votes in 2019 in appreciation for all the projects and democracy dividends he has given the zone.