By Jude Atupulazi
Driven by the desire to effectively represent his constituency, the member-elect for Aguata Federal Constituency, Sir Dom Okafor, has set up a committee to launch a booklet containing vital information about all the communities in his constituency. The event which took place at Cardinal Hotel, Awka, attracted representatives from all the communities, as well as some dignitaries.
The convener, Okafor, said it was his first formal meeting since his election and thanked them for their love and massive support, noting that he would not take such support for granted.
He said the meeting was aimed at ensuring effective representation, for which he deemed it wise to have a booklet containing information about the towns making up his constituency by setting up a committee for that. He hoped the booklet would be useful, not only for him, but for anyone who wanted to work for people of the area.
Okafor charged the committee to do a thorough and sincere job in the collation of information so as not to sell the public the wrong information, even as he made it clear that the committee was not political.
The chairman of the committee is Prof Akaolisa Ezeagu from Umuona; while the secretary is Engr Chukwuma Egboka from Umuchu.
The chairman, in his acceptance speech, assured that the committee would make Abuja work for Aguata, noting that a similar thing almost happened before under Chief Chidi Duru in the past but could not work.
‘We thank you for thinking deep and thinking aright,’ he said to Okafor, whose action he described as indicative of his desire to represent them well.
The chairman reminded his committee that their appointment was a call to duty and urged them to put Aguata first and be ready to give Okafor what he wanted.
Urging any committee member having any issue to make it known, the chairman promised that the committee would do its work well and would not let the convener down.
Hon Ikechukwu Umenwa, who contested the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, primary with Okafor, described the event as laudable and pointed out that it showed the convener’s readiness to work.
‘Aguata is one and if we decide to work, it will work for all of us,’ he said.
Chief Titus Anigbogu, former Aguata LG boss, appreciated Okafor for his initiative, noting that he was not going to Abuja to learn as he was well prepared. He expressed confidence in the ability of the committee to deliver and urged them to also highlight areas of erosion menace in their work to help Okafor tackle the situation. He thanked Okafor for what he described as his bold initiative.