. . . As Obi assures Nigerians of better economy
By Uche Enem
Ahead of 2019 General Election, Awka North Elders and Stakeholders had a meeting with the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, on 31st December, 2018.
By statistics, Awka North is one of the local governments in Anambra State that has been deprived of development but notwithstanding; they are blessed with agriculture and food production.
In his address, the Chairman of Awka North Elders, Rev. Fr. Dr. Matthew Attansey, gave a brief account of Awka North before the creation of the local government. He also spoke on selfishness and greed among brothers and sisters in the same community. He told them not to use their wealth to intimidate the community rather they should emulate the attitudes of other politicians who developed their communities, like constructing roads, building churches especially in places like Neni, Ukpo and Ugwuoba.
'Selfishness syndrome has dealt Awka North a deadly blow. In some cases, it seems that the people of Awka North manipulate their way into power, and so believe that the community has no share in their suffering and so should not share in the booty
'There is no completed road in Awka North. That is why Awka North has remained the only Local Government where people have to pass through five Local Government Areas to reach their headquarters. A person going to Achalla from Awba Ofemmili should normally have to cross the Ezu River and in less than ten minutes be in Achalla. However, that is not the case.
The person will commute to Amansea, take another transport to Awka, in (Awka South LGA), then to Dunukofia LGA, through Abba (Njikoka LGA), then through Igbariam in (Oyi LGA), to Achalla' he added.
Fr Attansey told members of the Awka North Elders forum to eschew 'pull him down (phd)'syndrome rather, they should work together to pull their resources for a better community. He thanked members of the forum for their time and support. He thanked Peter Obi for his courage to want to become Nigerian leader and appealed that he assists Awka North Elders in forming a formidable Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Awka North. He also appealed that Awka North should be given federal presence in all ramifications. He reminded the Vice Presidential candidate that Awka North had qualified men and women for Federal appointments.
In response, the vice presidential candidate of PDP, Peter Obi, said that his commitment is to fix the Nigeria economy and to reduce poverty by creating employments for the youths. He said that he was worried about the economy system of Nigeria as well as the future of Nigerian youths and children. He said he was also worried about the state of infrastructure in the South East, especially the Onitsha- Enugu Express Road which he promised to tackle when elected.
Peter Obi, known as a champion of economic affairs, encouraged Nigerians to vote wisely for a better government. He called on Igbos to work as a family and to see reasons to work together.
'Politics should be the impact you make in the society', the vice presidential candidate pointed out. He recounted his story as a former governor of Anambra State and the impact he made on schools, churches, roads and the society at large. He listed so many developmental strides carried out in Awka North during his tenure as a governor and assured of a better Nigeria if elected in the forth coming election.
The meeting which was also an opportunity for the people of Awka North to meet political aspirants before they become incumbents, saw politicians like Engr. Sam Chinedu Onwuaso (PDP Candidate Federal House of Representatives), Hon. Charles Chidubem Okoye (PDP Candidate Anambra State House of Assembly) and some others at the event.
Also speaking, the PDP candidate for Anambra Senatorial Zone, Uche Ekwunife charged Awka North Elders to work in Unity. She pleaded that they should vote the right candidate for the coming elections.
Some traditional rulers and ex commissioners from Awka North LGA were also present at the event. They are: HRM Igwe Dr. Benedict Nweke of Urum, HRM Igwe Dr. Lawrence Egwuonwu of Ugbenu, the President General of Ebenebe, Prince Cletus Osieme, Engr. VIP Okoye, Ogene Isuaniocha and ex Commissioner on Public Utilities; Sir. Nnanmdi Mekoh, ex Commissioner for Agriculture; Hon. Barr. Ken Arinze, Former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry and Hon/Evang K.G Enenmuo, Former Commissioner for Land, Survey and Town Planning.