In accordance with Ebonyi state government’s resolve to ensure rapid development of the state at all levels, the executive Chairman of Onicha Local Government Council, Engr. Felix Igboke has flagged off electricity extension projects for three autonomous communities under the council.
Engr. Igboke flagged off and immediately commenced the ten million nairas per community project in three out of the eight autonomous communities of the council recently amidst jubilation from the benefiting villages.
The beneficiaries include Okwerike and Anumocha villages in the Abaomege community, Amankalu through Amegu, Eke through Ishieke, Umuorie through Owomu in the Oshiri community while those of Ukawu were Amamkpuma, Okuzzu and Amofia villages.
According to the council boss, the communities are at will to choose any project of their choice according to their communal order of priority, chose electricity extension to all nooks and crannies of the communities to reduce crime rates, reduce high quest for rural-urban migration, ensure self reliance through springing up of electricity enabled ventures which will lead to boost in economy of the state among other benefits.
He charged stakeholders and youths of the communities to beef up security apparatuses around the projects to ensure aims for the laudable projects are achieved, as vandalism of any kind shall be at the detriment of the natives and shall not receive government intervention.
He showered praises to God for uplifting the state governor, Chief David Umahi to the height of being among the presidential mediation team to settle the dispute between Nigeria and South Africa and prayed for more divine grace on him.
The Mayor of Onicha Local Government Council also replaced the vandalized transformer at Umuema with another brand new 300 KVA transformer, ordered immediate reconnection of the area to a power source and disclosed government’s readiness to remodel Ekeh Oshiri Market to have modern lockup shops to advance trade.
Pledging to equip successful graduates from his pet program of skill acquisition and empowerment with numerical strength of over 2000 youths with their required equipment to start up, he advised parents to warn their children and wards against involvement in cult activities and all other vices that will destroy their future but take advantage of the skill acquisition/empowerment program to better their lives.
Citizens Advocate gathered that the council youths were exposed to the following skills, welding, tailoring, hairdressing/barbing, event decoration, painting, tiling, construction of alumaco windows, interior decoration, artworks, plumbing among others to achieve self-reliance and reduce over-dependence on their parents.
He said, “The projects are not uniform in my LGA, where we went today were communities that chose electricity as their most pressing need. Like Isinkwo Ukawu, they want lockup shops, which is still under design. So when the building plan is out, we shall be going for foundation laying there. At Igboeze Onicha, they are doing a construction job, not electricity. Isu autonomous community is doing lockup shops, not electricity. They are not uniform at all; it is basically according to their choices. We choose to go for the flag-off today because the designs and bill of quantities have been concluded.
“How many transformers to be deployed to communities depend on the need. There are areas that just need an extension from the transformers already on the ground. We shall deploy adequately according to their needs. I sincerely thank the governor, Chief David Umahi, we never had it so good in Onicha Local Government Council and the state in general, we appreciate him for his kind gestures to all communities in the state.
Responding, the town union Presidents of Abaomege and Oshiri communities, Mr. Chinasa Umoke, Chief Obasi Elbe ,the council’ s vice chairman, Mrs. Rachael Nworie and Ukawu traditional ruler, His Royal Highness, James Elom thanked the governor and council boss for these kind gestures to their communities and pledged to do all within their powers to guarantee safety of the projects from vandals.
On his part, the LGA’ s Supervisory Councillor for Works, Mr. Uche Ngwuchukwu pledged to ensure adequate monitoring, completion of the projects within a specified time and in accordance with standards.
Beneficiaries of the chairman’s skill acquisition/empowerment program and many cultural dance troops led by Okanga Oshiri added color to the event.