By AFAM Echi
The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Barr Kingsley Ononuju has charged his Ogwa kinsmen to deliver their unalloyed support to Governor Hope Uzodimma.
He made the charge Tuesday in his office while playing host to members of Ogwa Unity Forum (OUF) who paid him a courtesy call.
He appealed to the community that if they love him they should give their support completely to the governor.
According to him, “if you love me give your 100% support to Uzodimma. If you do that it means you have supported me. It then means you can knock on my doors for all these.”
Continuing he said that, ”Uzodimma is God sent. I must confess to you that there is no leadership you will have anywhere in the world that God does not have a hand in.
“That he emerged this time in Imo is God’s doing and that this time I expect the OUF and our people to marry him and his vision and be a step down transformer for his vision. All that is embodied in his vision of good governance is the main critical pillars that would bring development to our people and Imolites,” he stated further.
He lamented the state of affairs in Ogwa and regretted the neglect of the previous government to remember Ogwa.
Hear him, “the state of affairs in our community is nothing to write home about. So many governments have come and gone without caring that we exist forgetting that majority of the votes that come from Mbaitoli that makes it a great voting strength comes from Ogwa.”
He acknowledged the efforts of Ogwa people in Diaspora and added that if they partner with government in their little efforts they will be home and dry.
The former NEPAD boss remarked that if governance does not impact people then it does not work. He recalled his efforts in attracting the Iho- Ogwa-Amauzari road under the Ohakim administration which was not completed before the administration wound up.
He promised that all the issues raised by the group will be looked into. According to him, “we will look into these areas, I will do my best, only need all your support.”
Ononuju, requested a Committee to do a status update on the state of the Skills Acquisition Centre set up by the Federal Government but lying prostrate in the community.
Earlier, in his speech the leader of the OUF, Chief (Engr) Emeka Ekeanyanwu, indicated the intention of his people to partner with the government in their development needs. They lamented that there is lack of government presence in the area and called on the government to help the people.
According to him, “our visit aside from felicitating with you as a kinsman is also geared towards using your position to build a bridge with the government. Basically, we want to explore ways to partner with the government or rather the other way in the development of our clan which has been relegated by previous governments. We no longer want to be left out in the scheme of things. Our people have suffered untold hardship which we can no longer cope with.”