- Seeks Govt. Urgent Attention
In their quest to ensure their agitation gets to the appropriate quarters, the Nekede Federated Union (Umuoma, Umudibia & Umualum) last Monday, 2nd November 2020 paid a visit to the member representing Owerri -West in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Kanayo Onyemaechi (Dele) “Egbe eji eje ogu “at the assembly complex.
The powerful delegation which was led by the PG Emeritus of Nekede ancient kingdom and Director of Information, Comr. Chidi Uneze had the representatives of the women and also the SUG President of Federal Polytechnic Nekede who represented the students.
Appealing to the state lawmaker to take their matter to the state government for immediate attention, the spokesman of the union, Nze Sir Obinna Aharanwa ( Traditional Prime Minister Umuoma Autonomous community and vice president representing Umuoma autonomous community in Nekede Federated Union) stated that they did not come to challenge the opinion of the government but came to find a lasting solution to their dilapidated road condition which has turned nightmare for the people. The retired permanent secretary who described Nekede as a community that has a significant impact on the state economy deserves government’s urgent attention as he used the medium to passionately solicit financial support from Hon Onyemaechi for the rehabilitation of their dilapidated bridge (Mmiri nkwo ahia).
Further speaking, Dr Mrs Ijeoma Oparanozie who represented the women maintained that the ugly situation of the road triggered the protest decision by the women but pleaded that dialogue remains the best way out. The Nekede ancient kingdom women association president (Umualum) applauded the lawmaker for his love and commitment towards a better Owerri -West since his emergence as the member representing Owerri -West state constituency while reassuring of their resolve to appreciate him once work commences on that road.
The Student Union Government (SUG) President of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Comr. Ezeh Chukwu Ebuka who spoke on behalf of the students of the institution frowned at the nightmare the road has gradually become. According to him, his students are no longer safe plying the road because of the security challenges witnessed. The student leader who pledged their unalloyed support to the shared prosperity administration of Sen. Hope Uzodinma pleaded that state of emergency be declared on that road immediately to gain the love of the students.
Mrs. Ijeoma Azuike (President General Umuoma Women Association), Sir Philemon Manu (Vice President representing Umualum in Nekede Federated Union and DAGS Onuimo LGA) and renowned journalist, Comr. Princely Onyenwe all thanked the lawmaker for his audience-describing him as a material that Owerri -West should be proud of and urged him to ensure their request is given urgent attention.
Hon. Kanayo Onyemaechi while responding thanked the Nekede Federated Union for the visit which showed respect. He reiterated his love for Nekede considering the massive support they accorded him during his election and promised not to let them down.
“Egbe eji eje ogu ” frowned at the negligence meted on the host communities by Federal Polytechnic Nekede and FUTO which has contributed to some of the challenges experienced.
The outspoken Oforola born lawmaker stated that social corporate responsibility has absolutely been neglected by the institutions but assured them that collectively, the two federal institutions will be called to rise up to the occasion. He urged the people of Nekede to continue exercising patience as work will commence on the road immediately dry season sets in.
On their dilapidated (mmiri nkwo ahia) bridge, Egbe quickly took steps towards addressing it by ensuring adequate attention is channelled there.