An associate professor, Mike Nwachukwu KSM, has identified patriotism as the panacea to community development in Umunkwo, Isiala Mbano, Imo State.
In a lecture he presented to the people of the community during the Umunkwo Day Celebration”, Asso. Prof. Nwachukwu said patriotism (love for one’s community) is the greatest motivating factor for taking part in community development.
In the lecture titled: “Patriotism: A Panacea to Community Development,” Nwachukwu opined that legislation, appeals, rules and regulations would not mobilize communal effort if patriotism was lacking.
Dr. Nwachukwu, a lecturer at the Imo State University, Owerri listed two means through which patriotism can usher in development in Umunkwo – They are- human development and infrastructural development.
He strongly believes that patriotism can lead to human development and thus contribute to the development of Umunkwo – by patriots offering scholarships to qualified indigenes of Umunkwo, assisting qualified indigenes to get admission into higher institutions, providing job opportunities, training the youths in trade/business etc.
On infrastructural development, he said it could lead to community development through grading and maintenance of roads, building of schools, and equipping them with seats, building of church, town hall, provision of electricity, security, water supply, hospital, market etc.
To fast track development in Umunkwo, Dr. Nwachukwu who is the secretary of Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, advised sons and daughters of the community to visit home often to see development challenges facing the community.Also, parents are advised to encourage their children to show interest in the affairs of the community.
Other recommendations include; need for leaders to be proactive on issues concerning development, maintaining infrastructure already in place, active participation in community projects including Umunkwo Day Celebration, ‘Iriji Umunkwo etc.
Our reporter said Umunkwo Day Celebration 2019 featured non-denominational service, presentation of the traditional Prime Minister – Prof. Chief G.A. Ike to the people of the community by HRH D.O. Izim (Oparankwo II of Umunkwo), cultural display etc.