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Why is Ogwa so neglected by every govt in power in Imo State?

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Ogwa in Mbaitoli Local Government area is marginalized, dejected and entirely neglected by Imo State Governments.  Ogwa is about seven kilometers away from Owerri.  It is an agrarian society and believes in agriculture and its allied products.  It has a big market called Afor-Otusi (Afor-Ogwa) an eight-day market that attracts people from far and near.

Ogwa, which is land-locked but thickly populated and second in population only to Mbieri has about seven autonomous communities.  It has many primary schools and four secondary schools.  Apart from Ogwa Girls’ Secondary School, built by Catholic Mission, others were built by the self effort of Ogwa Community before the civil war.

There is a dispensary in Ogwa built by the peoples’ effort in 1955.  There is also a maternity built by the effort of both men and women in 1957.  Only God knows the condition of these health projects built at that time by communal effort.  By their looks, they no longer represent the purpose they were meant for, hence long neglected and abandoned.

Before the war, Ogwa people built a General Hospital, which was approved by the Regional Government and has been functioning as such.  But since then, there has not been any significant improvement in that hospital.  This was the first general hospital within the then Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Local Government; it is still a sorry site.  And yet Ogwa has not benefited from the new hospital projects scattered in other Local Government Areas by the Owelle Rochas Okorocha administration.

Ogwa was the first in Mbaitoli LGA, to realize a pipe-borne water project in 1961.  This was taken over by the government after the war by way of running and paying the staff.  Today the water scheme is dilapidated and abandoned.  All these go to show that Ogwa people are not lazy.  They believe in themselves and do not expect government to do everything for them.  All these feats were achieved by the people through communal efforts.

The major problem confronting Ogwa people today is a matter of road network.  There is no road in any part of Ogwa in general.  This is not a fairy tale.  Ogwa has many a time been declared a disaster area because of bad roads and gully erosions in various parts of Ogwa.  The only road which linked Ogwa to Orodo from Iho junction was awarded to Iwuanyanwu Construction Company by the former military administration but that contract did not work.  When Governor Achike Udenwa came on board, that road was re-awarded to one Eze, the contractor could not perform until that administration left.  When Governor Ikedi Ohakim came to power, it was also re-awarded to another contractor.  It was in that administration that something tangible was done on that road but still it did not cross into Ogwa.  All that we saw was pouring of red mud on it till today.  The tarring of the road started at Iho junction but terminated a few poles after Iho Comprehensive Secondary School.  The rest of the road from that point to Ogwa and then to Orodo through Idem was left un-tarred with attendant problem of flood and erosions in many parts of the road.  One cannot imagine any part of Imo State now that its roads are as bad as that of Ogwa in Mbaitoli LGA.

The question now is, is Ogwa part of Imo State?  If it is, why is Ogwa suffering from neglect and marginalized by government or is it political victimization?  After all, Ogwa people are politically enlightened and we have been voting for our leaders even the President.  I am sure that Ogwa people voted for Rochas Anayo Okorocha, the Governor of Imo State and that is the reason he should do something about our roads and even in his political appointments.  Will heaven fall, if an Ogwa man or woman becomes a commissioner in this state?

That which is good for the goose is also good for the gander.  I therefore use this medium to call on the able-leader of our time, Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha (OON) to consider Ogwa as one of the important parts of his State that needs urgent attention, more especially on our roads.

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Samuel E. Nwanjoku

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  1. obasi ozioma benedicta

    November 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    oh mr. Samuel nwanjoku. U did a very nice job here how i wish that this letter will reach all our able leader. But one problem we have there in ogwa is lack of peace. Love and hospitality, how could one who does not have an atom of self sincerity be in good term, when no one will have love for another in ogwa. Ogwa has prominent men and women with high education and great qualification. How i wish i can do something but i pray when i grow my motherland will be heaven on earth. Let ogwa people live long and let d future leaders of ogwa live great.

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An open letter to the President of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo

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An open letter to the President of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo -Kenkwo Kingsley Kesaandu

Re: South East Regional Security

By: Kenkwo, Kesaandu Kingsley

 

Mr. President,

I want to start by commending Ohaneze Ndi Igbo socio-cultural group for their interest in the welfare of Ndi Igbo mostly as it concerns security with their call for us to have our own regional security like the North and West to complement the efforts of main security outfits like the Military, Police and NSCDC.

Sir, we appreciate how you called the South East Governors for them to understand the importance of this with regards to the killings mostly by the Fulani herdsmen.

Governor Dave Umahi at some point, told us that the Yorubas copied Operation Amotekun from them, saying it was their idea.

This took our hopes high that our leaders are about living up to their primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties of the people. Though many were pessimistic as they sounded so convincing that these Governors do not have the will to push the regional security.

Unfortunately, yesterday, they unanimously agreed to just the community police of the NPF. Frankly, nobody is against the community police but we shall be safer if we have the regional security to complement them as they know all the nooks and crannies of our homes.

Sir, it is very obvious that “ndi anyi na ha so achuga mmuo si na anyi n’esi mmuo mmuo” and these Governors have no regards for us.

I can only describe this act of theirs as being sycophantic as the wish to impress the Presidency.

People who came to beg us for votes few months back, now have no regards for our takes and feelings.

I wish to state that these five men spoke for themselves and not even members of their families as no sane Igbo man is inline with them.

Sir, we look up to your leadership to bring back sanity of these men as it is crystal clear that personal interest has beclouded their sense of reasoning and judgment.

On this note, I make the following recommendations to you.

1. Organise a South-East protest in support of our own regional security.

2. Give the South-East Governors 72hours ultimatum to reconsider their decisions.

3. Mandate all the South-East Speakers of the five Houses of Assembly to start preparing the bill that will back up the regional security in the region.

4. Meet Mr. President and the NSA on behalf of Ndi Igbo and the importance of having our own regional security that will help FG in its fight to tackle insecurity like kidnapping, armed robbery, Fulani herdsmen killings etc.

There is no doubt that Ndi Igbo are peace loving people who are very law abiding. We value life so much.

We are ready to forgive our Governors as they do not know what they are doing.
We cannot leave our security issues to them as it is every man’s business.

They and their families go about their daily activities with heavily armed security officers and might not understand what the common people pass through on daily basis “onye ahu di nma amaghi ihe onye ibi n’ahu”. People now find it extremely difficult to go to farms and this is our major hope of survival.

Sir, majority of us unlike the Governors and their families who are guarded by security men with our money do not have what it takes to hire the police as “onye nna ya luuru nwaanyi amaghi uru nwaanyi bara”. They should kindly allow us to have this security outfit ‘Operation Ogbuigwe’ as many have suggested so that we can put a stop to this menace and common enemy of the people called insecurity.

Remember, this is a very crucial issue and must be addressed with all level of seriousness as Ndi Igbo also deserve sound sleep with their eyes properly close.

Thanks!
Yours in the development of Ala Igbo,
Kenkwo Kesaandu Kingsley (KKK)
President, Ihitte/Uboma Youth Forum, Ihitte/Uboma L.G.A., Imo State.
13th February, 2020.

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Scrap JAMB E-Exam

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Scrap JAMB E-Exam

I wish to use this medium to express my dissatisfaction over the introduction of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board E-Examination (JAMB).

If I may ask, can our nation, Nigeria ever become a developed country? Over the years, Nigeria had always been known as a developing nation. I have never heard that Nigeria has become a developed nation, and yet we are competing with the Western world.

Few months ago, not less than 1,500,000 candidates sat for JAMB examination for this year. How many of them can boast of satisfaction during and after the examination? They complained of one problem or another. It is either that the power supply failed, or that there was no network at the center, “no internet connection”.

Imagine what it will look like during examinations when such a situation occurs, while the few lucky ones are busy writing the same examination you are supposed to start, finish together at the same time: The shock alone will make that person fail.

It is quite obvious that half of the candidates, who sat for the examination ended-up with low scores and some did not even have a result at all at the end of all their struggles, due to the unpleasant experience they had.. If JAMB must conduct e-examination, let it start afresh with a better arrangement all together, at least by properly equipping all the centers with modern computer sets, because most of the computers they are using are faulty and out-dated.

Furthermore, with our epileptic power supply, who can boast of a hitch-free E-examination? Until the Federal Government and JAMB sit together and look into this unpleasant situation, nothing better can be achieved.

I suggest that the Federal Government and JAMB should embark on a project for ICT Center in every state of the Federation. Each state should have a five thousand (5000) capacity hall, well equipped to tackle the issue of congestion that are experienced in our JAMB examination centres every year.

Thanks, from a concerned citizen

Chidiadi M. Tobechi
Owerri

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Fulani herdsmen menace didn’t start today

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herdmen wahala

DAILY TIMES Friday, August 3,1984

See the audacity with which the Fulani herdsmen spoke 35yrs ago. If we go down memory lane further, we might discover that this fulanization program might be a century old.

What with our innermost villages being invaded by ‘ayon condem’.

Try to ask for directions in a locality you are not conversant with, on a Sunday, you will find that the youths in the street do not speak Igbo.

Oh yes, many of us are so important that guards are imported.

Noble Sir Olumba KSJI
(Owerri)

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