It was a day of glory and encomiums for Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, as residents of Odume Layout, Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, took out time to pledge their unalloyed loyalty and support to him. This is coming after he provided them with some dividends of democracy that range from road networks, security of lives and property and chiefly to electricity in the area.
The residents, made up of the leaders and parishioners of Immanuel Anglican Church; the Landlords Association and the political class, assembled at Nanka Street Junction by Winners Foam factory, Odume Layout, Obosi where they held a church service. They gave all thanks and praises to God for using Obiano to develop the area and asked God to bless him with more wisdom to do more for them.
At the end of the church service and prayer session which lasted for about three hours, the Men’s Christian Fellowship group of the Church presented an appreciation address on behalf of the community, to Governor Obiano. In the address read by Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr, Ubaka Onwuanibe, the community described the Governor as man of the people. It read:
“The Men’s Christian Fellowship, MCF, Immanuel Anglican Church Parish Odume, Obosi, felt a deep sense of responsibility to do what we are here for. Your Excellency, this moment is a time for appreciation, prayers and blessings.
We have put together this event chiefly to show gratitude for the recent positive developments in Odume Layout, Obosi, having had our unfair share of bad road network and poor infrastructure regardless of its densely populated nature and location of industries.
Your Excellency, we remain very grateful that the APGA-led government in the state has given us Akunwa Okoye Street through Ilo Okoye joining Mike Ajegbo Road-MINAJ Drive-Army Gate bye pass. The Adirika-Enugwu Ozala Street-Mike Ajegbo Road, is now a stretch of a beautiful road that before now, was a nightmare left at the mercy of landlords and industrialists.
Your Excellency, the 500kva transformer standing over there is part of why we are happy and grateful. Another 300kva is standing elsewhere in Odume. We further show appreciation to you for working on the erosion site that cut the Mike Ajegbo Road and we urge the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, to improve on power supply in the area.”
Earlier in his speech, the President of Odume Central Landlords Association, Chief Chukwudi Nwokediuko had explained that the token of appreciation and thanksgiving was suggested by the Parish Priest in-charge of Immanuel Anglican Church in the area, Rev. Ifeanyichukwu Aniakor. The President said the show of appreciation was a polite way of requesting for more good things, as according to him, Odume Layout is so big that it is even bigger than Fegge and others layouts in Onitsha suburb.
“We are grateful to the governor because this is the first time we are seeing government presence in Odume. This is the first time we are experiencing tarred roads in Odume. Now that the Governor has been returned for second term, we expect more roads and street lights in Odume. In the 17 polling stations in Odume, we delivered the whole of them to Governor Obiano during the November 18, 2017 governorship election in the state.”
However, he admonished the residents to guard the facilities jealously, as any one caught making bonfires on the tarred roads, trying to vandalise or over-load the transformers, throwing refuse dumps into the drainages or harbouring criminals would be dealt with accordingly.
Rev. Aniakor noted in his speech that Governor Obiano is in tune with the people, and shows appreciation for the votes given him by giving them the roads and transformers. He assured the residents that the Governor would do more in terms of building more roads and creating employment opportunities for our youths in the area.