MEMBER, representing Anaocha II Constituency in Anambra House of Assembly, Ejike Okechukwu, Wednesday, held an agro empowerment program for youths and women with educational support, Christmas gifts, even as he reinforced the APGA party faithful in the constituency as he marked his daughter, Zimchikachim’s second birthday.
The event, which took place at Migrant Farmers Primary School, Neni, was officially opened with an Episcopal High Mass, presided over by the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye, who alongside other clergymen, commissioned a borehole made available for teachers and school children by Okechukwu.
It attracted dignitaries including Sen. Victor Umeh, Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Uche Okafor, Member representing Nnewi South in the State House of Assembly, Sunday Ozobialu, Igwe Christopher Okpala of Akwaeze, Sir. John Ifejiofor, who was the chairman of the occasion, Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, her Public Utilities and Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs counterparts, Emeka Ezenwanne and Lady Ndidi Mezue, and Chairperson, Post Primary Schools Service Commission, Mrs Ifeoma Okoaro, among others.
In his sermon, Bishop Okoye commended Okechukwu, describing the Holy Mass as an avenue of giving thanks to God for his kindness towards mankind as he embarked on empowering people in the constituency, urging the beneficiaries to put their interest on their various areas of endeavour.
He advised others in National Assembly, Senate and government officials across the federation to represent their people in a similar way .
Items used for the empowerment include two shuttle buses, nine motorcycles, 18refrigerators, nine 2500 Sumec generator sets, 50 pieces of day old chicks, feeds and other poultry accessories for 20 youths that will benefit from the agricultural empowerment as well as feeding devices.
Over 100 secondary school children within the six communities under Anaocha 2 Constituency received free registration for Senior School Certificate Examination while 200 constituents received Christmas packages.
In his address, Okechukwu, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and flag bearer of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), said it was to ignite the idea and zeal to gainfully engage the youths in order to reduce crime and poverty as contained in his campaign promises, adding that encouraging them into agriculture would be a plus not only to themselves as individuals, but to their communities, constituency and the state in general.
Okechukwu stated that motorcycles will ease the conveyance of both goods and materials to the market while deep freezers and electric power generating plants will enable women and youths to preserve already processed meat and enhance their productivity in their various businesses especially hair/barbing salons and drycleaners.
“I have attracted within my constituency the construction of new classroom blocks for at least 11 public schools that will take place between now and 2021. It includes fencing, drilling of borehole, renovation and more. The processes of award of these contracts are ongoing and it will begin to materialise in the first quarter of 2021. My intention is to embark on various constituency projects of the communities I represent in the coming year,” he said.
He also said that proper representation, law making, oversight and constituency relation are the four cardinal points that guides his duties as legislator and that he has been able to touch many aspects required of him within the past one year and six months in office.
He called on Governor Willie Obiano to direct Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency (ARMA) through the Commissioner for Works, to as a matter of urgency, commence palliative repair on Neni, Adazi-Enu, Ichida, Awka-Etiti and Nnewi roads, to call back to site, the contractor handling Eke Nimo Road (Nri) with immediate effect, to direct the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba to commence massive sensitisation of measures taken in preventing the spread of Lassa fever and direct Commissioner for Health, to ensure that emergency measures are established or stepped up to tackle outbreak of the disease.
In his speech, the immediate past representative of Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Victor Umeh, appreciated him for his punctuality since his inception in office, especially during COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged him to do more.
While speaking to the press, the chairman of the occasion, Sir. John Ifejiofor described Okechukwu as a role model among lawmakers and prayed that the beneficiaries will multiply in their various businesses.
Among the poultry beneficiaries were Osita Ezeama, Mrs Beatrice Onuka, Onyeka Okpala, Ezinwanne Oguocha, Ikechukwu Anichebe, Chinyere Mbadugha, Ebuka Onwuatuegwu and many others.
One of the beneficiaries and a native of Neni, Miss Ezinwanne Oguocha expressed gratitude and prayed for more blessings in his family.
The youth leader of the party, Neni ward 1, Amaechi Onwujekwe, who received a shuttle bus wasfound overwhelmed and promised that he will keep doing the good work.
“I have been APGA for over 12 years and I have been hard working. So the vehicle will propagate the message as well. I encourage other beneficiaries especially those sponsored for their SSCE to read hard and pass their exams while others should do well to promote the good work in our local government” he said.
Schools that benefited free registration of SSCE for their students in SS3 classes were Flora Azikiwe Comprehensive Secondary School, Neni, Community Secondary School, Obeledu, Community High School, Akwaeze, Community High School, Aguluzigbo, Lake City Regal Secondary School, Nri and Community Secondary School, Ichida.