Succour for Imo communities
…As group builds boreholes across villages
By DICKSON OKAFOR
Wednesday April 18 , 2012
A non-governmental organisation, Good Governance Initiative, (GGI) in partnership with Uzotex Foundation, recently provided potable water for three communities in Imo State.
The organisation constructed boreholes for Obinu-Ugwu, Obioha and Ugbele towns in Umuchima, Ideato South Local Government Area of the state.
The project was commissioned by the Commissioner for Public Utilities, Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Nwachukwu, who represented Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The governor commended the GGI for complementing the state government’s efforts to provide basic amenities for the people. He noted that the visit to Umuchima was his second since he assumed office to commission boreholes donated by GGI in conjunction with Uzotex Foundation. He described the president of Good Governance Initiative and founder of Uzotex Foundation, Mr. Festus Uzoma Mbisiogu, as a rare gem.
“Mbisiogu really impressed me by his philanthropic gestures. This is an area I am passionate about. May I, on behalf of the people of Imo State, thank you for this wonderful gesture aimed at touching lives positively.”
Responding, Mr. Mbisiogu recalled how he trekked miles to fetch water before going to school, asserting that he has since resolved to save children the pain of waking up and trekking as early as 5am to the Orashi River to fetch water by sinking boreholes in seven villages in Ideato. He praised Okorocha for the massive and aggressive infrastructural development in all the 27 local government areas. According to him, he chose to complement government’s effort in his little way to improve the living standard of the people.
Mbisiogu said he had spent over N4 million on diesel since December to power the boreholes even as he donated generators to each community.
“My joy will be complete if these boreholes run uninterrupted,” he said. He called on the beneficiaries to set up committees that would supervise the project and ensure the boreholes run efficiently.
In separate addresses, the traditional rulers of the three autonomous communities – Eze U.C. Onuoha of Obiohia, Eze Richard Okoro of Ugbele and Chief Venitus Okwarabizie of Obinugwu – commended the governor for his landmark achievements, describing him as the messiah of Imo. According to them, Orlu and Okigwe in particular, are wearing new looks, which shows that the rescue mission of the governor is at work.
Said Chief Okwarabizie: “Your Excellency, we express our happiness with the way you have pursued your Rescue Mission agenda, especially on road construction and free education at all levels. We appeal to you on roads and electricity.”
The traditional rulers thanked Mbisiogu for sharing his God-given wealth with his people. Eze Onuoha described Mbisiogu as a gift to the people of Ideato. According to him, there are richer people from the area who refuse to share their wealth with the people. “He is a gift to us and we will continue to pray for him and his family,” the traditional ruler noted.
Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Kenneth Emelu, also a son of Umuchima, described Mbisiogu as a lover of his people and the less privileged. He urged him to continue the good work even as he called on the people of Umuchima to keep praying for the philanthropist.
At the event were the Transitional Council Chairman of Ideato South, Maxwell Nwokoje, Coordinator of Uzotex Foundation, Parish Priest of C.I.C. Catholic Church, Umuchima, Rev. Fr. Brenda Chibuzor Dike, and Chief Dan Eteka Anywanu of Okata Community in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State, amongs others.
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