By Chikezie Odinkemere
NOT long ago, our association,Abia Youth Assembly, wrote President Umaru Yarâ€™AduaÂ expressing our support for the re-nomination ofÂ our illustriousÂ and dynamic sonÂ Barrister Aloysius Nwagboso as the Abia State Representative in the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
We also used the medium to appeal toÂ the President to ignore the ranting ofÂ some politiciansÂ purported to be speaking forÂ the oil producing communitiesÂ in Ukwa-West of the State overÂ the overwhelming support and endorsement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in theÂ local government, state and national levels for Mr. Nwagboso who was the Federal Commissioner representing Abia State in the second Governing BoardÂ of NDDC.
In fact, we are not surprised at the supportÂ Â which Mr. Nwagboso has received so far in his quest to complete the good job heÂ started in NDDC. This support and solidarity which cuts across party lines and ethnic divides is indeed a salutary effort to selfless service. Evidently, Mr. Nwagboso belongs to the distinguished group of Nigerians for whom honour, honesty, hardwork and integrity are not mere words but part of humanity and the responsibility of citizenship.
Mr. Nwagbosoâ€™s impeccable record and modest achievement within the short period he served as the Stateâ€™s Representative in the NDDC Governing BoardÂ earned him the admiration of Abia people and critics alike.
Having proposed several solutions in terms of developmental projects and programmes particularly in conflict resolution and crises management, many Abians feel Mr. Nwagboso deserves another term to be able to translate this vision into reality.
Mr. Nwagbosoâ€™s short period in NDDC witnessed tremendous progress beyond the imagina-tion of everybody. He brought several infrastructural projects and human developmental programmes in hisÂ Â effort toÂ bring development to the people and usher in peace in the oil-producing communities of the State. Specifically, he has to his credit about 72 projects nearing, 90 per cent completion before the dissolution of the second board of NDDC.
He facilitated the completion of 48 projects in various sectorsÂ Â such as education, water, electrification,Â Â road, agriculture, erosion control, and aquaculture. InÂ Â addition he facilitated the introduction of computer literacy programme, the NDDC-Assisted Mass Transit Scheme, solid waste disposal scheme as well as ensuring that the Free Medical Scheme of the Commission was brought to all nooks and crannies of the State covering Ozza, Ipu, and Asa Group, being the three geo-political areas of Ukwa-West Local Government Area and the three senatorial zones of the State.
Also worthy of mention are his efforts on the harmonization of budgeted projects of the Abia State Government to avoid duplicity of government projects towards rapid development of the State.
The aquaculture project he facilitated for the State in collaboration with the Israeli government which attracted the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Moshe Ram and their business community,Â Â is the best of such project in the entire Niger Delta area.
The project is not only in line with the Niger Delta Masterplan but also targeted at empowering the Abia people because of its multiplier effects on the economy.
Today several Abia people are gainfully employedÂ Â as a result of this multi-million dollar project. In addition, Mr. NwagbosoÂ Â ensured that many Abians and other Nigerians alike get deserving appointments and positions in both the Federal and state government public service as well as in the private sector.
For reason of modesty we will not name these Nigerians who have benefited fromÂ Nwagbosoâ€™s milk of human kindness.
Barrister Nwagbosoâ€™sÂ tenure ushered in an era of renewed hope which witnessed the return of relative peace in the oil-producing communities of the State.
He has renewed the confidence of the oil-producing communities using his experience as the pioneer security consultant of NDDC by assuring them that in dialogue and in the absence of violence, their legitimate demand for a fairer share of resource extracted from their area would be realised.
Through Nwagbosoâ€™s charis-matic and people-oriented leadership, today Abia State remains the oil- producing state where there are no kidnapping of oil workers and vandalisation of oil facilities. He also uplifted the Asa Improvement Union and traditional institutions in Abia State, especially, the Traditional Rulers of Mineral ProducingÂ Â Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON)
As the Stateâ€™s Representative on the NDDC Governing Board, Nwagboso worked assiduously on matters and issues concerning the Abia people. As a reliable team player, he was part of the struggle that achieved the recovery of the oil wells belonging to Abia State that were wrongly ceded to Rivers State.
HeÂ Â has the vision and determination to uplift the standard of the Abia people through massive infrastructural development, employment generation and poverty reduction, especially through the employment of youths in agricultural training in all the 17 local areas of the State.
Nwagbosoâ€˜s recent contributionÂ Â to law making in Abia State is indelible in the hearts of Abia people.. His draft bill titled: â€˜Abia State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission Law 2007â€™ presented to the Abia House of Assembly for consideration by members was passed into law recently.
The lawÂ presents in aÂ crisp andÂ clear manner his thoughts and prescriptions on ways of offering an enduring and sustainable solution to the development needs of the oil-producing communities, both in human, physical, economic and social terms.
We are happy that the President re-nominated him as a Federal Commissioner in the NDDC Governing Board a visionary leader, a man of impeccable character, an astute administrator who understands the developmental needs of oil producing communities in Abia State.