By Victor Okereke
Executive Governor of Imo State Chief Ikedi Ohakim must be commended for his wise appointment of  Barrister Enyinna Onuegbu as Sole Administrator of Ngor Okpala Local Government Area and Prince Collins Enwere as Coordinator for Ngor-Okpala South Local Government Development Area.

Perhaps the years the locust have eaten in Ngor-Okpala development, God will restore through these timely appointments. We are grateful to have thinking and practical sons in these young men.

The Ngor-Okpala South Local Government Development Area’s New Management team headed by the young, urbane and amiable Collins Enwere and ably assisted by Hon. Margaret Ekeke, Hon. Martins Chikwe, Nwamadi and Hon. Eze Okereke are set to make history in the annals of service and leadership in the entire Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area. It is evident that what endears a leadership to the governed is its vision and patriotic zeal to translate this vision into reality to the benefit of the masses.

The Ngor-Okpala South Local Government Development Area was created during the Achike Udenwa administration. The area comprises nine autonomous communities which include Amala, Ikem, Alulu, Oburu/Obokwe, Eziama, Uchulu, Okpala, Imea (Ubichukwu) and Ntu. All these autonomous communities make up what is called Mba-Isii. People who are conversant with this place will testify that the area had been in a state of decay and utter neglect begging for attention in infrastructural rejuvenation and development.

However, the area has had its fair share of its children manning the seat of power in the Local Government headquarters. Unfortunately, the former leaders from the area lacked the ability and vision to bring development closer to the people. But the new and young leadership at the development area seems bent on changing the face of service and leadership through visible people-oriented projects. They have within a short period into their tenure commenced these projects:

The rebuilding of the decrepit Orie Okpala Market into a modern market with stalls. This is done in a phased manner. Their proposal for the market include, building an abattoir and a mini motor park to ensure proper organization of the market. They also promised to re-launch the market to its former glory.  They have sunk a borehole at the development area secretariat in Okpala. The borehole in Nkwoala Market is expected to be ready by end of March to make life easier for people who patronize the market and those living around the area.

They have finalized the arrangement to remove the shameful and embarrassing refuse dump in the market.

This refuse heap has succeeded various Local Government Chairmen in Ngor-Okpala without any of them seeing the health hazards it posed to the people. To bring order on sanitation in Nkwoala Market the coordinator has ordered for four big refuse disposal containers to be located at strategic locations in the market.

And to ensure a permanent cleanliness of this major market a sanitation task force has been inaugurated by the coordinator.

The Ngor-Okpala South Local Government Development Area has commenced a youth empowerment scheme in the area in liaison with the job centre Owerri. The scheme is aimed at training eligible youths in any trade of their choice. This same leadership has started to revive the dead Okpala Water Scheme at Amankwu Okpala. The electricity problem that the town has experienced for over a year now has been taken up with PHCN and they promised that in no distant time the town will enjoy uninterrupted power supply again.

Immediately after their inauguration, the team conducted free eye medical checks, giving out glasses and drugs in the Development area. Serious cases were referred to the Federal Medical Centre Owerri at the expense of the area.

One thing is evident and that is that these young men have shown that with little resources something could be done no matter how small. Our people do not ask for too much. All we want is for someone to show concern and that is what Collins Enwere and his team have done.

*Victor Okereke (Esq) wrote from Lagos.


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