right to left, the traditional ruler of Igbakwu and Chairman Ayamelum LGA, Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Prof.Onuora Nwuneli, his Omasi counterpart, Igwe Benjamin Okeji, Hon Vincent Ofumelu, and the traditional ruler of Umumbo, Igwe Simon Chidubem, and a priest in Igbakwu during the occasion.

...Gives their blessing, and support for his reelection as lawmaker flags off construction of classroom blocks at Igbakwu community.

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu, NNEWI

TRADITIONAL rulers in Oyi, Ayamelu Federal Constituency in Anambra State, including those of the Igbakwu community, Igwe Prof. Onuora Nwuneli, Omor, Igwe Chris Oranu Chidume, Omasi, Igwe Benjamin Okeji and Umumbo, Igwe Simeon Chidubem and other stakeholders in the area, have given their blessing and support for the reelection of the member representing Oyi Ayememu Federal Constituency, Hon. Vincent Ofumelu, to the green chambers.

They gave their respective blessing and support to the lawmaker, who is seeking reelection under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the flagging off of three classroom blocks at Community Secondary School Igbakwu, the lawmaker.

The project which is the last for the benefits communities by the lawmaker, who has done similar projects in all the communities in the constituency, attracted the attention and commendation of the traditional rulers and other stakeholders who expressed surprise that such will be coming from a first-timer lawmaker.

Similar projects done by a lawmaker, furnished and handed over by the lawmaker, include 4 class room blocks at Nteji Boys High School, 3 classroom blocks at Awkuzu Boys High School, 6 classroom blocks at Community Secondary School Omor, 3 classroom blocks at Community Secondary School Umumbo, 3 classroom blocks at Community Secondary School Umueje and 3 classroom blocks at Community Secondary School Ifiteogwari.

Other communities where a similar project has been completed furnished and handed over by the lawmaker were, the 3 classroom block at Girls Secondary School Omasi, 3 classroom blocks at Comprehensive Secondary School Omasi, 3 classroom blocks at Riverside Secondary School Umuerum and 3 classroom blocks at Inland Primary School Umuerum.

The traditional rulers and stakeholders of the Federal Constituency also extolled the lawmaker for the motorized borehole water project he provided for the people at Nteji, Egbengwu, Amagwu village, Awkuzu, Ogbunike Umunya and Nkwelle Ezunaka, and the Omor/Umuerum rural electrification project and installation of two 500 KVA transformer.

Igwe Prof. Nwuneli who is the Chairman of the Ayemelu Local Government Council of Traditional Rulers while speaking on behalf of his colleague thanks Hon. Ofumelu, for his sterling performance, said that as traditional rulers their duty is to pray, support and encourage any of their own that is doing well, to do more and anywhere he needs our support, we encourage and give it to him.

Member Represent Orumba North and South Federal Constituency in the green chambers, Hon. Okwudili Ezenwankwo, on his part, extolled the performance of his colleague who he described as a lawmaker who is committed to the well-being of his constituents.

He urged the Oyi, and Ayamelum constituents to ensure that the reelect Hon. Ofumelu, saying that he will achieve more than what he has done as the first timer, adding that any first-timer lawmaker enjoys less attention in the National Assembly than a ranking member, decrying the act of changing lawmakers from the people of South East without allowing the incumbent to graduate to ranking members who enjoy a lot of benefits.

Many first-time lawmakers don’t perform but Hon. Ofumelu has performed beyond the expectation of the people and the only way to support him is reelection, to complete all he started and others he has planned to initiate.

Hon. Ofumelu while addressing his people enumerated other projects he has attracted which include, the Nteje access feeder road construction in Oyi LGA, Anaku access feeder road Ayamelum LGA, 9.5 Kilometer Omor/Umuerum road, reconstruction and renovation of Anaku, Umuerum and Omasi town halls, and 90 poles street lighting across Oyi and Ayamelum council areas.

He also disclosed that he has facilitated hospital equipment supplies at Omor Primary Health Center, secured 63 Federal jobs for constituents across Oyi and Ayamelum Federal Constituency, facilitated skill acquisition programmes and empowered over 200 youths and adults and Reconstruction work at Anambra Imo River Basin Authority.

He equally disclosed that he attracted the Federal University of Nursing and Midwifery Nteje Oyi Local Government, and the Federal University of Agriculture Umuerum Ayamelum, which he recently brought the Minister of Agriculture for inspection and other necessary things for its kick-off.

At the palace of Igwe Oranu of Omor, where the lawmaker paid him a solidarity visit for his New Yam Festival, the revered traditional rulers urged him to continue his people-oriented projects, saying that it is a strong tool for getting reelected, noting that some people who do not understand politics thinks that it is only the party card carrying members that do it.

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