Who Will Speak For Us?
SIR: Regardless of the prominent Umuoji people in high offices and successful businesses, comparatively, something overall seems to be mystifying in the stunted growth of the town. The neighbouring towns of Ojoto, Uke, Nkpor, Abatete and Ogidi can boast of a major government influence. Specifically, they have, at least, one or two good-tarred roads running across their communities. Is it people that they have that Umuoji in Idemili North Local Government area does not have or is it money? The size of Umuoji and its cultural relevance should position it in the eye-view of attracting monumental progress.
We applaud Gov. Willie Obiano for giving us succour during our trying times with overextended power blackout. What is at present lamentable is the abandonment of the only road project ever awarded to Umuoji. It is not consoling to mention the quantum assurances made towards completion of this sole project.
In my political wisdom, I calculated that the Anambra State government will seize the general elections season to finish up work on Nkwo, Umuoji to Ekeagu, Abatete road project. That way, to court political favour as excited residents will be buoyed to vote for the party in office while the smell of asphalt is fresh on their noses. Obviously, this political capital is not valued. The rainy season is fast approaching and there is no sign of action on the project site. It was interesting to hear that reverse is the case, the government wants to test the support of Umuoji people by the manner they will vote in the coming election before it determines the “correct” action by it.
Who will speak for us? The prayers from the crusade of many Christian denominations in Umuoji deserve to be answered. For it is not in vain that the righteous call upon the name of the Lord.
• Pius Okaneme,
Umuoji, Anambra State.
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