Kyrian Kelechi Okpe.
The story of the “Prophet In His Town” is a seemingly striking biblical allusion that touches on few human traits inherently embedded in the nature of man. One of the things I think is true, which is a way of thinking about worth and values is that,that which is uncommon among all is often at times regarded as common. In the case of Jesus of Nazareth, though He performed greater signs than no other, worked several miracles and wonders but was gravely despised by his own people and brother. The Israelite could barely fathom that, the One , whom they knew his father-Joseph and Mother- Mary the daughter of Saint Anne; the Little Child Jesus, who they watched grow alongside other children would become the Messiah.To the Jews,this of course passes off both as a surprise and as a puzzle.But then, this is in some sense, a demonstrable manifestation of some life’s matrix that unites a man and his destiny.
In the light of the above expression, it would be easier for us who stand at the far end of the scene, to hastily drag the Jews to our “court of wishful judgement”, thereby blaming the the Jews, who have refused to accept Christ Jesus as God and Saviour of the mankind . Forgetting that the log in our own eyes is much regrettable.
In this piece, as an Udenu man I feel rather compelled to dwell on the person of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-not just as the number one citizen of our dear state,but most importantly as an Udenu man. I intend to follow on the heels of other kindhearted sons and daughters of the state in assessing and celebrating the timeless achievements of his Excellency in his home. However, the space here is not to sing praise or to attack the political enemies of our Governor. What is my interest is to take us on a fair and balanced appraisal , on what may amount as a popular opinion, on what the name of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi depicts in Udenu of today.
This has become imperative as it will stand to evaluate the grassroot capacity of Governor Ugwuanyi in correlation to Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani of Agbani and Sullivan Chime nwa Udi saga, which has become barely a molding case study for successive Governors.
The Nwa David Ugwuanyi of Ohom Orba has grown, and could say to be bestriding our space like a legendary colossus. Of course he is!
In these passed years as a Governor, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has systematically helped redefined/and is heralding a a turning point in the political dynamics of our Local area.This is evident in his generous delivering of public goods to the admiration of all all.
The construction of the 49km Udenu Ring road with 2 mega bridges connecting all the 10 adjoining ancient communities in the Local Government. This is a key road that its economic and social importance cannot overemphasied- it ran through Ohom Orba Junction to Imilike Enu, Imilike Ani, Igugu, Umundu, Ezimo, Ezimo Agu, Imilike Agu , Ogbodu -Aba, Obollo Etiti, Obollo Afor and Amalla.
The construction of Ugwu Allelliua Obollo Eke road to Okpaligbo with a bridge, through Onu Eke Market and Agala village.
The construction of Ogbodu-Aba linking road; from Nkalagu UmuOsigide Obollo Etiti through Ogbodu-Aba to Mbu Akpoti, which connects to Neke and to Ugwuogo Nike.
Rehabilitation/ construction of the 2.93 km road of Umuezejor Obollo Eke- Agu-Udele-Itabor, with a spur at Ubahor.
Rehabilitation /construction of the 0.880 km road of Obiagu Ohom Orba rd- -Amube Ohom.
Rehabilitation /construction of the 2.220 km road of Enyazuru Ohom Orba road.
Rehabilitation /construction of the 6.110 KM road from Ogbo Umuokere to Ohulor Obollo Afor through Mbanato- Imufu- Umundu- ObeguIgugu-Nkporogwu- Ngbede- and Nkwo Umundu.
The construction of Ogwa-Ashi Spur road to Ama-Akpaka.
The construction of the extension of Okpu Orba -Agu Orba road.
The construction of the Ama-Akpaka Lekke/Ogbodu road.
The construction of Ohom Orba-Amajioka-Umuikeoha-Agu Orba road.
The construction of Amalla Orba- Orie Orba -Eke Ovoko Road.
The construction of the Amadim Orba to Okpu Orba road.
The construction of the Egbo junction to Amalla Orba- Odobudu road.
The construction road from Egbo junction to Orie orba.
The construction of road from Odobudu to Okpu Orba.
The construction of road from Odobudu to Agu udele Orba, through Ofuluonu.
The construction of road from Nkpor junction to Orie Orba.
The construction of the Ogbodu-Aba Orba old/new road link road.
The construction of the Enugu State Science and Technology University Teaching Hospital, with 200 bed seaters Adada Specialist Hospital in Igbo-Ano. The College of Medicine is intended to cover the various faculty in the area of basic medical.
The establishment of the Udenu Campus of the Enugu State Polytechnic Iwollo; This is sited in the expanse land area shared by Ezimo, Aug Orba and Imilike Agu.
The construction of Enugu State Tech Hub and Youth Innovation Centre in Obolloafor. The Tech Hub intends to serve as an interface between Tech giants like Microsoft, IBM, HP, Alibaba, Google, Facebook etc and Enugu Tech Start ups as these giants will be given laison offices within the hub to localize their products and services and provide first class training and recruitment programs to Ndi Enugu State.
The construction of the modern” Type 3 PHC” hospital in Orba, with modern infrastructures and hospital equipment. The health Centre has a furnished Doctor quarters and functional water-borehole.
The Construction of the new Ultra modern Fire Service Station in Ohom Orba, along Obollo new express road.
The construction and establishment of Police Area Command and its permanent sites in Orba. This is to enhance adequate security of lives and property of the residents.
The construction of the David Ugwuanyi Skill Acquisitions Centre in Ohom Orba. This is vocational training and empowerment unit that is designed to train and mentor Udenu Youths on skills that are required by companies to ensure they attain global competitiveness.
The construction of the new Ultra modern High Court building in Obollo afor, which the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Honourable. Justice Ngozi Priscilla Emehelu, described as the largest intervention in the infrastructure development in South East Judiciary.
Picking a strand of thought from the above,it makes sense to argue that even the most careless political observers are inclined to agree, especially in view of his giant developmental strides across the length and breadth of the state that Udenu in particular has made real progress which are glaring enough reaffirm our trust and confidence in him.With this in mind, one would proudly say that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is a Godsent-or better put, he is a Prophet highly regarded among his people !
He has carved a niche for himself and written his name in the sand of time through a unique style of leadership.To this end,it’s our wish that you keep up with the good work , while assuring you of our unflinching support.Ride on Gburu Gburu Udenu, we are solidly behind you!
Kyrian Kelechi Okpe writes from Enugu