Ekwueme unfolds plans for Orumba North Local Government Area


… Reiterates plans to take Orumba North to top three Local Government Areas

The newly appointed Transition Chairman of the Orumba North Local Government Area, Hon. Sir Ogo Ekwueme has reiterated his intention to move the Local Government Area from where it is currently to the top three best Local Government Areas in the state in terms of performance and cleanliness within the lifespan of his administration.

Ekwueme who disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists at the Council’s Secretariat in Ajalli on Friday shortly after assumption of duty, observed that there’s a lot of work to do adding that being part of Soludo solution team, it doesn’t come easily.

He said, “I am able and up to the task to deliver on the mandate we were given. I come to this office with a background of humility and integrity and I assure Ndi Orumba North Local Government that I will do my best, I will be upright, there will be no reason to leave any community behind.

“So, they can expect to see someone who is at home with everybody, someone who will not sit in the office and not know what is going on around. I plan to move around, in the next two or three weeks, I plan to go on ward tour and know what the issues are of the various communities. They should expect someone who is one of them, it is not because I am occupying this position that I will now extricate myself from everybody .

“They should expect someone who will come down to the communities and work with them to make sure that we achieve great things for this land.”

Ekwueme pointed out that the first priority of the Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo being waste management and having devolved this to the Local Government Areas, he would key into the vision of the governor to ensure that the Council remained clean at all times.

“Driving here, naturally now as the Chairman, my eyes were looking left and right to see if I will see any dirty anywhere but I am happy that from Amaokpala all the way down here, Ndikelionwu, Omogho and Ufuma and the rest, it was a very beautiful scene, we have to build on that. That is my first mission here”, he added.

On youth development, the Orumba North Council boss said, “There’s a lot of work going forward. If you notice, while we were going around (the Secretariat) here, they pointed out an office for Youths development and I ask to know if somebody comes there everyday. The reason behind that question is because there is a lot of plans for the youths starting from agriculture. We have seedlings we expect to get from the Ministry of Agriculture – Coconuts and palm seedlings. If I am not mistaking, I think they have about 75,000 seedlings that has been ceded to Orumba North. We already had that meeting with the Special Adviser in charge.

“And so, there is a lot of work for the youths.The Special Adviser on Youth Empowerment is a good friend and during our inauguration, he was there and told us his plans. So, like I said, as we sit down and settle down, within the next one month to six weeks, we will unfold all these plans and engage everyone productively. The idea is that anyone who wants to learn a trade or who wants to do something will not be left behind based on Prof. Soludo’s plan for the Youths.”

On improving the state of infrastructure at the Secretariat, he said, “I can’t operate in a dirty environment. I hope that before I resume work on Tuesday, these grasses would have been cut to some manageable level. Now, we all know and the governor always say it everywhere he is, that from February till now, NNPC has not paid one dime into the federation account. So, there is limited resources but with whatever resources we are given, we will do our best.

“I am not saying that we will transform here overnight but with whatever resources we are given, we will make sure that we do our best and make it a habitable environment for everybody”

Photo: Hon. Sir Ogo Ekwueme, Transition Chairman, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

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