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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ogbunike: Setting The Records Straight

Our attention has been drawn to a demonstration by a group of about fifty youths dressed on T-shirts with the inscription "United Ogbunike Youths Association" directed against the person of the wife of the Governor of Anambra State, and founder of the NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano. 

We fear that some opposition elements may have infiltrated the peace loving town of Ogbunike and secretly instigated a band of youths to stage a protest with placards and claims of neglect of the community by Mrs. Obiano who happens to be a proud daughter of Ogbunike. They complained that the public toilet recently commissioned at Oye-Olisa Market is the only project sited in the community by the Anambra State Government in three years.

These wild allegations that have no close relationship with the truth and are obviously orchestrated to mislead and incite unsuspecting members of the town against Mrs. Obiano.

The facts are that:
The wife of the governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Obiano has neither a statutory role nor financial allocation from the Government of the State. Her role as wife of the governor has no executive powers to it. However, in support of the programmes of her husband in the service of Ndi Anambra, she set up the NGO under whose auspices she embarks on several charitable programmes and projects including the popular CAFÉ Housing Programme for indigent widows as well as Borehole projects.

That the CAFÉ Market Toilet and Borehole project commissioned recently at Oye-Olisa, Ogbunike is just one out of eight completed toilets and twenty boreholes that CAFE built in select community markets across the State to promote hygiene and dignity of the rural women and men. The projects can be seen at Afor-Mbaukwu, Afor-Igwe, Umudioka, Eke-Igwe Nteje, Otuocha, Nkwo Awkuzu, Zone 3-Main-Market, Onitsha, and Oye-Olisa not to mention boreholes in other communities.

That in 2016 CAFÉ also built and handed over one of the ten free CAFÉ Housing projects for indigent widows to a beneficiary at Ifite Village, Ogbunike.

That CAFÉ charity programmes and projects are funded with the financial support of philanthropists and people of like minds who donate generously from both within and outside the state.

That since the youths and their faceless sponsors acknowledge the good intentions of their daughter, it is therefore unfortunate that an issue that ordinarily should have been a family discussion has been dragged into public space by fifth columnists who would prefer that Ogbunike is set on fire for no just cause.

We consider it important however, to enlighten the public on the statutory projects executed by the Obiano administration in Ogbunike which is just one out of 181 communities in Anambra State. We must bear in mind that these projects were all executed in three years of the worst economic period in Nigeria ever, when some other states could not even pay workers’ salaries.

These include:
Reconstruction of St Monica Road Ogbunike - 1.3 km - Completed

 Reconstruction of Umudioka to Ogbunike Cave Road with Spur to Girls Secondary School Umudioka (St.  Kizito Girls Secondary) (2.4 km) - Completed

Construction of Ugwunwasike - Azu Ogbunike - Amawa - Osile - Ifite - Umueri - St Monica - College Road by Sageez (7.9 km) - On Going.

 Also as part of the Electrification Assistant project several transformers were installed to boost power supply to the community, while a good number of Ogbunike sons and daughters were employed in various capacities in the state civil service. Even HRM Igwe John Umenyiora of Ogbunike recently acknowledged the projects so far sited in the town by Governor Obiano and endorsed him for second term come November 2017.

We understand that the political season is at hand and that a desperate opposition is looking for willing youths as tools to disturb the peace of Anambra State. We however advise that while every democracy makes room for opposition, we should all be mindful of the limits imposed by ethics and decency in a free society. For the truest test of democracy lies in what purpose we finally put its many freedoms to.

Emeka Ozumba
 SSA, Media to the Governor

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