* LG Chairman breaks 25-year old jinks in Umunneochi
By FELIX OTI
As part of activities to mark the Chairman, Barr.Philip Okey Igwe’s one year in office, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu yesterday commissioned water and electricity projects in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State.
The occasion, which took place at the local government headquarters, Isuochi, attracted dignitaries from across the the state, including the governor who was represented by his deputy, Udo Oko Chukwu.
The electricity projects broke 25 years of darkness in Umunneochi, the political stronghold of the late Senator Uche Chukwumerije, who was also Minister of Information in the military government of President Ibrahim Babangida.
In his speech at the occasion, the governor who expressed satisfaction with Igwe’s administration in Umunneochi, explained how the local government Chairman “pestered and begged him,” on behalf of the local government, to help him solve the electricity problem in Umunneochi, saying the commissioning of the electricity bore testimony to Barr. Igwe’s tenacity, focus and pragmatism as a public office holder.
He, therefore, urged the people of Umunneochi to support the Chairman by ensuring that the transformer is not vandalized by criminals.
On his part, Barr. Igwe, at the occasion, put smiles on the faces of the people by donating 120 bags of rice and 900 pieces of cloths to be shared among the people.
He also held a raffle draw from which two people from each ward went home with N5,000 cash, and gave out 10 motorcycles.
One of the highlights of the occasion was a dancing competition in which 15 contestants won a combined prize money of N200,000.