By Uzo Ugwunze
Akwukwu (Idemili South LGA), Jan. 6, 2021 (MOI) Newly elected Akwukwu Improvement Union (AIU) has pledged to empower more unemployed youths in the community.
The committee also promised to repair some of the faulty electric transformers to ensure that areas experiencing power outage would start enjoying supplies.
In a speech after their inauguration at the Community Primary School, Akwukwu, Idemili South Local Government Area (LGA), the President -General (PG), Mr Uchenna Anayo, who defeated his opponent, Mr Patrick Chukwudozie to be re-elected gave that assurance.
Anayo noted that during his previous tenure, several transformers were repaired saying that the remaining ones would be tackled headlong in the course of the second tenure.
“I will do my best. Many of our transformers were in bad condition while some others were vandalised by hoodlums. We met only two functional transformers, when we assumed office.
“We were able to repair five of them during my past tenure and we are going to ensure that others are repaired so as to ensure adequate power supply in our community.
“We have also planned to conduct quiz competitions for Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools after which successful students will be offered scholarships by various villages of Akwukwu,’’ observed Anayo.
According to the Vice-President, Mr Azubuike Umeadi, community leadership entails sacrifice. It is not going to be business as usual.
“We are very serious about empowering the youths through skills acquisition and scholarship schemes.’’
The AIU executive members comprise Alphonsus Uchenna Anayo, President-General; Azubuike Umeadi , Vice-President; Ifeanyi Obumneme, Secretary; Cosmas Eze, Assistant Secretary; Ekene Obi, Financial Secretary.
Others are Ifeanyi Igwilo, Treasurer; Obinna Alokwe, Public Relations Officer and Ifeamaka Nwoji, Home Affairs.
They all pledged to support the PG toward lifting the Akwukwu community to greater heights.
The Electoral Committee Chairman, Prof. Raymond Osemenam thanked everyone for their maximum cooperation during the accreditation and the election adjudged to be free and fair.
“We adopted Option A4 system to ensure transparency.’’
An Akwukwu community stakeholder and veteran journalist, Mr Don Onyenji urged the executive committee to run an inclusive tenure saying that the community would expect more from them.
“The executive committee should run an inclusive system that will take cognizance of the stakeholders of the town, listen to superior advice, allow constructive criticisms and tidy up the writing of the Constitution. “The PG has a gargantuan task. He should speed up the process of selecting a new Igwe including organising a last Ofalla for the late traditional ruler as well as finishing Akwukwu’s new Constitution,” stressed Onyenji. (MOI)