Hon Somto Udeze, the Member representing Ogbaru 11 Constituecy, in Anambra State House of Assembly, has published a compendium of his legislative activities, between 2015 and 2019. The well documented activities of the lawmaker, which at best is iconoclastic, at a later end, comprised an appeal to his constituents by the lawmaker, who is the PDP candidate of Ogabru 11 Constituency, for support for a second term, in the March 2, 2019 General Election.
My Journey so far as a Member of Anambra State House of Assembly between June 2015 and January 2019.
The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all (Ecclesiastes 9: 11).
Since it pleases God that I, Hon. Sir Somtochukwu Nkemakonam Udeze at this time in the history of Ogbaru, is representing the good people of Ogbaru II Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, I have tasked myself to relentlessly contribute my own quota in making Ogbaru a paradise for all of us. King Solomon the wisest man ever lived on this planet earth said in the book of Ecclesiastes 9: 10 and I quote; whatever a man does, he should do it well; for when one goes to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
I have meticulously left no stone unturned in my concerted efforts to bringing various kinds of developments (both infrastructure and human capacity building) to every nook and cranny of Ogbaru.
As it is widely said, until the lions have their own historians, the hunter will always take glory when stories of the hunt are being told. Thus, this humble attempt of mine, is to present to you, my efforts towards making Ogbaru a better place within three years and seven months, in office as a legislator and member of the 6th Anambra State House of Assembly. First of all, I will not fail to express my heart-felt gratitude and appreciation to God Almighty and to all Ogbaru Sons and Daughters who supported me through thick and thin of my journey to the Anambra State House of Assembly in 2015 and numerous others who joined forces with me thereafter. May the Almighty God bless and reward you all handsomely.
For clarity purposes, I would like to take you on this journey step by step starting from my primary duty as a legislator, to others.
HON. SIR SOMTOCHUKWU NKEM UDEZE FULFILLING HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISES TO NDI OGBAHU
Upon resumption as a member of the House, I was made the Chairman House Committee on Agriculture, the position that I still hold today in Anambra State House of Assembly. In addition, I also serve in the following committees in the House;
a. House Committee on Trade and Commerce;
b. House Committee on Internally Generated Revenue;
c. House Committee on Women Affairs;
d. House Committee on Security and Community Affairs;
e. House Committee on Lands;
f. House Committee on Science and Technology, among other sensitive Committees in Anambra State House of Assembly.
As part of my legal and constitutional duty as a state legislator, I have in my capacity as an individual and in concert with other legislators, sponsored bills and motions, that when fully implemented will impart positively on the lives of Ogbaru people and Ndi Anambra at large. Some of the bills/motions that affect us as Ogbaru people include the following:
1. A MOTION URGING THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO THROUGH THE STATE MINISTRY OF WORKS, TO FACILITATE THE COMPLETION OF BOTH UMUNANKWO-MPUTU-OGWU-ANIOCHA ROAD AND THE 76KM ONITSHA-ATANI-OSSOMALA-OGWU-
IKPELE ROAD (Motion No: MO. 2015.14, Dated 27/08/2015):
Recall that the construction of the above roads were awarded by the previous administration and that on April 17, 2014, the governor of Anambra State- Chief Willie M. Obiano inspected the 76km road in consonance with the 4c’s of his administration (Continue, Complete, Commission, Commence). During this visit, the contractor handling the Atani-Ossomala-Ogwu-Ikpelle Road, promised to complete the said construction work by December that year, 2014. It is very sad and disheartening that nothing meaningful was done on the said road despite the promises. On assumption of office, my very first motion was to draw the attention of the state government headed by the Governor, to the deplorable and sordid state of the above roads and how their completion will improve and enhance the state of living of our dear people. This motion together with my regular visits to the Governor, motivated the Governor to bankroll and re-inspect the said Atani-Ossomala-Ogwu-Ikpelle Road in February, 2017. It is however a sad story that construction work on the said Atani-Ossomala-Ogwu-Ikpelle Road, is moving at a snail pace despite all efforts to ensure that the road is completed before this raining season. I shall not rest until the said roads and others, still under construction in Ogbaru, are completed.
2. A MOTION URGING THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO TO COMMENCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE USHIAN LAKE IN OGWU-ANIOCHA AND UDELIJI LAKE OHITA, ALL IN OGBARU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, INTO A TOURIST SITE (Motion No: MO. 2016. 24, Dated 02/08/2016):
The implementation of this motion by the Anambra State Government would have provided a substantial base for revenue generation, for the host communities and the provision of various degrees of employment opportunities, for the teeming population of Ogbaru especially the youth. In addition to the above, it would equally bring about infrastructural development in the host communities and their neighbouring communities in Ogbaru.
3. A MOTION CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO TO DIRECT THE COMMISSIONER FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION, ROAD FURNITURE AND MAINTENANCE, TO COMMENCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF OCHUCHE-AMIYI-UMUZE ROAD, IN OGBARU LGA (Motion No: MO. 2016. 44, Dated 10/11/2016):
This is another road in Ogbaru that gives me great concern. Like -Ossomala-Ogwu-Ikpelle Road, the Ochuche-Amiyi-Umuze road has never been tarred for the first time. As part of my commitment to attract government presence in Ogbaru, I have also moved a motion for the construction and completion of the Ochuche-Amiyi-Umuze road. Thank God for FADAMA, an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, which heard my eloquent but humble cry and adopted the said road as one of their numerous projects in Ogbaru. Work has since commenced on the said road and when completed will link our Umuze and Amiyi brothers with the rest of Ogbaru communities and enhance living standard of the people generally.
4. A MOTION CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO TO DIRECT THE COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE, MECHANIZATION, PROCESSING AND EXPORT TO COMMENCE THE ADOPTION OF DUAL FARMING SEASON IN THE STATE (Motion No: MO. 2017. 11, Dated 27/04/2017)
On resumption of duty as the Chairman House Committee on Agriculture, my first priority was to use the position to ensure that our people who are predominantly farmers, benefit from the State Government’s agricultural policies. In the year 2016, I fought and brought to our people, hybrid cassava stems procured by the State Government, to support farmers in rural areas. To my chagrin, these cassava stems brought were not used by our people owing to the fact that they had long concluded their planting season. Most of them were abandoned in the field at the Local Government Secretariat, Atani. This is due to the fact that Anambra State government has a farming year that runs from April to March of the following year and this farming year is what determines when agricultural inputs and materials are procured and distributed by the state government, to farmers in the state. You all will agree with me that by April, our people due to the place where nature placed us must have concluded planting of crops. Thus, the agricultural inputs/materials procured by the state government are of little benefit to our people. As part of my effort to change this trend and ensure that our people and all other communities living along the riverine areas in Anambra State benefited from the state government procurement and distribution of agricultural inputs/materials, I, on Thursday the 27th day of April, 2017, moved a motion calling on the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellence Chief Willie Obiano to direct the Commissioner for Agriculture to adopt and commence the implementation of a dual farming season in the state. This motion was unanimously adopted by all my colleagues in the House. No doubt, this motion when implemented will impart positively in the lives of every farmer in Ogbaru and others in the riverine areas in the State.
5. A MOTION CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO TO TAKE ADEQUATE BUT URGENT MEASURES TO CHECKMATE, CURTAIL AND CONTROL THE MENACE OF HERDSMEN IN OGBARU COMMUNITIES:
It is a well known fact that the mainstay of our economy in Ogbaru is agriculture. This is predicated on the fact that our people are predominantly farmers. The essence of this motion is to ensure that our farmlands and communities were not attacked by these herdsmen, thereby causing great human and material loss to our people.
As a prelude to this motion, I summoned and sponsored a stakeholders meeting in 2016, involving our traditional rulers, the President Generals of all the fifteen communities in Ogbaru, security personnel, the clergies and a host of other sons and daughters of Ogbaru, from different walks of life. The resolution reached in the said stakeholders meeting after due deliberation, formed part of the above motion and the result was awesome.
6. A MOTION OF URGENT IMPORTANCE BRINGING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT THE BOAT MISHAP THAT HAPPENED AT OGWU-IKPELE AND ALSO CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR, HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO TO DIRECT THE COMMISSIONER FOR ROAD, RAIL AND WATER TRANSPORT TO PUT MEASURES IN PLACE TO ENSURE THAT WATER TRANSPORT IS SAFER
7. A MOTION CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO TO DIRECT THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT TO CHECKMATE THE EROSION MENACE AT IHITENANSA BY IBEKWE STREET IN IYIOWA ODEKPE IN OGBARU LGA, ANAMBRA STATE (Dated 03/05/2018)
8. A MOTION OF URGENT IMPORTANCE BRINGING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT THE DEVASTATING EFFECT OF EROSION IN OSSOMALA A COMMUNITY IN OGBARU AND CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO TO DIRECT NEMA AND SEMA TO TAKE URGENT ACTIONS.
9. A MOTION CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO TO DIRECT THE COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH TO REVIVE, REVAMP AND MAKE FUNCTIONAL ALL THE HEALTH CENTERS IN OGBARU BY ENSURING THAT THEY ARE WELL EQUIPED WITH MODERN MEDICAL EQUPMENTS AND QUALIFIED PERSONNEL EMPLOYED TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR PATIENTS.
It is noted with sadness that despite the success of the above stated motions in the State House of Assembly coupled with my official correspondence and numerous visits to the Governor and the Commissioners involved, not such much has been done by the state government, to implement these motions that will impart greatly on the lives of Ogbaru people. I am not discouraged, I shall continue to project the needs of our people, until they are met by the executive.
BILLS CO-SPONSORED BY HON. (SIR) SOMTOCHUKWU NKEM UDEZE
1. Anambra State of Nigeria Appropriation Law, 2015, ANHA/LAW/2015/01.
2. Anambra State Customary Court of Appeal Law, 2015, ANHA/LAW/2015/05
3. Anambra State College of Nursing Sciences Law, 2015, ANHA/LAW/2015/06
4. Anambra State Water Supply and Sanitary Law, 2015, ANHA/LAW/2015/07
5. Anambra State Small Business Agency Law, 2015, ANHA/LAW/2015/08
6. Anambra State Waste Management Authority Law, 2015, ANHA/LAW/2015/09
7. Anambra State Traffic Agency (Amendment ) Law, 2015, ANHA/LAW/2015/10
8. Anambra State Housing Development Corporation Law, 2015, ANHA/LAW/2015/11
9. Anambra State Group Vigilante (Amendment) Law, 2015, ANHA/LAW/2015/12
10. Anambra State Appropriation Law, 2016, ANHA/LAW/2016/01
11. Anambra State Physical Planning (Amendment) Law, 2016, ANHA/LAW/2016/02
12. Anambra State Waste Management Authority (Amendment) Law, 2016, ANHA/LAW/2016/03
13. Mission School of Nursing and Midwifery Law, 2016, ANHA/LAW/2016/04
14. Anambra State Public Procurement (Amendment) Law, 2016, ANHA/LAW/2016/05
15. Anambra State Tourism and Hospitality Law, 2016, ANHA/LAW/2016/06
16. OCHA Brigade Law, 2017, ANHA/LAW/2017/01
17. Anambra State Appropriation Law, 2017, ANHA/LAW/2017/02
18. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital Amaku, Awka, Law, 2017, ANHA/LAW/2017/03
19. Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme Law, 2017, ANHA/LAW/2017/04
20. Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu (Establishment) Law, 2017, ANHA/LAW/2017/05
21. Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law, 2017, ANHA/LAW/2017/06
22. Anambra State Appropriation Law, 2018, ANHA/LAW/2018/01, among many others.
PROJECTS / INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT
1. CONSTRUCTION OF A MAGNIFICENT LECTURE / THEATRE HALL
By His grace, I am one of the politicians who deeply believes that constituents should enjoy dividends of democracy, notwithstanding. As part of my efforts to take Ogbaru to the next desirable level, propelled by my love to represent my people, I have constructed a modern and magnificent lecture theatre at the permanent site of the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Atani Campus. This lecture theatre which is currently being used by the institution, has reduced the hitherto lecture hall/space challenge, the Institution had.
I will not hesitate to salute Rev. Fr. Ojene, the dynamic, ebullient and proactive director of the Atani Campus of the Institution. This Reverend gentleman has worked indefatigably to ensure that this one and only higher Institution in our land, did not go into extinction but has continued to grow in leaps and bounds. He has initiated and established a cordial relationship between myself and the rector of the Institution, all aimed at making the Atani Campus to be the best and to attract more departments to the Campus. This will create more job opportunities for our people.
2. HEALTH FACILITIES:
One of the popular and notorious age long maxim says and I quote: “health is wealth”. It is further said that “cleanliness is next to godliness”. In consonance with the above, I have attracted the renovation of three (3) Primary Health Care Centres in Odekpe, Akili-Ozizor and that of Ossomala with a perimeter fencing, all in Ogbaru. This renovation work has brought the said primary health centres to the modern acceptable standard. Today people feel free to visit the primary health centres to seek solution for the health related problems and challenges unlike before due to their deplorable states.
In addition to the said renovation work, I single handedly built and equipped a health care centre to cater for the medical needs of the people in Okoti, Odorubber, Ogbe-ukwu and Iyiowa Odekpe centrally situate at the St. James Anglican Church, Odorubber. It is worthy to note that there is hitherto no government health care center in the above mentioned places, despite their high population.
3. SINKING OF BOREHOLES:
The era of drinking from the River Niger, Streams, Lakes and ponds, has long past but surprisingly and most unfortunately, some of our brothers and sisters still drink from those unhealthy water bodies. This they do because there is no alternative water supply to them in their vicinities, coupled with the facts that they cannot afford buying bags of satchet water, popularly called pure water. In an attempt to salvage this ugly and unfortunate situation, I have embarked on aggressive borehole drilling/sinking projects, in those areas. Through this project, a lot of communities, villages and camp settlements, has benefitted. So far, we have completed five (5) boreholes with over-head tanks for storing of water in the following areas:
i. Ibelenta Village, Atani;
ii. Two (2) separate boreholes at different locations in Umudaike Village, Atani;
iii. Iyiafifia Camp Settlement, Ochuche Umuodu; and
iv. Obene Camp Settlement, Atani.
Many more communities will benefit in the next phase that will kick off soonest.
4. GRADING OF ROAD:
In December, 2016, I embarked on sand filling and grading of Abilibose-Ibelenta Road in Atani which became inaccessible since after the great flood of 2012. To God be the glory, today the road is accessible by all.
Education has been defined as the process of developing through research and imparting through teaching, knowledge and skills that are socially desirable in a given society. It may also be regarded as a method of leading people out of ignorance.
It is also universally believed that an educated citizenry is a more potent developmental tool and defensive bulwark, than a standing army. Education in all countries of the world, is seen as the chief cornerstone for quality and lasting development. The knowledge and understanding acquired through education will assist the people to plan their lives accordingly, in a more profitable way. This is what Plato observed that made him to conclude that “education is the fairest thing that the best of men can ever have.”
In line with the above, on my assumption of office as a Legislator in Anambra State House of Assembly in June 2015, I deemed it fit and necessary, to contribute my meaningful quota in encouraging and assisting our children, to become the potent developmental tools required in our society. To achieve this dream, the following programmes were initiated and sponsored single-handedly by me.
1. PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS TO SCHOOLS
I am neither the Chairman of House Committee on Education nor a member of the said committee, but I have contributed immensely to the education of our children through different programmes in my personal capacity. They are borne out of my cheer love and desire to serve my people and assist the best brains from the less privileged families actualize their dreams of acquiring sound and quality education. Few months after my swearing-in, I single handedly procured and distributed some educational materials to the following secondary schools in Ogbaru:
a. Archbishop Albert Obiefuna Secondary School of St. Gregory Catholic Church, Iyiowa Odekpe;
b. St. James Secondary School of the St. James Anglican Church, Iyiowa Odekpe;
c. Community Secondary School, Iyiowa Odekpe;
d. Community Secondary School, Atani;
e. Josephine Oduah Memorial Secondary School, Akili-Ozizor;
f. Anthony Obaze Memorial Secondary School, Ochuche Umuodu;
g. Ogbaru High School, Ogbakuba; and
h. Government Technical College, Ossomala.
2. SCHOLARSHIP, GRANTS AND ADMISSIONS:
My scholarship scheme is aimed at assisting the best brains among the less privileged families in Ogbaru communities. In 2015, immediately after my assumption of office, I requested 2 (Two) names from each of the then Local Government Elected Councilors representing the 10 (Ten) wards in Ogbaru II State Constituency. The Councilors submitted a total of 20 (Twenty) names to my constituency office and they were all invited for a written exam/interview. The exam was written, the scripts marked and the result announced the same day. The best 5 (Five) students out of the whole students who participated in the written exam/interview, were selected and offered scholarships for the duration of two years covering their Ordinary National Diploma (OND) at the Anambra State College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu (now Anambra State Polytechnic). The 5 (Five) students who are currently on my scholarship programme are:
1. Onyia Blessing Chizoba from Odekpe
2. Ezeolisa Jane Adaora from Atani
3. Obi David Ekene from Umunankwo
4. Udoji Juliet Chisom from Mputu
5. Igwe Abundant Chioma from Ogwu-Ikpele
Besides paying their tuition fees, the students also receive money from me at the beginning of every semester for their up-keep, in school.
In addition to the above, Master Kelechi Afuberoh from Amiyi community and a student of China Foundation Secondary School, Iyiowa Odekpe is also on my scholarship scheme for six (6) years (i.e; from JSS 1 – SSS 3)
More so, I have also assisted the following Ogbaru sons and daughters to secure admissions into the various departments, at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli and Igbariam Campuses in both 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions. They include:
a. Thelma Ifejika from Odekpe;
b. Mmesoma Anene from Akili-Ogidi;
c. Chidera Ijomah from Atani;
d. Chike Ndubuisi from Odekpe;
e. Peter Tochukwu Ndupu from Akili-Ozizor;
f. Ukamaka B. Ogbogu from Atani;
g. Echezona Joseph Ashibogu from Atani;
h. Chizoba Mbanefo from Ogbakuba; and
i. Izunna Emechebe
3. ANNUAL QUIZ COMPETITION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS
My penchant and infectious love for education is seen in my various programmes, aimed at encouraging our children to embrace education and place more value on it, than anything else. I am of the firm view that education is the key to transformation and sustainable development, in every society – Ogbaru inclusive.
Against this backdrop, I have successfully organized a quiz competition for thirty-three (33) public primary schools within Ogbaru II State Constituency. The entire schools were grouped into three (3) groups with centres at Akili-ogidi, Ogbakuba and Odekpe. Three schools emerged from each centre at the end of the first round held at various centres on the 28th day of November, 2016. The schools that emerged from each of the centres are as follows:
(1) AKILI-OGIDI CENTRE –
CPS Umuezearoli Obeagwe, 1st position;
Kings School Ogwu-Ikpele, 2nd position; and
CPS Akili-Ogidi, 3rd position.
(2) OGBAKUBA CENTRE –
Central School Akili-Ozizor, 1st position;
CPS Umunankwo, 2nd position; and
Central School Ochuche Umuodu, 3rd position.
(3) ODEKPE CENTRE –
CPS I IyiowaOdekpe, 1st position;
Urban School Atani, 2nd position; and
CPS III IyiowaOdekpe, 3rd position.
The nine (9) best schools that emerged from the three centres above, went into the second round of the quiz competition and at the end, the following four schools emerged in the order listed below:
(1) Urban Primary School, Atani, 1st position
(2) Central School, OchucheUmuodu, 2nd position
(3) Community Primary School I IyiowaOdekpe 3rd position and
(4) Community Primary School III IyiowaOdekpe came 4th position.
At the end of the final round, the schools/winners emerged in the following order:
1. Urban Primary School, Atani emerged winner and became the best public primary school in the 2016 Annual quiz competition.
2. Central School OchucheUmuodu came 2nd in the competition.
3. Community Primary School III IyiowaOdekpe emerged victorious as the third best school in Ogbaru II State Constituency
4. Community Primary School I Iyiowa Odekpe.
May I cease this opportunity to inform you all that preparation is on-going for the 2nd annual quiz competition for our primary schools and another competition shall be initiated and introduced this year into our programme for the secondary schools in Ogbaru.
Ndi Ogbaru are renowned for our hardwork and productivity in the agricultural sector, and this I have taken into consideration in my plans for a greater Ogbaru. I believe that as the House Chairman on Agriculture, am better placed to see agriculture improved in Ogbaru, thus I have taken certain measures to see this accomplished.
a. PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF FERTILIZERS TO FARMERS
In November 2015, large bags of fertilizer were made available to Odekpe/Okoti/Odorubber and Ogbeukwu Vegetable Women’s Association. This is a group of women who specialize in the cultivation of different species and varieties of vegetable in Ogbaru II Constituency.
b. YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
On December 28th, 2016, I hosted over a hundred selected Ogbaru Youths in my home for the “OGBARU YOUTH WORKSHOP FOR EMPOWERMENT” where a lot of renowned and reputable resource persons in the field of Agriculture, ICT and Entrepreneurship, were invited to enlighten our youths on the trending scopes and opportunities in the aforementioned fields. There was an interactive session where the youths got to think up ways to improve the agricultural techniques and agricultural products processing and storage mechanisms. They were also lectured on how to access government loan schemes in the areas of agriculture and entrepreneurship, which many of them never knew existed. The programme includes subsequent follow up packages and is aimed at giving the Ogbaru youth the right mindset and necessary tools, to empower himself and his community.
c. In my capacity as the Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, I have ensured that certain loan schemes which were hitherto not accessible by Ndi Ogbaru are now open and accessible to our people. To ensure there is no bottleneck in accessing the said loan schemes, I went further to hold myself out as a surety for interested cooperative societies, who wish to access these loans. Since my assumption of office, I have campaigned aggressively like a civil rights, such cooperative societies be formed by people with peculiar interest, for easy access to the said loan but disappointingly, just very few has heeded to this cry of mine and this great opportunity still lie, largely untapped. The fact that people from other areas within the State are enjoying these loan schemes and our people are not, owing to their nonchalant attitude, aches my soul.
d. Below are some other benefits that I have attracted to Ogbaru through the Ministry of Agriculture in my legislative sojourn so far-
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE – PROJECTS (OGBARU)
REHABILITATION OF RICEPROJECT
READY TO COMMENCE
ATASP I PROJECTS – (OGBARU)
1 NO. PRIMARY SCHOOL
READY TO COMMENCE
FADAMA – PROJECTS (OGBARU)
10.2KMUMUZU/OGBAKUBA FARM ROAD
ALL COMMUNITIES(1000 FARMERS)
5 NO. RICE MILLS
1NO. DESTONER (RICE)
1 NO. TRI-CYCLE
1 NO. THRESHER
PRODUCTION ASSETS(THRESHER PUMPINGMACHINES, SAFETYEQUIPMENT, WHEELBARROW, NAPSAKSPRAYER)
I fought tooth and nail, and shall continue to fight to ensure that what is due an Ogbaru man is not denied him or taken by another, as was the case in the past. Thus, I have seized whatever opportunity available to secure employment opportunities for Umu Ogbahu. Those that have benefitted from this my unrelented fight include:
• Ogbuedi Chinaza (Ochuche Umuodu)
• Achike Chukwuma (Atani)
• Obunezie Chukwudi (Umunankwo)
• Ukor Ejike (Imo State, resides in Ogbakuba)
• Uyanne Joan (Atani)
• Nwachi Ifeoma Stella (Okija, resides in Atani)
• Dr Ossai Nneka (Atani)*
• Azaka Ifeyinwa (Atani)*
The beneficiaries marked asterisk (*) above, turned the job down for reasons best known to them, even after their appointment letter has been drafted.
I have actually ploughed in a lot of efforts in making Ogbaru a better place within the powers of my office, with utmost dedication and prudence. Although the report here presented gives a good insight into our activities so far, however, I might have skipped some in the course of this write-up. WI have done all I did because of my strong belief that the trees we plant today will provide shelter for our children, tomorrow. I believe in a better and greater Ogbaru. I believe also in our children, with brighter future and in the spirit of brotherhood that makes us Ndi Ogbahu. I am where I am today because of the support I got from all of you (the peace-loving Ogbaru people).
As you all know, I am the candidate of the PDP and seeking for re-election. I humbly apeal for your continued support and prayer, for together we can make our land a better place.
Hon. Sir Somtochukwu Udeze
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