Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uche Victor Okafor, has called on the citizenry to remember the less privileged and downtrodden as they partake in the Christmas and New year celebrations.
Okafor said Christmas and New year festivities were not about the well-to-do alone but about those who are in the orphanages, rehabilitation centres and all those who do not have the resources to afford the merriments and splendor of the season.
Delivering his Christmas and New year message to the citizenry during an exclusive interview with our correspondent at the assembly complex Awka, the Speaker noted that the Governor’s wife, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, has a pet project christened CAFE, where she attends to the needs of the destitute and downtrodden across Anambra state.
He stressed the need for people to toe the line of the governor’s wife and extend a hand of fellowship to the poor and the needy this festive season to give them a sense of belonging even as he admonished the citizenry to tread moderately in all their endeavours this Yuletide period.
Okafor therefore encouraged the people to visit destitute homes, motherless babies’ homes as well as those remanded in the nation’s correctional centres, to show them affection and also celebrate the season with them.
The Speaker said, “Thank God we have His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Mmaduabrochukwu Obiano as our governor. He has really done so well to make sure that this Christmas would be a very lovely one.
“He has maintained security. Our roads are also being maintained, so there is a good road network. Electricity is there; so we won’t have anything to bother us about.
“Civil servants receive their salaries. So everything is just there for us to enjoy our Christmas. All we need to do is to enjoy it and enjoy it peacefully.”
The Speaker of the 7th Anambra State House of Assembly further advised that there should be no bonfire on the roads because it affected the fabrics of the roads, stressing that after a while the roads would start developing cracks and by the next rainy season, the roads would be destroyed.
The lawmaker who also represents Ayamelum state constituency noted that road construction was capital intensive, so it is of paramount importance that the citizens showed some level of patriotic behaviours by not burning objects on the roads in the spirit of Christmas and New year celebrations.
He said farmers who might also engage in bush burning, preparatory to the next farming season should equally take cognisance of the fact that it is the harmattan season and bush fire travels a lot.
According to him, drunk-driving should also be curtailed this festive period so that one does not constitute nuisance to other road users while encouraging his colleagues in the 7th assembly to also use the opportunity provided by the Christmas holidays to carry out constituency projects, conduct town hall meetings as well as celebrate Christmas and New Year with their constituents across Anambra state.