Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Maritime expert and business tycoon Chief Emmanuel Nweke has outlined some of the very remote reasons why he is currently seeking to represent the people of Awka-North and South at the national assembly, if elected in 2019.
Nweke who apparently expressed his discontentment over the level of infrastructural decay in Awka-North and South local government areas, said if given the mandate in 2019, he would effect the change urgently needed in both local governments which he noted would only be possible through persistent clamour at the green chambers to attract the attention of the federal government to his constituency.
The maritime expert who gave an insight into his work plan and mission to the Federal House of Representatives while speaking with our correspondent at his country home Awka on Wednesday, said his constituency was in dire need of federal government presence, stressing that interior roads in Awka were unpassable and some other social amenities were non-existent.
The business mogul who is the APC candidate for Awka-North and South federal constituency in the 2019 general elections, said that Awka-North lacked basic amenities such as roads, hospitals and some other infrastructure necessary to make life worth living in the area.
Although he explained that the essence of creating local governments was essentially to bring governance closer to the grassroots, he expressed deep concern that the local government system was being neglected such that governance seemed to elude people in the rural areas. He noted that it was time people spoke about the plight of rural dwellers at the legislature.
According to him, pipe borne water has become extinct in both local governments as people prefer drilling water boreholes without recourse to water borne diseases that may arise from drilling boreholes in areas where corpses were buried, pointing out that some of these were pertinent issues that should be brought before the state and federal government respectively to curtail the culture of water boreholes as well as revive the pipe borne water supply system.
The Federal House of Representatives hopeful also pointed out that pipe borne water supply system had gone into oblivion due to the collapse of the state water corporation. He said if elected, he would facilitate the resuscitation of the state water works in his constituency to enable the people to access pipe borne water again in the area.
Nweke however prevailed on Governor Willie Obiano to identify the felt-needs of the people as well as do more to meet those needs while stressing the need for representatives to endeavour to furnish the state government with useful information about the needs of the constituency to enable the governor to prioritize his policies and programmes in accordance with the needs of the people.