By Anselem Anokwute
The Federal House of Representatives member, for Orlu, Orsu and Oru-East, Chief Jerry Alagbaoso has attracted a federal government intervention project of a 13 room police station at Awo-Omamma by Njaba bridge head to check mate the incessant criminal activities within the area which was described as a black spot in Imo State.
In his speech while laying the foundation ceremony of the proposed new police station, last Monday January 8, 2018, Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso said it will help improve the security, lives and property within and around the area. He thanked the member for Oru-East in Imo State House of Assembly Hon. Nkenna Nzeruo for his synergy. He also expressed confidence that the project would spur Awo-Omamma community in their steadfastness and unalloyed support to the government and their representatives.
Chief Jerry Alagbaoso also stated that the new police station when completed would give police protection to the proposed Trinitas Catholic University being constructed at Awo Omamma in Oru East LGA. He pointed out that three of such projects have been attracted by him and one in each of the three local government areas covering his federal constituency. He said also that such modernized building with 13 offices and two cells would ensure crime reduction within the Awo-Omamma by Njaba bridge which has before now remained a criminally identified black spot.
Chief Alagbaoso further stated that the police station would also beef-up the courage of motorists who ply the Onitsha Owerri major high way. According to him, the road leads to both Northern and Western parts of the country thus making it unavoidable for inter-state commuters.
He thanked Hon. Nzeruo for all his support irrespective of political party differences yet he supported the project if only to ensure that Amo-Omamma people benefited from the dividend or democracy.
Speaking at the occasion of the foundation laying ceremony, Hon. Nkenna Nzeruo thanked Chief Alagbaoso for attracting the project and sitting it in Awo-Omamma community of Oru East LGA. According to him, the new police station would help in the revamping the old Awo-Omamma Bridge market. While thanking the immediate land owners for the donations of their land for the police station Hon. Nzeruo charged them to improve the ownership concept by supporting the project.
The President General of Awo-Omamma Patriotic Union, Chief Nicholas Nkemdieme, lauded Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso for bringing the station to his community. He also described the site as a well known black spot in the area. He said every Awo-Omamma indigene must be happy over the new development, adding that he is very happy to see the former criminal hideout now turned into a police station.
The retired police commissioner, Chief Nkemdieme also stated that with the security in place the abandoned Orie Awo-Omamma bridge market will be revived for the interest of commercial activities while the new Trinitas University would also enjoy adequate security henceforth.
A community leader, Chief Jerry Onuwa from Ubachime Awo-Omamma who is also an industrialist, and maker of “Avil table water”, commended Chief Alagbaoso for such a wonderful gesture and promised that Awo-Omamma people will soon reciprocate by giving him all the support he needs to succeed.