–      promises incentives, agricultural inputs to farmers

By Onyinyechi Kanu

The pace-setting lawmaker representing Ihitte/Uboma in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Onyemaechi Njoku (Crown) has donated large quantities of food items and other relief materials to his constituents at Ihitte/Uboma LGA.

The gift items which are meant to cushion the adverse and precarious effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were distributed to the beneficiaries through their leaders at Umuderim hometown of the lawmaker on Saturday, April 11, 2020. 

The food items include 100 bags of rice, 300 tubers of yam, 300 cartons of Noodles, 60 cartons of tin tomatoes, 20 bags of beans and a free ambulance service to enable the constituents get quick medical care at the Imo State isolation centre in Owerri, once the need arises.

Speaking while donating the items, Hon. Michael Onyemaechi Njoku fondly called Crown by friends and well wishers, said, that Covid-19 is a debilitating disease and epidemic currently ravaging and threatening the continued existence of humanity all over the world. He explained that not only is the Coronavirus pandemic causing massive deaths, it results to business lockdown and stay at home strategy to contain or prevent the virus from spreading wide hence the need for everyone to take preventive measures.

Speaking further, the House Committee Chairman on Youth and Sports complained against truancy and warned that due to the compulsory stay at home strategies, no one is expected to go out for business or work outside the homes hence the biting incidences of hunger, poverty and starvation. 

He added that his efforts in this direction are to compliment whatever efforts made by both the state and federal government and advised the people on the need to comply with the stay at home order and other directives such as regular hand washing, wearing of mouth masks and to avoid body contacts or congestion in order not to be infected. He then thanked his people for their cherished support and loyalty and for electing him into the State House of Assembly.

Hon Crown Njoku reiterated his promise to do everything humanly possible to offer them effective representation by making sure they get a fair deal and their own share of the National cake.

Receiving the items on behalf of the people, the Presidents General of the 22 autonomous communities in Ihitte/Uboma LGA promised to ensure that the food stuffs get to the target beneficiaries. 

An apex leader in the area, Chief Kelechi Iwueke in his response applauded the lawmaker for his magnanimity.He said that Hon. Crown Njoku has shown Ihitte/Uboma people love and that he represents the peoples interest irrespective of their party affiliation. He commended the lawmaker for his contributions on the floor of the House where he pointed out that he has initiated, sponsored, co-sponsored and moved many motions within barely a year in the House irrespective of the fact he is not a ranking member.

Barr Uche Konkwo, former T.C Chairman and sole administrator of Ihitte/Uboma LGA praised Hon Njoku’s efforts during this period of lockdown where people are asked to confine themselves at home. He observed that there are people who even while moving about hardly eke out a living or could feed themselves, how much more now that their movements have been curtailed. He contended that the gift items will serve as ready relief and consolation for such people. He observed also that the compassionate gesture of donating relief materials have become very inevitable bearing in mind the harsh conditions we have found ourselves with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Resent at the occasion include prominent leaders of the council such as Engr (Hon) Bon Kafor, the immediate past Executive Chairman, Dr Harold Wilson Onumo, Managing Director of Harold Pharmaceutical Stores and Satellite Foundation Clinics Owerri, Hon. Chibuike Olemgbe, the newly sworn-in T.C Chairman and members of his committee, Ihitte/Uboma Denary of Catholic Youth Organization (CYOW) Rev. Fr. Chidi Obi, who offered a brief prayer to bless the items and the cheerful giver.