·        Seeks partnership with Imolites in Diaspora

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Success Prosper Ohanyawa has called on Imo indigenes in the Diaspora to partner with government in development the State, considering the global economic down turn.

Dr Ohayawa gave the hint at Umuohiochie/Umuakalaukwu Okpalla in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of the State during the official and commissioning ceremony of a hospital built by their son, an American based Technocrat, Prince Emeka Eziakonwa in memory of his Late father, Chief Michael Eziakonwa.

The commissioner said, “I feel happy today because, this is one of my first official outing assignments since our inauguration by the Governor Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma. This is exactly what we expect from our people in the daspora including those at home to partner with the government in actualizing some of her policies. Today our brother Prince Emeka Eziakonwa has shown a good example by letting us know that wealth is not measured by fat bank accounts but how many lives we are able to touch. This Medical Center will serve as a vaccines preservation center for the Council because it has uninterrupted electricity supply through the solar system and will also serve as a care giving center for sick people within the locality. With the health center, the people have no need to come to Owerri for health related matters again. I will take the message to the governor”. Dr Ohayawa stated.

Also Speaking, Eze-elect of Okpalla Autonomous Community, Chief Obinna Eziakonwa described the benevolent attributes of his immediate younger brother to the love he has for the people. 

He explained that the hospital opening ceremony was followed by free Medical treatment to sick persons in Ngor Okpala.

” We are grateful to God for making it a reality. Before now, what we lacked mostly is this Health Care facility but today God has answered our prayers as my brother had also single handedly built a ten class room primary School block for our children to have good learning environment. Emeka is one person that loves his people so dearly. My advise is for our people to make adequate use of the hospital and never attributes any form of sickness to witchcraft attacks. Some of our affluent brothers should also emulate Emeka’s good gesture in order to move our community forward, the Eze-elect stated”. Eze-elect  Eziakonwa explained.

Responding, Prince Emeka Eziakonwa stated that his decision to make health care facility available to his people was as result of uneasy and long suffering of his people to have a befitting hospital over the years.

Expressing happiness over the actualization of his long awaited dreams, Prince Emeka Eziakonwa stated that the hospital will be under the supervision of Ngor Okpala Local Government Area Health Management Sector for a proper administration while also assuring 24 hours uninterrupted power supply.

“This is one facility our people lacked. My people traveled as far as Aba in Abia State or Owerri for health related matters  so with the new Medica Center our people are assured of a quality hospital. We have resident Medical Practitioners with pharmacy. I implore our people to make adequate use of the facility”. Prince Emeka said.

 On the issue of coming home to help in the development of Communities, “I can vouch for our people in the daspora, a good number of them are eager and ready to come home but are sincerely asking for enabling and conducive environment giving the prevalent insecurity and other socio-economic factors. We need government assistance too in the area of creations of enabling environment and security”. He said.

ThoseWHO witnessed the event include, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, Former governor of the State, Hon Nwawuba, Federal House Member For Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Constituency, Federal Constituency, and Ngor Okpala Local Government Area Interim Management Committee Chairman, Hon Mayor Obinna Nwaeke among others.