By AFAM Echi
Rural development in the state got a boost when the governor Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha commissioned a Solar power project at Ezeagbogu Mbaise Tuesday.
The project initiated by a group called Development dynamics in conjunction with support from the Japanese Embassy provided 100 street lights in the village adjudged as backward in development.
The commissioning which was done jointly in the company of the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria His Excellency Yutaka Kikuta attracted other government officials who witnessed the event. He expressed gratitude to the people who attracted the project and prayed God to reward them
In his words, ‘this is a positive development in our state. Fact of life is that development does not come from the sky but always influenced and facilitated so that when you have a privileged position even through friendship you should take advantage of it to the benefit of humanity. He called on Imolites to borrow a leaf from the group.
The governor used the occasion to remind the Japanese Ambassador that Ezeagbogu is a border community at the bank of Imo River and borders Abia State. He regretted that the community has no single tarred road but promised that the government is going to activate its development processes to complement what the Japanese government has done.
The Japanese Ambassador, Kikuta noted that the program was initiated following series of reports of thefts arising from darkness of the environment. Said he, ‘from today, your community will have Japanese solar powered street lightings, which automatically turn-on at night and turn-off at day break. ‘
Continuing, he stated, ‘I can assure you that this solar powered street light, manufactured in Japan lasts for 30 straight hours after an eight-hour charge. It will change this community significantly by enhancing the security and safety at night and contributing to sustainable development.’
The Founder and Program Director of the project Dr Jude Ohanele, said that the completion of the solar power will now make the village a safer place with potentials for business activities. This no doubt is in line with the Rebuild program of the government.
In his words, ‘this project was funded by the embassy of Japan and implemented by Development Dynamics. This is very significant because the project was executed in the South East Nigera, an area that is seriously marginalized in terms of both federal and international development support. ‘’
The House of Representative member for Ahiazu/Ezinihitte, Hon Chinedu Martins Emeka assured that he will support to attract more development in the area while Hon Anyadike Nwosu the House of Assembly member for the area also assured that the area will not be forgotten reminding that some of the campaign promises are already coming to fruition.
The project in a release by Japanese government was indicated to have cost $86,241.
The highlight of the event was the conferment of a chieftaincy title on the Japanese Ambassadoe who was bestowed with the title of ‘Enyiukwu’ of Mbaise by the traditional rulers in the community.
Those who graced the occasion include Jones Onyereri, political adviser, Chuka Odom, former minister Federal Capital Territory, P . G .U technical adviser to the government, Mrs. Iroeme, Chairperson Interim Management Committee among others