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Enugwu-Ukwu Town Honours Anambra Deputy Governor

Posted: Jun 5, 2015 at 12:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka /   Awka 

•Continued from Yesterday


Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area is the home of the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke. Recently, the community honoured him and his principal even as Governor Willie Obiano also commissioned some projects in the community.

His words: “I want to use this opportunity to thank you. I have never dreamt or expected that I’d be the deputy governor of Anambra State. You made it possible. I thank you for that singular act. I thank our monarch, the Eze Enugwu-Ukwu na Igwe Umunri, HRM Igwe Sir Ralph Obumneme Ekpeh. He is a good man. I’m very grateful to our dynamic, amiable governor. He is a man who sticks to his words, and you can see his last one year in office was glorious. I thank him for the trust he reposed in me and he will continue to enjoy my absolute loyalty.”

He assured his kinsmen that his party would use lawful means to get back their victory at the just concluded National Assembly election which he claimed was rigged by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The deputy governor’s mother, Lady Dorothy Okeke, in a chat said: “I am particularly glad for this rare honour bestowed on my son today. The good thing is that it is happening in our time. I’m alive. My husband is equally alive. I have never thought or dreamed that my son will be elevated up to this level as the deputy governor of this state. I hope you know I’m the first mother to have deputy governor as son in the entire community. Any other person coming will be second. So, I’m particularly happy and I seriously thank God for that. Once God crowns you a king, nothing can stop it.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Ekpe extolled the governor for writing the community in his good books in the area of infrastructural development. He reminded him that the community gave him one of its bests, as deputy assuring him of Okeke’s absolute loyalty.

His words: “Your Excellency, the second aspect of this ceremony is the communal reception of our son Dr Nkem Okeke who is your deputy in the governance of the state. We gave one of our bests in education, discipline, humility, sincerity, candour and uprightness to you in the person of Dr Nkem Okeke. Dr Nkem’s Christian upbringing and family background have helped to sharpen him for honest and diligent service.

We are proud of him and assure you that he will be of positive, tremendous assistance to you in your dreams and efforts to give this state the character in every facet that will transcend others.”

The monarch enjoined Okeke to “regard Governor Obiano as a senior brother and give him all the support he needs in the fine job he has started in Anambra State. With my in-depth knowledge of you, I assure our purposeful and result-oriented governor, that you will not disappoint him.

“Your Excellency, this amphitheatre was built within record time of 12 months by the communal effort of my people. This solo-effort is a replication of Enugwu-Ukwu developmental zeal that saw my people built the General Hospital in 1962 and donated it to the government of Eastern Nigeria. We have felt bad that the hospital has suffered a lot of decay in the hands of successive administrations since after the war before you came on board. My people are happy and thank you for deciding to upgrade it to a specialist hospital. Again, several representations in writing and visits to the past administration, scorned our request in this regard to link us to the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway. It is the only town from Awka to Onitsha that is not soc linked. Instead more linkages were made for other communities suggesting a determined dislike for this town, to the extent that one of us in a fury told the governor to his face that ‘he is not our God. True, he is not our God. It is now loud in the ear and visible to the eyes that Governor Willie Obiano is doing it.”