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As part of his familiarization tour to assess facilities in all the 16 communities of Ogbaru, the Council Chairman of Ogbaru local government, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu yesterday, visited Ogwuikpele community and was received on arrival by elders of the eight (8) villages in the community including the youths.

Smattering from a 1hr 30 minutes drive on the River Niger amidst turbulent tide, the Council boss lamented the tortious journey by speedboat and said that it was unbelievable that he could almost go through Delta state (Okpai) and Rivers state (Asse) in his bid to access Ogwuikpele, a community in Ogbaru, Anambra state. He bemoaned the suffering and hardship visited upon the people of Ogwuikpele, Obeagwe and Akiliogidi as a result of lack of access road to their area as they could only access their area through the River Niger and said that fixing Ossomala-Akiliogidi-Obeagwe-Ogwuikpele road is as important to the people of Ogbaru as Suez Canal is to Egypt.

Shocked at the distance the community is from civilization, Hon. Awogu wondered if it "would not have been better had Ogbaru Council Headquarters been at Ogwu instead of Atani? Perhaps development would have been faster," Awogu said. He admonished the people of the community to embrace peace and love one another, saying that the infighting that has led to the failure of the two attempts at conducting the Town Union election exposed the bitter disunity in the community but was quick to assure that the local government will monitor the conduct of a free, fair and credible Town Union election that will produce a President General that will be acceptable to all Ogwuikpele people.

At the Primary Health Care Centre located in the area, the Council boss was shocked to learn from Mrs. Onuegbu Nkechi, the Officer Incharge (OIC) of the facility that some persons in the community conspired and diverted medical supplies meant for the health centre and instead took the supplies which include mattresses, sterilizer among others to a place called "Whitehouse." The same group at the said "Whitehouse" was said to have also diverted and sold the tricycle given to the Primary Health Care Centre in the community by Gov. Willie Obiano through MDGS. The group was also said to be responsible for the embarrassment suffered by Her Excellency, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano when her CAFE representatives came to commission the water project she built for the community last December only to discover that the power generating set bought by Her Excellency which was to be used to pump water for the commissioning was stolen on the eve of the ceremony.

Angered by the development which the group responsible has been well identified, the Council boss directed the Councilor representing the area to recover and return the medical supplies to the healthcare centre within one week. He wondered why a disadvantaged people could divert even the little that was brought to their own community. It was also discovered that Ogwuikpele like Ogwuaniocha, Akiliogidi and Obeagwe are listed as "Hard to Reach Areas" and as such do not have direct medical supplies from either the state or donor agencies which implies that they only get drugs and other supplies from left overs from other communities. Hon. Awogu has also directed the HoD Health, Ogbaru local government, Mrs. Anthonia Nwachukwu, who was part of the tour to address the anormally within the shortest possible time so that these communities could get their supplies directly. The only local helper that assists the only Nurse serving at the healthcare centre in the community, Mrs.  Nwannee Felicia was instantly given appointment by the Council Chairman as Liaison Officer for Health.

The Council boss was applauded by the people of Ogwuikpele for being the only Ogbaru LGA Chairman that came to Ogwuikpele within two weeks of his appointment and also for touring communities in Ogbaru as part of his effort to see things for himself. Four (4) fully loaded speedboats accompanied Hon. Awogu on the Ogwuikpele tour and have since safely returned.

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