Good Governance Group, comprising Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), has commended the developmental strides of the Chairman of Awgu Local Government area, Mr. Pedro Okwudili Nwankwo and urged him to ensure completion of all ongoing projects before the end of his tenure.
They gave the commendation during the ongoing Good Governance Tour to ascertain the level of development in the 17 council areas of the State.
The group led by the leaders of the unions, including Comrade Fabian Nwigbo of NLC, Samuel Udekwe of NUJ and Onyebuchi Igboke of CSOs after touring the sites of some of the projects executed by the council chairman, said he is one of the best in the State and urged communities to protect the projects to serve its purposes.
They said that the essence of the visit was to awaken the zeal of other council chairmen in the State to better the lots of the people.
They equally noted that the aim was not to witch-hunt anybody but to bring to limelight the activities of the council chairmen.
While commending the council chairman of Awgu for touching the lives of the people through some of the projects despite the challenges confronting the nation, they equally urged him to do more.
Taking the group around, the Council Chairman of Awgu Local government, Mr. Pedro Nwankwo who thanked the group for the initiative, said that it would spur him to embark on more life changing projects.
Some of the projects executed by him include new administrative block under construction, ICT centre in the council headquarters, 1.6 kilometre fencing at NYSC camp, Awgu, Governor Peter Mbah’s lodge at completion level, 1.4 kilometre asphalted Onoli-Obuovia road, and 2 kilometres drainage road at Onooli-Obuovia, remodeling of Olie Awgu Market and six class room blocks with head teacher’s offices in various primary schools in the area.
While three were completed, three are ongoing; 2 kilometers of earthwork done at Uhuokpala and Obinagu Umuagwu road in Imama Amoli Community.
Other projects are: construction of Omala River Bridge, Intervention on Mmamụ Bridge along Mgbidi-Nkwe-Ezerre road, construction of over 12 other culverts, commissioned Awgu rural electrification project that serves communities in Awgu South, Nkwe Customary Court, ongoing construction of Ugbo Health Centre, Provision of Solar refrigerator and Solar lights in all the health centres, renovation of Ogbaku Health Centre, the ongoing reconstruction of Traditional Rulers Chambers in Awgu and other interventions.
The Chairman also has to his credit, the reconstruction of two rooms flat at Awgu Police Division Barracks, purchase of security gadgets, over 20 security motorbikes, 2 Hilux vans and 2 Sienna buses for security purposes.
Workers at the Council area also testified to the group of having a good working relationship with the Council Chairman, including prompt payment of their allowances and salaries.