A Commissioner of Abia state Oil Producing Areas Development Commission( Asopadec) Chief Hope Uwaga has launched former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for corroborating with Abia state government and the World Bank to tackle Erosion menace threatening to swallow some communities in Abia state.
The Abia commissioner made the commendation Saturday in Umuahia during Isingwu Annual Ekpe festival celebration while commending Dr Ngozi Iweala for the numerous contributions to the development of the country.
Uwaga pointed out that the former minister of finance under Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has done a lot of things for the community. He said her has assisted in building bridges and tarring of road which connects other neighbouring communities that were not motor able in the communities.
The commissioner further stated that there was life and property threatening gully erosion which swallowed a storey building of his uncle at Umuda Ohuhu and was about eaten up another two storey building before their illustrious wife came to their rescue through the World Bank and Abia state government paying 50% counterpart fund to see to its realisation.
Chief Uwaga noted that Umuda Isingwu Ohuhu people are happy with Abia state government and their wife for tackling the gully erosion problem and other government presence in the community under Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. He described it as unprecedented in the history of the enlightened community that produced the likes of late Premier of Eastern Region, Dr M. I. Okpara ,former NDDC chairman, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu.
“If not for the intervention of our wife, Dr Ngozi who in concert with Abia state government, the big erosion at the back of our house would have swallowed my uncle’s house,” ther commissioner said.
Chief Uwaga described the “Ekpe festival” as age long annual cultural festival that brings together their people during Christmas and new year, adding that as they celebrate, they think of community development