By Phil Okose, Onitsha
Urumkpu Umuoji community in the Idemili North local government area, Anambra state, has dedicated its Civic Centre and also floated a
N20million Education Endowment fund for her indigent children.
Dedicating the centre, the transition committee chairman of Idemili North local government area, Ralph Asha, commended the self-help effort of the people of the community and urged others to emulate their good spirit in the development of their community.
Asha, who was represented by his Onitsha South counterpart, Emeka Asoanya, expressed satisfaction that the community achieved this feat without waiting for the government, adding that government, because of its financial constraints, may not usually be able to touch all projects.
He paid glowing tribute to those founding fathers of the civic centre stating that it was on their foot step that the present executive, led by Mr. Dom Ekpunobi, was able to erect the edifice being celebrated.
Earlier in his address, the chairman of Urumkpu Patriotic Union, Mr. Dom Ekpunobi, hinted that, if not for the coronavirus pandemic and EndSARS protests, the civic center would have been inaugurated by Easter Monday, last year.
He commended their founding fathers who he said took the bull by the horns in building the first Urumkpu hall that was almost collapsing before it was demolished and rebuilt as an ultra-modern storey building.
According to Ekpunobi, “the event comes in three folds; firstly, as we are formally commissioning the edifice for use by the public, we are availing ourselves the opportunity to reward and recognise some of ours who have made marks in different ways and at different times, in service not only to Urumkpu and Umuoji but humanity as a whole.”
“This is our own little way to say ‘thank you’ to them and, also, encourage them and others to do more. Lastly, we are launching the Urumkpu Education Fund, a programme aimed at assisting indigent children in our village to obtain western education at higher levels. The programme will help the village in her quest for human/capital development through sustainable educational programmes,” he hinted.
Ekpunobi commended all who contributed in both kind and cash towards the successful building of the civic centre, especially Arc Tony Nwobi, who did the architectural design and construction, the regent of Umuoji, Chief Chris Nnedu, president general, Chief Sly N. Onyima, Chief Stephen O. Asoanya, Chief Nwankwo Ezeh and chairman at the inauguration, Mr. Inno Eloka Ofoka.
The commissioning/planning committee chairman, Chief Charles Okonkwo, traced the history of the civic centre to 1945 when few members came together, holding meetings that were rotated from one house to another, the membership later metamorphosing into a modern Uka Oye meeting in 1955 with late Chief Emmanuel Okosa Ugonna as chairman.
“It is this pervading sense of brotherhood which was termed Mkpu-Ogaliga spirit, that informed the philanthropic gestures of some Urumkpu sons to contribute to build the first Urumkpu hall which was commissioned in 1957 by late S.G. Ikoku,” he further revealed.