Report By Emperor Iwuala
The people of Umulu Ife in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government of Imo State have called on their representatives to help them realize an electricity project which the village has been undertaking for nearly thirty years now.
This was contained in recent letters the village wrote to the Senator representing Owerri Zone Senator Chris Anyanwu, Member Representing Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Federal Constituency in the country’s House of Representatives Hon. Ralph Igbokwe and member Representing Ezinihitte Mbaise in the Imo State House of Assembly Dr Obioma Ekennia.
Part of the letter reads thus:
‘… We have an electricity project for our village which we have been unable to realize for 30 years now due to financial incapacity. We have executed the project to an extent but need your support to enable us realize it. Our people will ever remain grateful if you help us realize this dream that has looked like a mirage to us…’.
Speaking passionately to some media men in Mbaise recently, the Chairman of the village, Deacon Goddy Obasi narrated how the village had tried in the past to have electricity.
‘We started our electricity project in the early eighties but up to this moment, we are yet to have light. All the villages surrounding us have electricity but we do not have. We wrote to Ex-Governor Ikedi Ohakim and nothing was done. We also wrote to Rochas and also there was no response till date. That is why we have approached our representatives at all levels to see if we may be lucky to get help. We have some electricity poles in some areas but need more that can go round…’. We also need a transformer and other electrification accessories like wires, aluminium conductors, stay rods etc to hook ourselves to the Power Holding Electricity.
Deacon Obasi also said that recently, the village consulted a firm that surveyed the area and came up with an estimate of (3) three million naira as the total cost for the project and begged the government to come to their aid.