At last, Governor Okorocha’s promise to Orlu populace during his Thanksgiving Mass at Holy Trinity Cathedral immediately after his victory in the 2015 Governorship election that “Orlu Will Wear a New Look” has finally kicked off to the joy, applause, and celebration of the populace in Orlu municipality.
According to a press release by the Area Information Officer, Orlu Local Government Area, Martin.O.Onunaku, the bulldozers, caterpillars and earth-moving equipment for the “Urban Renewal Programme “ in Orlu municipality have arrived the city centre and work swiftly commenced under the watchful monitoring of the ebullient Transition Council Chairman,of Orlu Local Government Area, Chief Obinna Onyeocha and the Commissioner for Rural Development, Chief Jerry Okolie who represented the irrepressible State Governor, DR.Rochas Okorocha.
The event commenced as the flag-off of the major rural link for rehabilitation and construction was launched at the Ohafor Okporo-Umutanze road by the the Commissioner for Rural Development,Chief Jerry Okolie and the ebullient Transition Chairman of Orlu Local Government Area,
The ceremony witnessed a large turn-out of Party Faithful, State, Development Council(SDC) Co-ordinators, Political leaders, Traditional rulers, Community leaders and officials of Orlu Local Government, some of whom used the forum to extol the unique qualities, charisma and development strides of the Governor OwelleRochasAnayoOkorocha.
Speaking at the occasion, the Honourable Commissioner, Chief Jerry Okolie assured the massive crowd gathered to witness the great event of the resolve and promise made by His Excellency to complete all remaining road projects which will commence with the following roads:-
- Umuowa – Owerre-Umudioka – Umuzike – Eziachi roads
- Sabbath Mission – OhaforOkporo – Umutanze – School of Health roads,
- All Saints Okwuabala – Green Uzo Secondary School – Acharaba roads,
- S.C – Amike – Amaokpara – MgbaboAno roads,
- Township Primary School – Alhaji Tijani – Carrot Junction Amaigbo roads.
He stated that the approval of the Government has been received and the funds provided for commencement of work for the above roads and praised the Governor for making good his promises he gave when stakeholders from the L.G.A. visited him over the Christmas period.
Honourable Jerry observed that with work on these roads, Orlu L.G.A. will feel the impact of the on-going massive rural roads rehabilitation in the state and pleaded with the people to safe-guard all equipments for the work. He also asked for continued support of the people to the rescue mission government.
Contributing, the T.C. Chairman, Chief ObinnaOnyeocha, expressed joy that the whole thing is happening at his time and observed that the Governor has shown great love for Orlu people with the approval of the roads and by releasing funds for the immediate commencement of work.
He added that apart from the 5 major roads, some other ancillary ones both in the urban and rural areas are to be included. He therefore enjoined the people of the area to continue to support the government in its efforts to actualize this laudable project of giving Orlu a new look.
The traditional rulers of Ihioma and that of OsIsiokwu Ihioma, HRH, Eze S.N. Okeke and HRH, Eze John. O. Nwosu respectively expressed happiness to be part of the heart-warming events and thanked the Governor for his good-wills. Other Community leaders including the ward Chairman for OhaforOkporo – Umutanze ward welcomed the development and commended the Government for commencing the rehabilitation work in their area.
In another development, the T.C. Chairman of Orlu L.G.A. Chief Obinna Onyeocha has instructed all street traders along Amaigbo road, OWUS Avenue and all adjoining streets including all food stuff traders at old Orie Ugwu to move into the stalls at old Onitsha park shopping Mall and the old Orie Umuna shopping complex immediately as government has concluded all arrangements to pull down all illegal structures and clear up all areas to make way for commencement of the rehabilitation work.
He also directed all the timber dealers, building materials traders and electronics dealers to move into the specific markets designated for them as the taskforce already set up to enforce compliance to the above will commence work latest by next week and all defaulters will have their wares confiscated.
Finally, the T.C. Chairman, Chief Obinna Onyeocha, praised the Governor for fulfilling his cheering promise to move into Orlu and pledged unalloyed support and co-operation of the people of Orlu L.G.A.