- By James Emeahu
As the Member representing the good people of Ngor Okpala in the 9th Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Blyden Amajirionwu (KSM) had marked his first 100 days in Office and has continued to receive Encomiums, Tributes, clap Ovation and Commendations.
These were borne out of his excellent legislative performances and oversight functions since he assumed office on 9th March 2022.
Hon. Blyden Amajirionwu (KSM) as a man who believes in grass root governance had before his emergence as the winner of the 26th February 2022 Bye Election carried out an underground study in Ngor Okpala to actually have a first hand knowledge of what the challenges of the people were. Immediately he was sworn in, he didn’t fail to hit the ground running towards fixing dilapidated Ngor Okpala socioeconomic facilities.
Hon. Blyden understood that the people of Ngor Okpala needed to feel the impact of representation after they have suffered total negligence from the hands of penultimate Legislators. He therefore embarked on the following techniques and projects in a bid to get the area working again.
I) OPEN DOOR POLICY: In a bid to close the ranks of inadequacy in communication between the people and their Representative, Hon. Blyden began an open consultation with stakeholders of various Communities in the area in order to regain their lost confidence and to also rebuild synergy between the government and the people of Ngor Okpala.
II) SECURITY: As the level of insecurity deteriorates across the nation, the Ntu born Legislator never waited for an ugly security breach to arise. Upon assumption of office, he convened an important security stakeholders meeting which was well attended by Traditional Rulers, Community Leaders, the Nigeria Police Command in Ngor Okpala and the Vigilante leadership. In this meeting he charged them to build synergy amongst themselves and be very proactive so as to surmount any security challenge.
When a community crisis that caused damage of properties and valuables arose between the people of Ohekelem in Ngor Okpala and Ogor in Aboh-Mbaise over land dispute, he responded swiftly through the Police Area Command to maintain law and order; and stop further attack or its reprisal. He also assured them that he will engage relevant Government Agencies and also Stakeholders of both communities to proffer lasting solutions to avoid further reoccurrence in the future.
III) RURAL ELECTRICITY RESTORATION: It is an undeniable fact that over three years before his emergence, most communities in the area were without Electricity. Today in Ngor Okpala, business activities are moving with at high pace as Electricity Supply has improved through an undying efforts of Hon. Blyden, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) and some prominent sons across the communities. Another milestone that will be recorded would be the Amala Ancient Kingdom that has not been connected to Electricity grid since their existence as a people. By God’s grace a reasonable efforts has been made and we are hopeful that by the end of July 2022 that Community (Amala) would be connected to Electricity.
IV) ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE:
In a similar development, shortly after Hon. Blyden was sworn in to office, more funds were released to the Contractor handling Nguru-Umuneke-Nkwoala Road. The Parliamentarian has continued to check mate the Contractor to ensure that the funds were properly used for the work, while also lobbying for more road constructions in the area to be approved. It will also be on record that under his watch as the Ngor Okpala House of Assembly Member did the State Governor His Excellency Dist. Sen. Hope Uzodimma signed an MoU with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to construct the Imerienwe-Etche Road.
V) EDUCATION : Because Hon. Blyden understands the importance and benefits of Education, in his magnanimity gave out Fifteen Thousand Naira (₦15,000) each, to Two Hundred Pupils (200) in the area with the mindset of helping them to pay school fees.
As if that was not enough, he facilitated the payment of Salaries and Incentives being owed to Primary and Secondary School Teachers along side Retired Teachers, Pensioners and Heath Workers. This is to energize the Teachers to go back to the classrooms to pass knowledge to our Children and Wards who are the future Leaders.
VI) JOB EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES: Not mentioning those who came to him in their numbers for personal financial support or assistance which he aided them, Five Indigenous people of Ngor Okpala were employed through him in various Government Ministries and Agencies in the State such as Imo State Ministry of Agriculture, Imo State Data Management Centre, Etc.
The above listed were all done within Three Months and Ten days in Office. They are all verifiable and it is not out of place if one should say that Honourable Okenze Blyden Amajirionwu (KSM) has shown good leadership and character, leaving his detractors and critics in awe.