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Duru, Nnabuife, Others Emerge Umuna Clan Caretakers

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Umuna Clan, the umbrella body that harbors two sister communities of Umuna and Uzoubi Umuna had over the weekend, appointed the Interim management committee to oversee the affairs of the clan pending the next election.

This however followed the expiration of the pioneer president, Columbus Nwadike.

The event marking the said appointment which took place at the Urban Secondary School Umuna had in attendance, a good number of Umuna and Uzoubi Umuna.

Stakeholders of Umuna and Uzoubi-Umuna Autonomous Communities, Board of Trustees of Umuna Clan Development Assembly (UCDA), PG and Royalties from the Umuna nation on Sunday, 14th of September gathered at the hall of Community Secondary School, Umuna and constituted their interim leadership of the joint body of the Communities, the UCDA.

The process of this event yesterday brought to an end the long conflicted struggle over the leadership of the Clan body which some had highly misunderstood as taking over roles of the autonomous status of Communities.

Speaking during his brief remarks before the nomination of the officers, the Chairman of the BOT of the Clan, Barr. Hyacinth Mbachu disclosed that the previous leadership of the Clan was on the Convention day dissolved and the BOT under his leadership was handed over to help coordinate the process of a new leadership of the Clan body. He enlightened that a dissolved leadership had no power anywhere in administration to hand over power to anybody of his choice.

“Let it be clear that the UCDA championed the process today that made the election of the leadership of our various Communities possible. Umuna Autonomous Community had elected their PG and Uzoubi-Umuna Autonomous Community had also elected their PG. Both PG are to mind their Communities. The Clan is not against that. But who mans the Clan leadership must be a different body because all have different roles”, he explained.

He further averred that Communities are to manage their various resources for their own developments, but the Clan holds in trust the collective assets of both Communities for the overriding interest of Umuna nation.

He urged all to note that both Communities are not in contest, “but things must be done in agreements”, he added.

The meeting which went on even with the heavy rains produced the following members from our original five villages in the

 *CONSTITUTION DRAFTING COMMITTEE:*

1. BARR. HYACINTH MBACHU (Chairman)

2. DR. PETER UKAIGWE (Alternate Chairman)

3. BARR. OKORIENTA (Asst. Secretary)

4. COMRADE CHINEDU OGUBUIKE

5. MR. NDUBUISI ADIOHA

6. BARR. TOBECHI UGWUEGBU

7. BARR. GERALD ENYINNIA

8. BARR. CHINAKA ENYI

9. BARR. ROBERTS ALUKA (Diaspora)

10. BARR. EMMA OKWARA

11. BARR. JUDE ODUOMA

12. BARR. UGOCHUKWU AMAJIOYI

13. PROF. MIKE OKORO

14. CHIEF ALLEN CHARLES NNADI

15. HON. GREG NWADIKE GOC (Secretary)

Terms of reference given to the committee include, but not limited to *request and collate memoranda from individuals, PGs, groups, villages and communities, and prepare a comprehensive and well structured and stipulated draft constitution for the UCDA, and submit same to the General Assembly in the next proposed mini-convention of the clan in December 2020*

*INTERIM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE*

House resolved that in line with an earlier resolution that the PG of the clan comes from Umuna Autonomous Community, only Umuna can produce the Interim PG, and since this is an interim position, the clause of home and abroad should be removed to pave way for the best hands.

House also resolved that since the PG of Umuna Community comes from Ebenese, Ikuku should be fairly allowed to produce the Clan’s PG. This was agreed by all present, hence only those who bought forms and declared interest to run for PG from Ikuku were nominated for consideration.

They are:

1. PROF. BEDE ALAM DURU

2. MR. ONYEWUENYI NOBERTH (REBOW)

3. MR. CHIGOZIE MGBARUDA (ESERE)

An election was conducted among these names with *PROF. BEDE DURU* emerging the winner.

Further nominations and elections held with the following 7-man Interim Management Committee emerging thus…

1. PROF. BEDE ALAM DURU (UMUNA) – PG

2. CHIEF PETER NNABUIFE  (UZOUBI-UMUNA) – V-PG

3. MR. WISDOM ESHIASO (UMUNA) – SECRETARY

4. DR. CLETUS ONYEANUFORO (UZOUBI-UMUNA) – ALTERNATE SECRETARY

5. MR. BENJAMIN NWOKEJI (UMUNA) – FINANCIAL SECRETARY

6. PASTOR ETHEL MADUAKOR (UZOUBI-UMUNA) – TREASURER

7. MR. ANACLETUS EKWURU (UMUNA) – PRO-2

8. CHIEF FRANCIS BOB-IHEDIOHA (UZOUBI-UMUNA) – PRO-1

The new IMC members were immediately sworn into office and charged to quickly put all fiscal book of the Clan from the days of the impassè till date to balance.

Following submission of the report from the CHIEF DR. FABIAN O. DIKE’S led Investigative panel on the alleged encroachment into the land of the Community Secondary School Umuna, the new EXCO was equally charged to study the report which was equally shared to all and quickly convene a general meeting of the clan for ratification of resolution.

Similarly, the new EXCO was charged to quickly explore all options (including legal action) to ensure that the Umuna land around Ama Egonu (Carrot junction) allegedly sold by Homeland is recovered with immediate effect.

The new EXCO was assured of all legal and administrative backings from Umuna home and abroad to ensure that they succeed in whatever objective mission they undertake.

Almost at the point of dismissal at around 6.45 pm, the Igwe of Umuna, Eze Douglas Okwara with some chiefs from Uzoubi-Umuna and Umuna stormed into the venue of the meeting as they were on their way home from Umudioka.

The elders were briefed on the outcome of the meeting.

The Igwe who in his speech expressed anger that he was not carried along in arriving at the decisions of the new EXCO membership, however, gave his blessings and supports to all decisions taken.

He said he was impressed by the quality of men nominated for the offices and urged everyone to support good gestures whether they favoured him or not.

He also informed the House of the N100,000 he paid to the principal of the Community Secondary School Umuna for NECO EXAM re-accreditation and also reported of the N3m scholarship he attracted from a son of the soil which he claimed that N1m had already been brought and at the hand of Mr. NDUBUISI ADIOHA.

Igwe Okwara urged our people to drop all negative malice against each other and cautioned trouble makers and those milking our land to go search for meaningful jobs as gods of the land would always work against them.

He prayed for the new EXCO members and assured them of protection from the gods and the law.

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Shadow Govt Scores Uzodinma 40%, After 9 Months In Office, Advises Him On Good Governance

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Shadow Government, a pressure group that monitors activities of the Government at all levels as well as its agencies with a view of ensuring that the Government in power does not derail from providing and giving the populace good governance has beamed it light on Uzodinma’s nine months in office and scored him, forty percent.

This is even as the group appealed with him to step up and get focused on those policies that are human-oriented and jettison those that are not.

In a press release signed by the president of the group Dr. Iroegbu Njoku and made available to Lead, they charged Imo State Government to foremost clear all the arrears of the salaries owed to workers, speed up the ongoing Road construction particularly those in Owerri to save motorists and pedestrians nightmares they go through plying Imo Roads.

As contained in the Release, Shadow Government described as a lofty idea, buying Buses to convey Civil Servants to offices to enhance productivity but expressed dissatisfaction on the timing adding that such policy of donating vehicles to workers does not arise while the majority of them are yet to receive their arrears of salaries and pensions which run in months.

In the release, the group further disclosed that the vehicles including the ones given to the Commissioners as well as the civil Servants should have waited until Roads which have turned death traps are put in Better forms and shapes.

Advising the Uzodinma led administration, the Shadow Government charged Imo Government to hasten its an effort in rebuilding the two major Roads in Imo which include the Roads from Owerri to Okigwe as well as the one from Owerri to Orlu.

In the release, they advised Uzodinma use other good companies to do the above-mentioned Roads if the state finds it difficult to employ the services of Julius Berger as earlier promised Imo people pointing out that with such Roads in place, the economy of the state would be boosted hence the Roads are commercial Roads which link Imo to other States.

Uzodinma led administration had a few weeks ago, gave out vehicles to Appointees of the Government as well as civil Servants to be used in conveying them to offices, an act which received varying reactions from various quarters.

While some persons condemned the gesture on the grounds that it would boost productivity in the state, others condemned it on grounds that first things should be done first which include payment of arrears of salaries, pensions, and putting the bad roads in better shape and form.

Senator Samdady Anyanwu in his press release commended the State Government for providing vehicles for workers but insisted that Roads should be put in proper shape.

In a release signed by his media Aide and made available to Lead, Samdady appealed with the state Government to speed up, ongoing Road construction in the state, which according to him has set Imo backward when compared with other states.

On the other side of the coin, the leadership of the PDP in Imo had condemned in its entirety, the idea of giving vehicles to Civil Servants and Appointees while arrears of salaries are yet to be paid.

In a release signed by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Ogubundu Nwadike, and made available to Lead, they described the vehicles given to Appointees as gifts which ought not supposed.

Recall, that Dr. Anthony Iroegbu, the President of Shadow Government was one of the Aspirants that contested for the Governorship seat of IMO State in 2019.

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Call IMC Chair To Order, Ngor Okpala Tells Imo Govt, Accuses Him Of Running LGA As Sole Administrator

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The people of Ngor Okpala have called on the governor of Imo State to call to order, the Interim Management Committee Chairman, Mayor Nweke to order before the Local Government turns into anarchy.

This follows a report of high handedness amongst other vices that the chairman is accused of.

Information from the Local Government revealed that the chairman hardly involves other stakeholders particularly the councilors in the running of the council, an act described as against the directives of the state government.

Speaking to Lead, one of the councilors who spoke on the guise of anonymity posited that the said chairman has since the inception of his office, not held what he termed F8G meeting where issues bothering on the state government’s mandate is discussed.

Some of the persons interviewed alleged that during the Woman August meeting held at the Ngor Okpala/Aboh Mbaise Federal Constituency, the Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000,00) empowerment by the First Lady, Barr. Mrs. Chioma Uzodinma, meant for the less privileged and down-trodden, were manipulated and shared among the wives of the councilors and stooges of the local government chairman Hon. Mayor Nweke.

Our investigation reveals that seven (7) months down the line, the council has not appointed supervisory councilors to oversee the affairs of the departments, with some of the councilors alleging that he appointed over fifty (50) aides without due process, never presented the issue nor discussed it anywhere, as he does not call for meetings. They went on to say that he does not inform them of what he does.  The reason for his attitude is that he has people at the Government House that will always protect him because, according to our source, he was not made the chairman by Ngor Okpala Leaders, and therefore, he does not owe any explanation to any leader in Ngor Okpala.

According to one of them, “The palliatives and fertilizers sent to Ngor Okpala by the State Government were solely handled by him, without recourse to his colleagues the councilors and even party leaders. The truth is that we are not being carried along, and as such, we do not know what he is doing.

The committee members who carved anonymity (because of fear of being maligned) further alleged that the Twenty million Naira (N20M) released to each Local Government Area for renovation and resuscitation of infrastructure at the council headquarters was arbitrarily spent by the chairman without due process, as they were not informed by him.

They were emphatic that their interest was based on probity, accountability, and transparency, lamenting that, Hon. Nweke went behind them and compiled the lists of food vendors and those recruited into the Imo Security, in their wards-they lists, they stressed were made up the name of his cronies, without their knowledge and members of AA, Uche Nwosu, and Rochas Party.

Describing him as the “Lord of the Manor” they maintained that he does not heed to advice neither from their Traditional Rulers nor party leaders from the area and passionately appealed to the Government to investigate his activities.

All efforts made to get Hon Mayor Nweke to react on the allegation proved abortive as his mobile phone number was not available.

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Why I Want To Run For Umuna Clan President – Esere

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One of the illustrious Sons of Umuna Autonomous Community in Orlu Local Government, Mazi Ifeanyi Asikogu, (Esere Umuna) has unveiled reasons behind his interest to run for the office of President General of Umuna Clan.

In a press release signed by Esere himself and made available to Lead, Asikogu, a PDP chieftain in Imo and Orlu, in particular, revealed that with the geographical position of Umuna in Orlu as well as the constant struggle over boundaries between Umuna and other neighboring communities, that it becomes pertinent for a person who understands both the politics in Orlu as well as one with the capacity of reaching out to the people to mount the saddle of the Clan’s presidency.

Esere Umuna, a business mogul who based in Delta while describing self as a Success in every endeavor adduced that he is vying for the said seat to help the leadership of the two autonomous communities that make up Umuna and Uzoubi Umuna in ensuring that the communities remain and sustain those legacies which made them number one and unique in Orlu Local Government.

Esere however pointed out that under his watch, if elected, Umuna clan would heave a sigh of relief adding that progress which to a reasonable extent has eluded the community would not only be seen but would also be felt by Umuna people at home and diaspora.

Asikogu who hails from Umuokwara Ikuku Umuna, however, appealed with the people to avail him of their votes on Saturday 29th being a day set out for the election assuring that vote for him is vote for the progress and unity in Umuna and Uzoubi Umuna.

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