The desire to maximize opportunities created by the location of federal University in her area may have driven the Ihiagwa Community in Owerri West local government area,Imo state into embarking on a muti-purpose civic centre complex.
Addressing a cross section of the indigenes and guests at the fund raising ceremony during the Ihiagwa day celebration on December 26,2018 organized by the Ihiagwa Town Management Committee(ITMC),the President, Engr Emeka Udokporo stated on the readiness of the committee to realize the project in fourteen months.
Speaking on the achievement of the ITMC since assumption of office,Engr Udokporo praised the Keep Ihiagwa Spic and Span(KISS) project launched in 2016 that have seen the community attain greater degree of cleanliness, become more secured including construction of a Police station and purchase of security vehicle for operational use, renovation and other interventions at the Ihiagwa Secondary School that have seen students enrolment on the increase and the construction of a modern motor park to ease transportation challenges.
Moreso,the ITMC used this year’s event to recognize some of the sons and daughters for their sterling performance especially the duo, Dr Chidi Nwaneri and Bar,Mrs Georginia Muruako for the national honour bestowed on them by the federal government of Nigeria as Member of the Order of Niger(MON), and the three women football teams that finished tops in a football tournament aside three best students of the Ihiagwa Secondary School that were rewarded for their hardwork .
Responding on the honour done to her,Bar Mrs Muruako eulogised the ITMC for deeming it fit to celebrate them and promised more committment to the development of the town,nation and humanity.
Earlier the Chairman of the Occasion, Dr Chris Asoluka commended the leadership of Engr Udokporo as having shown credibility, authenticity and confidence in management of resources entrusted in their hands making for the continuous support. Also, he commended the Mezie-Ihiagwa in the United States of America and the Ihiagwa Progressives Association, London for their continuous support towards development of the community.
The fund raising done online and offline saw tens of million raised towards the modern civic centre projects as indigenes take various section of the edifice to handle as categorized in platinum,gold,silver,bronze and brass.
Indeed, several indigenes doled out millions of naira towards the project with the duo of Dr Patience Onuoha and Mr Smart Obinna taking the lead respectively.
Also,speaking on the drive for the development of the town,Mr George Onyeagor, a United Kingdom based indigene of Ihiagwa maintained that the development of the town remains non negotiable. He went on calling all sons and daughters of the town to rally round the present Executive led by Engr Udokporo for having shown capacity to deliver and donated a million naira.
Among the dignitaries present were the traditional rulers HRH,Eze Kingsley Ezewunwa Odu, and HRH,Eze Sir Lucky Ajoku, and other notable sons and daughters like Mr George Onyeagor,Prof Emma Opara,Engr Nnanna Okoro and the wife who incidentally is the Imo State Commissioner for Finance,Bar,Mrs Ugochi Nnanna Okoro,Mr Smart Obinna and Others