Amiri Ekele Na'ha Jesus!
I want to welcome all who went home to Amiri this past Christmas Holiday, and wish everyone well in the New Year 2012. Happy New Year to you all.
As your Public Relations Officer - PRO of AIDU, I brought with me a handful of
First of all the bad news: the fencing recently erected, less than five years ago, at Amiri Maternity Home went bad so soon. The job was so poorly done that the cement blocks got eaten up, and washed away by rain drops, and some part of the fence fell. Vitalis Ogbeama, and I visited the Amiri Maternity Home, and we heard from the Nurse in charge of the maternity Mrs. Eucheria Ugoezebighi Amara Ukwuamaraenyi, from Awo-Idemili requesting more sincere work to be contributed to the maternity facility by well wishers.
The mud wall of the age-old maternity building has cracked open, and continuously deteriorating. Even though the maternity beds are structurally ok and are still being used by mothers, some changes are needed. In consonant with the difficult situation with the beds are the mattresses which have completely collapsed, and in very ugly situation. Both the beds and the mattress need to be replaced with newer
brands. There are four beds and four mattresses in all, just as it has been since the origin of the maternity. An expansion of the maternity as a whole is urgently needed. The property line of the maternity is huge for expansion.
However, the part of good news about the maternity came from the humanitarian presence of the Nwaneri family members like Mrs. Chinyere Nwaneri, who was able to completely re-roof the staff quarters at the Amiri Maternity Home. In addition, there are two water-system toilets and two showers errected by Mrs. Chinyere Nwaneri as well.
Before Chinyere's philanthropy in action, two toilets were earlier built by Ezinne Women Association of Old Orlu Province, Washington DC. throughm Mrs. Victoria Nwaneri Igbozuruike. These structures are evident.
This entire essay has been passed over to AIDU president for
vetting, and I have just learnt that the good works at the Amiri Maternity (Orie Amiri) was "a joint effort of the members of Ezinne Women Association of Old Orlu Province, Washington D. C. which includes Mrs. Chinyere Uzoukwu, wife of AIDU President Dike Uzoukwu". My many thanks to this group of noble Amiri mothers. Similar thanks go to their husbands for cooperating with the good efforts.
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More good news came from the Amiri General Hospital. The AIDU Vice President, Mr. Vitalis Ogbeama and my humble self Nze Cosmas Nwerem visited the Amiri General Hospital at Umuduru, Amiri.
We were pleased with what we saw. There are few things there to be proud of. We learnt the current Doctor is very motivated unlike the previous doctor. The buildings there are in good shape. We met no one there because of the strike following the oil subsidy removal. We learnt that the staff members are still
reporting to duty daily. The photos associated with AIDU water borehole
at the Hospital are displayed among the attachments for your pleasure. The displayed images are self explanatory. Please, forward your questions appropriately if you need clearer description of the photos, and please, refer to the number of the image as attached. My personal assessment of Amiri in general is that, we should be proud of what we have, and seek ways and means of improving and expanding on them.
The Amiri Water scheme at Orie Amiri is really functional now. Water is often pumped for use whenever there is availability of fuel. The person in the name of Elias Biere, (in charge on voluntary basis), is doing a marvelous job. People in the community are testifying on Mr. Bierre's selfless duties to the community. We hope that the Government can consider putting him on payroll.
The importance of the water supply at Orie Amiri extends to enhancing the easy operation of the Road Works along the Nchoko - Amiri to Atta road construction which is going on well. The road works management needs lots of water, and is getting water supply from the Amiir Water scheme thereby easing and speeding up the road works process. They save time and energy getting water from the water supply at Amiri rather than fetching water from nearby streams and rivers which are several miles away from Amiri or Atta. This mutual agreement to "provide fuel and get water" was single handedly arranged by Elias Biere. He needs a part on the back. Some more home news will follow later. However, it is being said that the State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has chosen some more roads to be tarred between Amiri and her neighbors. One can call home to verify!
I had the privilege of visiting our Eze, Chief Donatus D. Nnabue, the "Igwe" 111 of Amiri. You can see him in one of the attached photos where he's posing along with other Imo State Ezes at a thanksgiving party in honor of the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Tony Onwuka at Egbu-oma, Oguta
I also visited Chief Ugochukwu Uzoukwu, the Eze of Mbubu Autonomous community as seen in the attachment posing with his Staff of Office. I had lengthy discussion with the two Ezes during which my focus was on mutual cooperation and lasting brotherhood among all the autonomous communities in Amiri. The two Ezes I saw were freely expressing happiness and joy to work in the interest of Amiri. So far strong bond exists between these two "Ezes".
I could not succeed in my setup appointment with Chief Aloysius Offor for a visit to Eze Obilom of Umuduru Igwemadu. My next visit to Amiri will enable me visit with the rest of the Amiri autonomous community leaders.
The Security situation in Amiri is very satisfying because the villages of Mbubu, Ugbeke, and Ubahazu have formidable security network that works. People could go to sleep without being distracted by late night terror gun-fire. However, caution is instituted on travelling at night to avoid any embarrassment from the team of vigilante groups from these mentioned villages. Peace and freedom is pervading the atmosphere.
The love of sports in Amiri is important to be mentioned here because all through the Christmas to the New Year, the soccer teams were seen playing morning and evening at the Amiri Central School. The streets were constantly busy with people and cars. Life is returning to normal.
Visiting home helps remove negative impression about our people. There is more douting Thomases among us here than there are at home in Amiri. Amir in the diaspora need to galvanize more. I was opportuned to attend several traditional weddings, and chieftaincy ceremonies. It was all a pleasant experience. You like it or leave it, life goes on for those who love life. I am very pleased with Nigeria at large, and Imo State in particular.
Thank you all. God bless you and God bless Amiri.
Nze Cosmas Nwerem
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