Ekpo Okemini, Umuahia
Former member of Abia State House of Assembly representing Ohafia South state constituency, Hon Mba Ukaha has ended the 50-year old portable water scarcity facing Agaga Ohafia in Ohafia Local Government Area of the state.
Ukaha achieved the feat through the sinking of a 110 meters deep-water borehole, which is powered by a N2m, 3HP capacity sumo pump put on top of a high hill overlooking the community.
Speaking to our correspondent to after the completion of the project, Ukaha said he embarked on it to give back to the community, adding that he had over the years been thinking of how to confront the age-old challenge.
He said the job would be incomplete until the water is reticulated to the community, whose first pipe-borne water project, which had been neglected by successive governments in the state, was constructed as far back as 1964.
The former chairman of the House Committee on Special Duties and Electoral Matters called on individuals, business organizations, and governments at all levels in the country to partner the community to complete the project.
“Considering the present economic challenges in the country, to reticulate water to every nook and cranny of the community will involve a lot of money. To sink a borehole in Asaga for now is a gigantic project,” he argued.
Reacting to the development, the traditional ruler of Asaga Ukwu Autonomous Community, HRH Eze (Dr) Sunny Ukweni on behalf of himself and the community commended the former lawmaker for the gesture.
The medical practitioner turned monarch appealed to the Asaga Development Union (ADU) to liaise with the Asaga Trust Fund (ATF) to determine the cost implication of reticulating the water across the community.
In his reaction, Deacon Kalu Okpo Kalu, chairman and chief executive officer of one the new generation banks in Lagos described Ukaha’s efforts as laudable, expressing the hope that the project would be completed soon.
He said, “ Very soon and if and when it starts as I hope it would, you would have succeeded in repeating what your great-uncle of blessed memory, the late Prof Kalu Ezera, did for the community during his political career.”
Other notable persons from the community, who commended the two-time member of the House on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were Eld (Engr) Kalu Ibe Eziyi, Sir Linus Iro and Mr. Eke Okpan Eke.