The people of Amuzu Clan in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State early in 2020 resolved to reach out to their sons and daughters, friends and well wishers, inviting them to make freewill donations to enable them realise their Rural Electrification Project devoid of government assistance on December 2020.
The invitation for donations became necessary having waited for government assistance in this direction and have remained without electricity for more than 20 years.
Amuzu clan is made up of four autonomous communities namely; Amuzu Autonomous Community, Amuzu Nweafor, Amuzu Nwenkwo and Nri Amaimo Autonomous communities respectively with rich cultural heritage and most of the communities live at the bank of Imo River, next to Ngwa communities in Abia State.
According to Presidents General of these communities; Nze Charles Kanma Onwunali, High Chief Sammy Wellman Onwunali and Kanma Onwumere, Amuzu Clan they said is making progress towards realising her electricity project and determined to hook up to the national grid on December 2020.
The project has reached an advanced stage, just as electricity contractors were seen changing faulty cables, replacing electric pools, crossbars and refurbishing of out dated transformers.
The President General of Amuzu, Nweafor High Chief Sammy Wellman Onwunali, said, “The response from some of our sons and daughters has been very encouraging. At the rate we are moving, it’s becoming crystal clear that our objective of electrifying our community before Christmas this year is achievable.
“We will commence installation of the transformers received hopefully this weekend.”
“To reduce the voltage losses associated with long distance transmission of electricity which gives rise to poor illumination, our plan is to get a transformer installed at Umuebi hall.
“In this circumstance, I wish to appeal to our other colleagues that are sitting on the fence to contribute and support us. A big number of our big names are not yet on the donors list. I also see some names of pedigree appearing where they should not.
“This time around, Amuzu Nweafor Development Union Federated will not allow anyone to outsmart us”, Onwunali stressed in the speech he delivered to his people.
To demonstrate his support for the community electricity project, the traditional ruler of Amuzu Nweafor Autonomous Community and an uncle to the world class movie star Genevieve Nnaji, His Royal Highness Eze Denise O. Nnaji, said, “I am overwhelmed with Joy because of the way in which our people are responding positively to the donations towards our electricity project. I thank my God for you every time I think of you, and every time I pray for you all, that God will bless you and replenish your pockets.
“I am proud that I have people in my community who can see and make things happen. I commend the Eze’s cabinet members, the president General, High Chief Wellman Onwunali, the Electricity Committee Chairman, Chief G.O Ibeawuchi, and his team for their relentless and coordinated idea and efforts to kick-start the project despite some derogatory comments and hate speeches from certain quarters.
“Nothing is more beautiful and romantic than when purpose and provision kiss. I encourage and appeal to those who have not yet been able to contribute to do so as to achieve this loudable objective in a recorded time. Many hands make Light Work”, the excited traditional ruler stated.