By Nna Anulumadu

The Onitsha Catholic Archdiocesan committee chairman for lands and building Very Rev. Fr. Theophilus Odukwe has made case for comprehensive development of Okpoko Community as the industrial hub or power house of Anambra state. In an interview with the press over the weekend, Fr. Odukwe who is the incumbent Parish Priest of St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church Okpoko regretted that Okpoko layout which was created after the unfortunate Biafra- Nigeria civil war has remained undeveloped and a big slum
The Catholic clergy noted that the Okpoko Community created before Omaba, housing Fegge, Awada and other layouts in the state has remained a ghetto unlike those mapped out before it. He however assured that the recent Archbishop Val Okeke’s visit to the community would have both spiritual and physical effects to the community , pointing out that the blueprint for the development of the area would be presented to the government. He specifically called on the government to rehabilitate the dilapidated roads in the community to enhance socio-economic and political development.
The catholic clergy wondered why the slummy nature of Okpoko has persisted when its counterparts in Lagos such as Ajegunle, Maroko, lekky peninsular and others have wriggled out of under development. He called on the lgbos and their leaders to re-invent the ingenuity and talent for which they are known, pointing that the lbos have the greater percentage of medical doctors and engineers in africa in the post colonial era.
This intelligence of the lbo man in those good old years according to the catholic priest made an lbo, the late chief Jerome Udoji from Ozubulu in Anambra state , the then minister of finance for three African countries, namely; Rhodesia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. According to him, he used his lbo man’s natural and intuitive knowledge in transforming those countries economically. Fr. Odukwe therefore charged the lbos to come back to their productivity inclination and development orientated.

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