By Abba – Eku Onyeka
Barr. (Nze) Okey Nzeukwu was on Saturday elected to lead the Imo Community Association (ICA), Abuja.
The Community’s leadership in the nation’s capital was handed over to Nzeukwu by the immediate past president, Barr. Maxwell Alaeto. It was gathered that the Association’s leadership rotates between Okigwe, Orlu and Owerri zones in the state. As the two contestants from Orlu where the leadership was zoned couldn’t agree, the matter was taken to Igbo paramount ruler in Abuja, HRH Ibe Nwosu where it was agreed that Alaeto should serve for two years while Nzeukwu serves for the remaining two years of the four year tenure.
In his acceptance speech, Nzeukwu said he would come up with innovations in the ICA, by among others, creating Imo: Lawyers’ Forum; Retiree Civil Servants’ Forum; Businessmen’s Forum; Clergies Forum, promising to ensure that Imo town unions in Abuja are directly involved in the ICA, as well as promote transparency.
Promising to work closely with the government in Imo state, he said he would form Imo Diaspora in Government Investment, which he said would encourage investment and create employment in the state.
“We shall float a bill that will handle Imo Diaspora and Government Commission. That is every year, there will be about 30 limited liability companies where the government and individuals will partner and within four years, you will see the positive result,” he said, adding that the committees he will commit shall ensure the execution of his project, even at the expiration of his tenure.
While Igbo paramount ruler in Basa Jiwa, Abuja, HRH Uche Chineke advised him to complete any any good uncompleted projects started by his predecessor and come up with his own agenda, the president of the women’s wing, Chief (Mrs) Rose Onuoha advised him to ensure that the Men’s wing are as united and strong as the Women’s wing.
Earlier in his handover note, his predecessor advised him to among others: take the association serious; shun selflessness; have cordial relationship with Imo liaison office, saying there is no staff of the liaison office whose official duty is to liaise between the liaison office and the community.