2021 IWU Election: Igbere at a Cross Road – by Chief Lekwa O. Lekwa

The Upcoming Igbere Welfare Union June 2021 Election: An Opportunity for Development or Suffocate the Future.

Igbere; this is your choice to make: Development or Be Defrauded of Your Future

In spite of the deafening intensity at all-time high, noises concerning Igbere Welfare Union (IWU), and the IWU election fast approaching June 2021, leadership election, from all angles of the world where Igbere persons reside; yet, the deafening noises are copiously void of talks/discussions/ over the real issues facing Igbere today. Giving with the intensifying unusual amount of attentions and unprecedented focus; and attention being paid to Igbere Welfare Union (IWU), and her next election, there is no better time than now for Igbere people:

  • To choose development over community stagnation and social decay.
  • To choose social/community growth over noisome unproductive arguments.
  • To choose community-centered leaders over friends-centered/self-centered leaders.
  • To choose Igbere-centered leaders over ego-centered leaders.
  • To choose Igbere service-centered leaders over ulterior-motive-centered leaders.
  • To choose good Igbere community management over mismanagement.
  • To choose community accountability over corruption and misappropriation of public resources/funds.
  • To choose Igbere social goal-setting over community-purposelessness.
  • To choose community-planner leaders over spontaneous social dabblers (who have no definite plans) on how to move the Igbere community forward to the next developmental growth.
  • To choose community resource-generator leaders over community resource-drainer leaders (they have no strategy or idea how to sponsor the next community projects).
  • To choose Igbere –community leaders with vision over noise-making egoistical-leaders contesting for popularity, who have no intentions to lead or interests in doing works or projects that would add to Igbere community development.
  • To choose a better Igbere community with better roads, modern markets, good-water system/supplies, good schools with modern learning materials and good banking system that will bring ATMS to the community; and efficient and functional infrastructures, versus, a decaying community with dilapidated infrastructures, and poor/unconducive living and educational environments.
  • To choose to demand Igbere IWU leaders to facilitate establishment, development, and maintenance of social/economic/educational infrastructures vs politics of revenge, hate, self-serving leadership; and wasteful unproductive arguments about personalities and nothingness:
  • To choose servant-leaders who are willing to be open – transparent:
  1. Tell Igbere before the election his five year-development vision for Igbere;
  2. Will possess and display integrity;
  3. Will tell Igbere his dependable resource network and influence in affairs of Igbere, in the past, and currently;

 

Elect Next IWU President Based on Igbere 5-Year Development Plans; Not on Sentiment

From the above vantage of making informed choices in choosing the next Igbere community IWU’s next president and his executives;  Igbere people need to elicit, and ascertain, for certainty,  from each aspiring IWU president, a Five Year Development Plan for Igbere community. Igbere must elicit from plans, which aspirants are dabblers (without authentic Igbere development plans); and which candidate would move Igbere community to her next developmental level.

 

Five Year Development Plan for Igbere community

Eliciting and ascertaining a clear and concise Five-Year Igbere Development Plans from each prospective IWU president aspirant, will acquaint Igbere people with the community development plans of the next man Igbere people would trust to lead IWU. It will give the general Igbere community leaders informed vantage from where to inform, educate, and instruct their election delegates on voting in the right person – not based on baseless sentiments, but, based on ascertainable facts and information.

Development Issues Confronting Igbere Community Presently

  1. Fencing the Igbere Secondary School. See Figure No 1, below:

(a) Each candidate aspiring to be the next Igbere IWU president must unambiguously declare to Igbere people how he plans to move this Igbere gigantic school protection project to a successful completion.

(b) Tell Igbere his plan to maintain the integrities of existing school infrastructures from decay and degradations due to uses, time, weather, tears/wears, and aging (regarding every school in Igbere community).

(d) What dependable resource networks/people/individuals does this candidate plans to partner with in seeing this school fencing project come to a timely and successful completions?

  1. Good Roads, Culverts, Water-ways; the challenges facing Igbere today; and, unavoidably community challenges in near future. See Figure No 2, below is an example of decaying culvert & poor and dangerous road condition – The Amaofufe Igbere Culvert, fig 2.

(a) Each aspiring candidate for IWU next president must tell Igbere community in unambiguous terms, his Five-year Plan regarding maintenance of existing Igbere roads, water-ways, and culverts, etc.

(b) Igbere needs to know from each candidate what certain plans he has to keep Igbere roads, culverts, and water-ways efficient and functionally in good conditions.

  1. Erosion – An Environmental Threat Confronting Igbere Community. Figure No 3, page 7, presents real and present danger in our Igbere community landscape.
  • Elicit clear environmental plans that the next IWU president and his executives plan to engage in preventing and combating erosions within Igbere community and her boundaries. Fig 3 is example of presently escalating erosion in Igbere along once a viable road.
  1. Unimpeded good Roads are the Arteries of good community. See Figures 4 & 5.

Figure No 4 and 5, on pages 8 & 9 of this elicitation quest for Five-Years Development Plans from aspiring candidates for the next IWU president are examples of the typical eyesore conditions that currently exist along Igbere roads. Not only these roads impede traffics, but, they create environmental dangers for the road users, while defacing our community roads with undesirable clutters and eyesores that do not belong to any public roads.

  • The aspirants (candidates) for the next IWU must give Igbere their unambiguous plans of how each candidate plans to solve these Igbere community’s roads dangers, clutters, and social menace.
  1. The Ebele/Omezi Eberi Market. See Figures Nos: 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10:

The dilapidated and decaying structures are stalls (the so called lock-up stores) that currently exist on the sprawling and vast land known as the Omezi Ebiri Market/Ebele Onu Ibina Ukwu.  Looking at the extent of the deteriorations and decays that the previous stalls (lock-up stores) that were built on the Omezi Ebiri Market in the past, one does not need a soothsayer (a fortune-teller) to say that this Omezi Ebiri Market has become a socioeconomic failure at best, but, worse, an environmental eyesore, and a REAL SORRY SOCIOECONOMIC OUTCOME OF EXAMPLE OF LEADERS WITHOUT VISIONS. For this market to serve its full socioeconomic development purposes, Igbere community, needs to invest in the market construction and its maintenance:

  1. Prevent deterioration by timely making necessary repairs.
  2. Invest in restoration projects in around and in the market.
  3. When damaged/worn out roofs and disabled parts of the structures are not replaced, structures will become social/community menace and eyesores.
  4. When the outside of the structures are not maintained and painted, the structures depreciate in qualities, and in its socioeconomic utilities.
  • The current aspirants/candidates should tell Igbere:
  1. Enumerate his, 5-year development plan for the Omezi Ebiri/Ebele Market.
  2. The reasons why this market is important to the socioeconomic wellbeing of Igbere Community.
  • Ways that each candidate plans to develop this Omezi Ebiri/Ebele Market – and how he plans to generate resources to build, constructs market stalls, and maintain this market.
Figure 1: Fencing of Igbere Secondary School Community Project
Figure 1: Fencing of Igbere Secondary School Community Project
Figure 2: Bad- Structural Unfit Culvert- Ref: Amaofefe Igbere Road
Figure 2: Bad- Structural Unfit Culvert- Ref: Amaofefe Igbere Road

 

Figure 3: Erosion- An Environmental Threat Confronting Igbere Community
Figure 3: Erosion- An Environmental Threat Confronting Igbere Community

 

Figure 4: Dangerous and Wrongful Use of Igbere Community Roads
Figure 4: Dangerous and Wrongful Use of Igbere Community Roads

 

Figure 5: Dangerous and Wrongful Use of Igbere Community Roads
Figure 5: Dangerous and Wrongful Use of Igbere Community Roads

 

Figure 6: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market
Figure 6: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market

 

Figure 7: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market
Figure 7: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market

 

Figure 8: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market
Figure 8: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market

 

Figure 9: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market
Figure 9: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market

 

Figure 10: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market
Figure 10: Dilapidated Conditions on the Igbere Omezi Ebiri/ Ebele Market

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