Ikwuano: An Emerging Or Lost Paradise? (Part 4)

By Ikenga Chronicles April 12, 2018

Ikwuano: An Emerging Or Lost Paradise? (Part 4)

— Chukwuemeka Osoagbaka,

“It is time to convene an Ikwuano Summit that will help draft a blueprint that will enumerate concrete steps to be taken towards achieving the Ikwuano dream.”

The educational standard has taken a nosedive, yet our elites seem not to notice. Oboro secondary school and Ikwuano secondary school, Ariam, are all shadows of themselves. One therefore wonders if these institutions do not have outstanding people who passed through them.

With the steady decline of the educational standard, what future do we hope to leave behind? The rate of infrastructural decay within our communities is second to none. Its easy to lay blames but have we as a people planned our future and failed? In my opinion, we are where we are today because we have failed to collectively plan our course and hold our politicians responsible and accountable.

Politically, we have continued to constantly diminish the “Ikwuano first” notion. The lack of an articulated socio/economic vision majorly creates an environment of personal interests within the political class, thereby relegating the essence of public service to the back bench. Political offices are now seen as a means of personal empowerment rather than a call to serve. Our political history is full of betrayals among ourselves to the detriment of our communities. Our politicians prefer to always pioneer non indigenes to the detriment of their own even when ours is better qualified. One wonders why this level of insincerity among our political class has continued to dig in, rather than being washed off.

It is time we find common grounds to bring both the political class, business class, youth leaders and our traditional rulers, together to fashion out a way forward and develop a blueprint to work with. This may sound idealistic but it is achievable.

Our public office holders should as a matter of urgency call for and arrange an Ikwuano Summit to enable us re-plan our priorities as a people. We must not continue to play into the hands of surrounding communities who merely see us as “part of the crowd not fit for the crown”.

Politically we must strive to stop being the shopping ground for invaders. We must learn to articulate our position as a people and ensure we deliver a pass mark that reflect our collective objective as a people, during elections. This is the only way we can be taken and treated as a serious people among other communities.

To be continued

  • This is the first in a series that traces the background of Ikwuano LGA in Abia State, the attainments of its people, the economic opportunities in the LGA, its needs, etc, and proffers seminal solutions to the myriad needs of Ikwuano.
  • Chukwuemeka Osoagbaka is a renowned son of Ikwuano, and former member representing Ikwuano state constituency at the Abia State House of Assembly.