By Jon Egie

The member representing the Ughelli North Constituency 11, in the DTHA, Hon Rufus Edoja Akpodiete has donated free ICT facilities and services to secondary school and primary school pupils.
He made the donation on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Ughelli North Constituency 11, office situated at the Johnson Numa Plaza, Iwhreko street, Ughelli; Sunday, Sept 4, 2011 by the Speaker of the DTHA, Rt. Hon Victor Ochei.
Speaking during the occasion, Hon Akpodiete who earlier had a thanksgiving at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic church, Ughelli said the thanksgiving was in lieu of the grace of God for the opportunity granted him to serve as member representing the Ughelli North Constituency 11, in the DTHA.
“It is not because I merited it but because of the special grace of God and now it is the will of God that I represent the people of Ughelli North Constituency 11”
He reiterated his pledge to make himself available to the service of the people and reassured that he will consult his constituents in the course of his service.
Hon Akpodiete also assured his constituents that they are all qualified to benefit from the dividends of democracy stressing that nobody will be balkanized from seeing or gaining access to him.
He promised that before the end of the year some projects will spring up in the constituency and paid kudos to the Speaker of the House, the Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei for extending his hand of protection to him in spite of his fairly neophyte status in the House.
He promised to equip the constituency office with ICT facilities that would provide internet services to secondary school and primary school pupils where they will browse and carry out researches free of charge, before the year runs out.
He also extended his gratitude to Governor Uduaghan for the appointment of a significant number of indigenes of Ughelli North into various government offices.
Speaking shortly after cutting the tape to open the constituency office, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, Speaker of the DTHA said the constituents of Ughelli North Constituency 11 were part and parcel of God’s plan to make Hon Akpodiete their representative and assured that Hon Akpodiete will not fail them.
He explained that presently, the responsibility of their representative has become enormous but that does not imply that he is haughty and hence called for understanding from the constituents.
“If he does not meet your needs in the immediate, just be patient, with time you will benefit.
“You also owe him a lot of prayers, as you remember him in your prayers he will go through it and you will all benefit”
He advised Hon Akpodiete to realize that he is presently the father of the constituency and no longer partisan and as such he should learn not to discriminate, “choose every body as one and the same”
As chairman of a committee in the House, “you work and you will enjoy the protection of Mr. Speaker”
He called on other political appointees in the constituency to join hands in the development of the constituency just as he advised the beneficiaries of the ICT facilities in the constituency office to use them with care so that everyone could benefit from their availability.
Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Barr Obrik Uloho encouraged Hon Akpodite to endeavour to be responsible to his constituents as the public and the media are watching to evaluate his performance.
He advised Hon. Akpodiete to take time to go through all complaints of his constituents contained in suggestion box, sms or e-mails.
The occasion was graced by DPP leaders among who were Chief Tony Ezeagwu, Engr Lance, Prince Ikpama and Chief Henry Olori
The traditional rulers of Ughelli and Agbarho, HRM Oharisi 111 and Omamohwo 11, the Osuvie of Agbarho were present
Chief Austin Uloho and Barr Ovie Omo Agege and other former chieftains of ACN were also conspicuously present just as the NBA, Ughelli branch were no less represented.
A roll call of members of the DTHA also present at the event include: Hon Okpoko, Hon Keston Okoro, Hon Friday Osanebi, Hon Pat Mozia, Hon Daniel Iyinge, Hon Okiemute Essien and Hon Samuel Mariere.


Chief Tony Ezeagwu, Omo Agege and Ochei

Hon Mariere

Victor Ochei