By Chima Onyekachi
There is a community located in the heartland of the Eastern region of Nigeria; a rural settlement that welcomes strangers to their place of birth without rancor.
A glance at the natural community, there are evidences or a clear show of an existence of electricity.
You may be marvelled at the sight of electricity Poles, Wires, Cables and also Transmitting Transformers.
But in reality, there have never been any form or display of public electricity supply in the community since the independence of Nigeria on the 1st of October, 1960.
Sixty-Two years after the exit of the British colonial masters from the shores of the Eastern Region in Nigeria, this endearing community is yet to catch a glimpse of electricity for an hour.
This may seem like an epic Nollywood movie of a Kingdom whose lost Prince returned Home without any idea or feeling about his Royal status in his Ancestral place of Birth.
It is a reality that there is a place of livelihood in this Modern time located at ISUIKWUATO in Abia State of Nigeria that is suffering such gross abuse of Human Rights to basic infrastructure as enshrined in International Charters and Conventions.
Goal 9 of the United Nations Sustainable Development goal promulgated as thus “Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrilization and foster innovation.”
The Electrification of any given place would enable an energetic and adaptable economic forces that would bring about employment and income.
The growth and development of any given society begin with the stable supply of electricity.
Electrification of a community would establish the industrialization and the improvement of skills and talents relating to Technology, Agriculture, Science, Education, etc.
In ACHA ISUIKWUATO, there are Modern and Sophisticated houses but there is no power supply except via personally owned diesel or petrol powered generating set.
This lack of electricity in ACHA ANCIENT KINGDOM brought about the abandonment of a newly built- Rice Processing Plant located in AGBAMA area of the locality.
It is quite shocking that this Ancient Kingdom has a sitting traditional ruler known as ERUM 2 in charge for over seven (7) years.
The curious questions constantly asked by the indigenes and visitors of ACHA, ISUIKWUATO LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ABIA STATE are as thus:
- How much did ERUM 2 of ACHA ANCIENT KINGDOM receive as allocation from the Abia State Government from January 2019 to December 2021?
- How much is required for the Electrification of ACHA ANCIENT KINGDOM?
- Why is Power Supply not obtainable in ACHA ANCIENT KINGDOM since Nigeria Independence on 1st October, 1960?■