Okolor inland will never forget June 16, 2020 in a hurry, as the event that indelibly stamped the day on the memories of the people was the glorious Commissioning of the intervention project of restoring electricity supply back to the community after three years and nine months of total blackout.
The Okolor Inland electrification accomplishment came in the midst of the celebration of Rt. Hon. (Rev) Francis Ejiroghene Waive’s remarkable one year in office as the Member Representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.
While the sweet messages of appreciation and praises from his constituents as a result of his quality representation in one year, are still coming, the man of God lighted Okolor inland and the praises keep pouring in.
Prior to this time, it could be recalled that Hon Waive, who is the Deputy Chairman House Committee on Power, has brought smiles to his people by restoring electricity to about 27 communities, a feat has convinced his constituents that their votes were properly invested.
The occasion of the Commissioning practically shutdown Okolor Inland as all regular activities were temporarily suspended. Hon. Francis Waive who was unavoidably absent owing to serious engagements in Abuja was ably represented by an impressive turnout of his aides and members of his political family led his Senior Special Assistant on publicity, Hon. Kingsley Omokaro.
Hon Kingsley Omokaro and the entourage were received at the entrance of Okolor Inland by various groups of dancers, mammoth crowd of men, woman and children, who sang joyfully as they led the Hon Waive’s team to the community town hall, where a larger number of people, consisting of the Ighelles (Youths), Emete (Young ladies), Ewheya (Old women), Otuemo (Children), Council of Chiefs, members of Okolor Inland Christian fellowship, neighboring communities and some indigenes of Okolor Inland in diaspora were waiting patiently.
Comr. Okoro Akpevweoghene Blessing, the Okolor Inland electricity Committee Chairman who spoke on behalf of the leadership of the community appreciated the selfless leadership of Hon Waive.
He thanked Hon Waive for deeming it fit to appoint one of their son, Hon. David Chobore as one of his Special Adviser.
Furthermore, he thanked Hon Waive for bringing to an end a challenge of over three and half years, he recalled that it was in September 2016 that they last had electricity in Okolor Inland and it lasted till June 2020.
He highlighted a few more needs of the community which includes, payment of an outstanding debt of five hundred thousand naira (#500,000) owe to BEDC, tarring of a two kilometer (2km) in the community, street lights on the forty-five electricity poles in the town and the a transformer promised to them by H. E, DSP Ovie Omo-Agege.
He pleaded with the Honourable and the most distinguished Deputy Senate President to use their offices to graciously attend to them. He assured confidently that Okolor inland will continue to fully support and protect the interests of the DSP and Hon. Francis Waive. He thanked Hon. Waive for ensuring that life again returned to Okolor.
Another person who spoke during the occasion was the Business Manager of Udu Business Unit, Mr. Ayodele Okiti who represented the Managing Director of BEDC.
According to him he came on the request of Hon. Francis Waive, he assured the people that with Hon Waive’s commitment to ensuring improved electricity supply, BEDC is ready to serve them better.
Hon. Kingsley Omokaro while responding on behalf of Hon Waive said the Honourable regrets his absence.
He saluted the people of Okolor Inland for their sense of gratitude, he appreciated the workaholic Hon. Tega Moto the Special Assistant on BEDC matters to Hon. Waive. He went on to assure the people that all their prayers will be granted in due time.
The team of Hon. Waive was later led by the President General of the community and his executive to the heart of the community where the transformer is located and prayer was said to formally commission the light.
If it is said over and again that Hon. Francis Waive is doing well for his people, it will still remain under emphasis. Hon Waive is making the difference for his people, no doubts.