The Agulu community in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State determined to raise the status of their traditional institution has decided to construct a multi-million naira palace for its traditional ruler.
The President-General of Agu People’s Union (APU), Chief Andy Anene Oraekwelu, told The Anambra Times in an interview that the project called Agulu Central Palace when completed will have a podium, playground, the inner Palace or Obi, bush bar, VIP stand, conference hall, recreational centre, amusement section, and an apartment among others.
He said the first phase of the project which is podium will gulp about twenty million naira, stressing that the land has already been cleared with the freewill donation of N5 million from a public spirited individual.
The second phase, he said, will be the fencing of the 400 plots of land which they had already acquired and cleared.
He frowned at some President -Generals who fight their traditional ruler because it negates the development of such community, stressing that in their own case, they are loyal to their royal father.
“It is unfortunate to allow personality clash or unnecessary squabble between the traditional ruler and the PG to affect the development of a community. In our case, we are loyal to our traditional ruler. He is our father. We are his sons,” he said.
Oraekwelu, who was elected on January this year, said he with his executives has been able to achieve a lot within so short a period.
He said the Governor Willie Obiano’s N20 million community project in Agulu, which is an abattoir, has since been completed, adding that they are in the second round of the project. Stressing the importance of the abattoir in the community, he said that increasing number of people are killing cows at home in the community and it was not advisable to do that at home since it was not hygienic and posed a lot of health hazard to the people.
He lauded Governor Obiano for his interest in Agulu, saying that he has just reactivated a cottage industry for the processing of palm oil which is now waiting for the official commissioning.
He said that apart signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Agulu Lake Resort, the governor had to bend over backwards to give the community five percent of the profit after tax when completed and become operational.
He said in addition 70 and 30 percent jobs for junior and senior staff respectively will go to Ajulu people when the Resort takes off.
Oraekwelu said: “In spite of what many think we have, we still need more infrastructure. You know Agulu with 20 villages has big population. So we need more developmental projects to go round the villages”.
Within so a short a period they came in, said Oraekwelu, they have been in a hurry to fulfill their promises by face-lifting the Agulu Town hall with inter-locking, landscaping, repainting the hall, installation of air conditioners in the hall, provided fancy tables, and new doors among others.
He said the money for these was realised after his tour of their branches in Onitsha, Aba, and Port- Harcourt, noting the support they have received so far was unprecedented and pleaded that it should continue.
He pledged the support of Agulu people to Governor Willie Obiano in the November 18 Governorship election as they adjudge him to have performed well.