An Abia State lawmaker has inaugurated a project in his constituency after he was ‘disgraced’ by a rain fall two years back during his campaign at the school.
Hon. Sam Onuigbo, member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency at the House of Representatives, built a four-classroom block for a 72-year-old Ekebedi Community School, Ala-ala Oboro, Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia.
According to him, he was provoked within his spirit to embark on the project after seeing how rain chased him and his supporters inside the classrooms in 2019.
Onuigbo said they were mercilessly drenched by the rain inside the school even more than when they stood outside.
“There and then I resolved to build new classrooms for the school if I return to Abuja,” the lawmaker said while inaugurating the project on Thursday, September 9.
Onuigbo said he was humbled by the situation which disrupted his campaign programme, even more embarrassed by the leaky roofs of the classrooms.
He said: ”This project gives me a unique sense of satisfaction because it was not solicited for. The community did not apply for it. I conceptualized and facilitated it.
”We were here during my campaign and rain chased us inside the classrooms. But the rain that beat us inside was more than the one outside. There and then I resolved to build new classrooms for the school if I return to Abuja.
Onuigbo explained that a six-classroom block was captured in the budget for the school as part of his constituency project but regretted that the contractor who was awarded the project by the federal government wanted to short-change the school by building a two-classroom block.
He said that when he got to know about it he quickly intervened insisting it must be a six-classroom block as captured in the budget, but regretted that the contractor only managed to increase it to four-classroom.
The lawmaker further lamented that the contractor later abandoned the project, hence, his (Onuigbo’s) decision to complete the project with his personal resources.
”Because I petitioned the agency that awarded the contract, the contractor decided to prove difficult. When he was forced to increase it to a four-classroom block he abandoned it but I vowed to deliver the project with my own money.
”That’s why I’m happy to inaugurate it today to provide the enabling environment for our young people to access education,” he added.
Naija News understands that Onuigbo also donated desks to the school and further pledged his continued support for the school and others in his constituency.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the community, Chief Uzu Ananaba who said it was the first project to be sited in the community by any government agency or official, commended Onuigbo for the gesture.
In her address, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs Christiana Nwagboso, thanked Rep Onuigbo for coming to their rescue.
The Headmistress who said her own office was also leaking, identified lack of water, lack of toilet facilities and insecurity as part of the challenges of the school, and solicited more interventions.
This article was originally published on Naija News