-By Albert OGRAKA:
One good turn, they say, deserves another. Nineteen years after Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko, awarded scholarship to 30 indigent and non indigent citizens of Anioma from various tertiary institutions in Nigeria, little did he know that the good seeds he had sown on fertile soil would yield good fruits.
Prince Nwoko, a former member of the House of Representatives and Senatorial aspirant for Delta North, who has distinguished himself as a worthy son of Anioma in his sublime and great virtues of humility, meekness, kindness, accessibility, transparency and generosity, expressed appreciation for the honour,saying, he believes in good governance and transparency.
On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Bar. Anthony Uchechukwu Onwueme led a team of the scholarship beneficiaries to dumuje-Ugboko, Aniocha North local government area of Delta state, to present an award to Prince Ned Nwoko for the scholarships they benefited from him in 1999 when he was elected to the House of Representative in Aniocha-Oshimli Federal Constituency.
They vowed that because of Nwoko’s generosity, “We have put up a structure which is known as Anioma Movement For the Actualization of Ned Senatorial Mandate (AMfOANSEM) to work for the actualization of the senatorial ambition. We are going to mobilize voters and work effectively for your victory come 2019.
“Immediately Prince Ned Munir Nwoko as a worthy was sworn in as an Honorable member, he swung into action by awarding scholarship to indigent and non indigent citizens of Anioma. I can recall we where up to 30 that were given scholarship from various tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
“Hon (Prince ) Ned M. Nwoko did not only give scholarship to students, he was also instrumental to then for the completion of Asaba – Benin Federal High way, the Paris London Club refund to Nigeria and numerous projects so much to mention here.
“It is of note to stress that the scholarship he gave to 30 indigent and non indigent citizens of Anioma was not only for one academic year but it was given to us throughout out study in various tertiary institutions.
“It is because of this your great virtues and what you did for us in our schooling days that we decided to confer on you today the title: Ochili Ozua 1 of Anioma Land. A title that befits your humilty and milk of kindness to poor and all Sundry.”
While responding, Prince Nwoko, who noted that youths must be given the right exposure to be able to appreciate the deficiencies in the various sectors of the economy, urged them to come together to make the political system work, by voting for the right people and making them accountable.
“You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
“They have been collecting your money and giving you stipends and when you maintain silence they think you are foolish. No, you aren’t. Its because there is no voice to speak for you. And it is exactly that voice I represent. I want to speak out against whoever will fight against you. I want to go out there to speak against those who will collect job slots meant for our youths and give it out to their friends. I want to speak for you and more. But I can only speak when you give me the mandate. I can only be heard when you give me the voice, when you elect me as your Senator.”