The coal city of Enugu played host to Umu Aro from diverse backgrounds and different branches as the third Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting in the series of the George Ezuma-led Nzuko Aro took place on the 25th of March, 2017.
Independence layout and as its environs was agog as Umu Aro stormed the Olive Gate Hotel, venue of the CEC in their different attires thus becoming the cynosure of all eyes.
On arrival at Enugu in the morning of Friday 24th March, 2017, the leadership of the union held a meeting with top management staff of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) on the huge bills and other issues with electricity consumers in Arochukwu and its environs, after which it proceeded to the residence of Dr. Nkemka Jombo-Ofo where they were treated to a sumptuous lunch. The Ofo’s expressed happiness and stated that it was an honour to have the presence of the team in their residence. Justice Ifeoma Jombo-Ofo also used the opportunity to pledge her support to the union.
The team thereafter paid a visit to His Majesty, Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro (CFR) at his UNEC residence and were later the guests of Mazi Emma Nwokoro (Hapel) and family as all members to the CEC who had arrived Enugu by 7pm had dinner at the Nwokoros.
In the morning of 25th March, 2017, the exco had breakfast at the expense of Mazi Jude Nwosu (Crunchies) at one of his outlets in the city, after which the CEC proper began at the main hall of Olive Gate Hotel.
As the exco walked into the hall, the women’s wing of Enugu branch ushered the team in with a welcome song, after which the meeting commenced. As usual, the picking of kola nuts brought about a healthy competition among individuals, clubs, villages and branches.
The President General, Mazi George Ezuma, in his opening remarks welcomed all Umu Aro to the CEC. He thanked God for sparing the lives of everyone and reassured that the progress of Aro is paramount on the agenda of his administration. He expressed happiness at the turnout at the meeting, noting that almost all the branches attended the meeting. The Secretary General, Mazi Anicho Okoro, read the minutes of the last CEC while the house was briefed on ongoing road projects in the community; Aro website design; Ikeji and Aro Day celebrations; letters from Eze Aro and Nde Eze Ogo, Nzuko Aro’s letter to the Body of National Patrons etc. On the court case between Charity Achinivu and the union, the legal adviser, Barr. Kings Nwosu briefed the house on the outcome of the case, how the case was decided in the union’s favour, while Mazi George Ezuma declared no victor, no vanquished in the case.
In the same conciliatory mood, the PG announced debt cancellation for all the branches that are indebted to the union. He however urged them to start all over on a clean slate. It was greeted with a loud ovation.
Elder Ik Onu gave an interim report of the audit of the union’s account while Arochukwu branch, which has been run by an interim body for the past four years, was ordered to put its house in order and conduct an election by September. The meeting received a petition from members of Aba branch and after exhaustive deliberation, the house set up a committee to look into the matter while suspending the election of the branch scheduled for the 26th of March, 2017.
The lawmaker representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Uko Nkole was also in attendance at the meeting. Hon. Nkole used the opportunity to brief the house on the ongoing rehabilitation of the Aro/Ohafia road; the overbilling of electricity consumers by EEDC in his constituency and other sundry issues.
Mazi Emma Nwokoro (Hapel), Dr. Nkemka Jombo-ofo, Prof Okoro Ijoma, Mazi Emma Kanu Ivi, Mazi Dave Imoko, Arc. Chima Chijioke, Madam Jones Ogbonnaya, Drs. Azubike Okoro and Kanu Ohuche, Prof. Nnennaya Nkano, Mrs. Nwada Igwe, Lady Bright Elekwa, President General, Nzuko Inyom Aro and several Umu Aro attended the CEC.
Meanwhile, the planning committee headed by Mazi Ijoma O. Ijoma was given a pat on the back for doing a good job in the organization of the CEC.