People from other states need to replicate what Mrakpor is doing in Asaba - Sen. Eriobuna


Photo: Sen. Eriobuna and Mrs. Mrakpor at her office in Asaba 

By Fortune Ngozi Onwordi

"I have investments in Asaba and for a very long time, I have not been to town. It is up to six months I came last. About three days ago, I came in from Abuja and as I drove through Asaba, in fact, I didn't know the place had changed a lot. I saw sanity instilled into the system. All the houses along the road are screened off in such a way that they look so beautiful.

With these words, Senator, Dr. Nnamdi Eriobuna who represented Anambra South in the upper legislative chamber between 1999 and 2003, extolled the make over of Asaba in the first year of Hon. Mrs. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor's coming as director general of the Development Agency.
Dr. Eriobuna, an Abuja-based businessman, who paid a courtesy visit to the DG on Wednesday marveled at the level of progress recorded by Mrakpor in the development of the state capital.
"The streets got cleaner. Artisans and market women selling banana are no more there (on the streets). I was stunned. So, I asked my assistant, what happened in Asaba? He told me that somebody is now in charge of the sanitation in Asaba and mentioned the name. I know she was a House of Representatives Member. 

"So, I decided that I must come and encourage her to do more, that this is the type of thing we want in this country, people who are proactive, constructive, active and dedicated to their duties. Please, keep doing what you are doing. You are doing well," the former NASS member said.
Sen. Eriobuna invited similar agencies in other states to visit Asaba and borrow a leaf from how Mrakpor has transformed the Delta State capital.
"What Hon. Mrakpor has done in Asaba is the kind of attitudinal change we need to transform this country. That's why I decided to visit her today to appreciate her efforts and encourage her to do more," he said.
Responding, Mrs. Mrakpor, thanked the senator, explaining that throughout the entire process, no trader was denied their source of livelihood.


"As you observed, when you mentioned the _bole_ (roasted plantain) sellers, it was so funny. What we did was in tandem with what the Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, said that to the effect that instead of having them littering the road, we could put them in secure and customised places.
"So, if you are going towards Summit and by NTA Junction, you will see some of the SMART Delta food/fruit shops. You now have that _bole_ woman, who was in the rain and in the sun before now, in a very comfortable place.
"And all those sheltered shops have water cistern toilets, wash hand basins, and a functional waste disposal system.
We also have the SMART Delta Garden and Farmer's Market, at the very notorious former Abraka Market. 
"There is a place I will like you to try before you go back, Opposite the Legislator's quarters, you can eat the best grilled fish," Mrakpor told the visiting Abuja-based Anambra-born businessman.

Also commending the giant strides of Mrs. Mrakpor, a former House of Representatives member, who represented Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State, Hon Pascal Adigwe, in a social media comment, thanked Dr. Eriobuna and expressed satisfaction with the level of development in Asaba and its environs over the last one year.
"Senator Eriobuna is a very good friend and brother to me.
A perfect gentle man and an unassailable personality. So
This commendation is a weighted one too many.
"We are grateful to him and are behind Rt Hon Sister Miii in this immeasurable and indelible mark she is stamping on Asaba.
 _Oga adilii nma_ ."

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