Former Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala have revealed she wants the Umuda-Amato-Ossah Road in Isingwu Community, in Abia State to be renamed after her late father-in-law, as she promised to continue to do whatever she could to assist the Isingwu Community.
She stated this at her Umuda-Isingwu Country Home while receiving a delegation of Isingwu Eze-in-Council, Isingwu Welfare Union and all Associations in Isingwu, Ohuhu, Umuahia North, Abia State, who came to thank her for the role she played in attracting the road to the community. She urged them to continue to be peaceful and progressive for the development of the community
The 65-year old economist and international development expert who sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the African Risk Capacity that she was aware of the controversy over who should take credit for the road but noted that it should not arise.
She further explained that if Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu had not paid the counterpart funding for the project, the World Bank would not have released their own portion of funding for the road.
Okonjo-Iweala urged the people of Isingwu Autonomous Community to endeavour to appreciate the Governor, Dr. Ikpeazu, for his role in ensuring the construction of the road. She asked the people to also thank the Governor for his part while thanking her, noting that more of such partnerships and collaboration was needed to bring development to the State.
Okonjo-Iweala disclosed that the road was one of the recurrent wishes of her late father-in-law and urged the executives of Isingwu Welfare Union and Isingwu Community to take steps to get the road named after her father-in-law as a mark of honour for his love for the community.
She expressed delight at the honour given to her by the Community in coming to thank her and urged the delegation to also thank her husband, Dr. Ikemba Iweala, who always ensured they returned to the village every year.