Friday, 8th July 2011 was a day to be remembered when the Chife Foundation team and interns invited the people of Anam to the Anam New City at Ebenebe to discuss with them the ideas for the ‘new city’ that will develop and benefit the whole Anam community in the near future.
The journey started by boat at the Otu-ocha beach and the guests embarked at Ebenebe beach (opposite otu_Iyiora).
At the site, the team welcomed everyone that came and thanked them for honoring the invitation. Mr. DK Osseo-Asare gave a brief overview of what he and the rest of the team have been doing for the past few months to help design a better new city for Anam community.
The head of the fish farm project, Mr. Victor Morba also explained many of the ideas behind the fish farm and described of the social and economic benefits it will bring to Anam. He also said that they hope to use the fish farm to create a constant supply of fish to the people of Anam and its environs, especially during the rainy season when there is a scarcity of fish. Several people asked questions, such as how to source the fingerings and how to provide security. Victor once again provided adequate answers to them.
At the brick factory, all the Chife Foundation Interns and Fellows introduced themselves and gave a brief summary of what they are here to do to make the project a successful. Subsequently, the Interns and the Fellows split into smaller groups to explain each part of the project in detail to the invited Anam people. It was followed by an open forum where everyone discussed how to make the Anam New City Project a successful one, specifically with regards to health programs, affordable housing, road infrastructure, and the local economy.
The event was also marked by the planting of an Iroko tree at the brick factory and celebrated by everyone that was present at the occasion. The elders prayed to God and said that as the Iroko tree grows so shall the New City move forward.
After the planting of the Iroko tree, everyone proceeded to a wonderful lunch and ate to their satisfaction. The last activity of the day was the awarding of certificate to several of the Fellows who have completed their community service.
Post By: Simon Onyeka Chife