From Dan Maduagwu , Umuahia
Chief Andrew Ogbonna Chikwendu Foundation has completed the reconstruction of a collapsed bridge in Ohuhu land, to the relief of indigenes of the benefiting communities in the sub-urban towns.
This is even as the foundation has lined up a 18km Walk4Fun Walkathon Sporting and Exercise Picnic in Ohuhu, to be held on December 30,2022 and every year with the support of Ogwe -Ama Fitness Club and some other sponsors .
The bridge which connected some communities like Umuagu, Umungasi etc to other villages and markets, collapsed some years ago and its reconstruction was initially started by Ohuhu Development Welfare Union until Chief Andrew Ogbonna Chikwendu Foundation stepped in and completed it, thereby reopening transport, agricultural ,general economic channels and other opportunities for the natives.
These achievements were made known in Umuahia by the President of the foundation , Mr Azubuike Chikwendu, during a press briefing to unveil the programs for the December 30 walk4fun walkathon and exercise picnic to be held in Ohuhu villages.
The press release which was read by Barr Kingston Ogbonna, on behalf of the President, explained that the foundation was formed to immortalize the virtues of Chief Andrew Chikwendu Ogbonna who died on 16th November 1979, noting that the planned Walk4Fun is patterned after global sporting events such as Lagos Marathon, Obudu Mountain race, Boston Walk etc.
Disclosing that the Walk4Fun which would kick off by 7: am, is open for people of all ages to participate , the foundation stated that the event would be used to promote fitness and healthy life among the people as well as unite the people even as physical and online registration points have been opened for all interested participants.
The event which the foundation says has no political connection or attachments, would be officially flagged off by the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly , Hon Chinedum Orji as the Chief Walker while seasoned medical team and sound medical vehicles would be made available to evacuate those that may be tired during the Walk.
He pointed the out that that AO foundation was out to empower people and communities, with emphasis on sporting programs and projects that enhance social and gender inclusion in education , business, society and culture in rural and semi urban communities across Nigeria .
The 18km walk would kick off from Ohuhu community Secondary School, Amaogwugwu and move to Umuagu, Umukabia, Umule, Afugiri roundabout , Umuegwu Okpuala, Nkwoegwu roundabout ,Nkata , Amaogwugwu before culminating at Ohuhu community Secondary school where cash prizes would be dished out to participants with distinct performances.
Speaking at the press briefing, former Director of Sports in Abia State and a global sports historian, Mr Ejikeme Ikwunze described the December 30 event as a well-thought initiative which would promote good health, unity and cohesiveness in Ohuhu nation in particular and Abia State in general .
Ikwunze, popularly known as Mr Football describe Chief Andrew Chikwendu Ogbonna of blessed memory as a rare gift to humanity and admonished his children to produce a complete book about their father , for the benefit of present and unborn generation, assuring that his sporting acumen would be brought to bear in making the proposed annual event a complete success .