How N1,200 UNN paid for our cash crops turned my life--Peace Mass Transit Chairman, Onyishi…..constructs N400m roads in Enugu



The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peace Mass Transit, Evang. Dr. Samuel Maduka Onyishi, has constructed/reconstructed roads worth about N400 million in various parts of Enugu State.

The latest of the roads, which connects Umunkaka community with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), was commissioned on Saturday by Enugu State Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Speaking at the event, the Governor said: “We are here to Commission this road constructed by my brother and Chairman, Chief Executive, Peace Mass Transit, Chief Dr. Sam Maduka Onyishi.

“The project is intended to cement the relationship between the host community and the landlord, the University Community and enhance transportation and other social economic activities in the area.

“The road, which is to be henceforth known as Samuel Maduka Onyishi Road, comes as a welcome complement to our government’s urbanisation initiative in Nsukka area.

“You will of course recall that at the inception of this administration we made our intention to equip and urbanise Nsukka, the university town, founded over half a century ago, to compete with other Universities in attracting technology and knowledge-based businesses and other industry support ventures, bearing in mind that Nsukka is the second largest town and city in Enugu State.

“By the grace of God, and as everyone can testify, we are delivering on that promise to make Nsukka significantly different from what is used to be when we assumed office.

“In a special way, therefore, we commend Chief Sam Onyishi for adding value to this project, to the vision and benevolence of constructing this road. We urge all well meaning Enugu citizens to key into the rural and urban development scheme of the State Government by carrying out similar projects in their respective localities and various areas of operation.

“We use this opportunity to reassure the people of this state of our commitment to take development to all corners of this state”, he further stated.

Earlier, Onyishi revealed that the Amukwa, UNN road and a similar one at Emene, in Enugu capital, cost him about N400m.

He revealed that the sum of N1,200 paid to his family in 1985 as compensation by the University of Nigeria Authority for their land, which is part of the university, was what changed the story of his life.

“That money was paid to our village for our cash crops because we are the owners of this place and the university had to pay us for the cash crop. The money was handed over to me by my mother.

“So, we are here today because of the University of Nigeria; we are here today because my mother trusted me; we are here today because God said ‘my son, with this, you will make exploits’.

“Since 1985 that I started business with N1,200 which was given to me by the university, I have never taken a loan,” Onyishi disclosed.

He further said: “Over the years, we have been maintaining the road, which led to the naming the road after myself, by Nsukka Local Government. Since then, this road has been on my head. However, by the special grace of God, we are here today to witness the commissioning of the fully constructed about 2 kilometre road, with twin drains, spanning from Enugu Road, through Orba Road to the South gate the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

“This road is aimed at opening up access between our community and the university, we want the university staff to live in our community, we want the students to live in our community, we want the University community to do their shopping along our street so that our village will feel the impact of the University more than it has ever done before.”
How N1,200 UNN paid for our cash crops turned my life--Peace Mass Transit Chairman, Onyishi…..constructs N400m roads in Enugu How N1,200 UNN paid for our cash crops turned my life--Peace Mass Transit Chairman, Onyishi…..constructs N400m roads in Enugu   Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Sunday, February 25, 2018 Rating: 5

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