Anaocha Local Government
01. Obeledu Community Celebrates New Yam Festival in Grand Style
The Obeledu Community in Anaocha local government Area has held its annual new yam festival to celebrate the yam as the king of all crops and to showcase their rich cultural heritage.
The event which brought together the sons and daughters of the community from far and near, featured the traditional display of yam from different contestants who won prizes for their efforts.
The traditional ruler of the community Igwe Chijioke Oragwam performed the traditional “Iriji” ceremony with words of blessings for his people.
Speaking during the occasion, a prominent son of the community and the Chairman of the “Otu Subakwa Igbo” Prof. Pita Ejiofor spoke on the place of the yam as the king of the crops in Igbo land and the respect accorded to it.
Prof. Ejiofor used the forum to speak on the gains recorded by his “subakwa Igbo” project which he said has had great impact among the Igbos.
According to him, Igbo Language is now often used in many functions and has been made a compulsory general studies subject in universities in Igbo land.
On his part, an indigene of Obeledu, Chief Joseph Okonkwo spoke on the significance of the new yam in Igbo land, and the Obeledu tradition which empowers the traditional ruler of the community to bless the yam before his subjects eat it.
In their separate reactions, the traditional ruler of Omasi, Igwe Benjamin Okeji and his Enugu Umuonyia counterpart, Igwe Peter Ezeamama spoke on the traditional imperatives of the new yam celebration.
02. Eze Onyesoh Calls for Speedy Renovation of Nri Museum
The traditional ruler of Nri, Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh has called on the Anambra State Government to make some financial commitments towards the renovation of the Nri Museum in Anaocha Local Government Area
Eze Onyesoh who spoke to the press in Awka on the prospects of promoting the tourism industry in the state stressed that updating the institution will enhance the revenue profile of the state.
According to the royal father, the museum facilitated by the late Professor Kenneth Dike and founded in 1952, contains some priceless artefacts which attracted about one hundred and fifty tourists in a month before the rains damaged some structures housing them about five years ago.
Eze Onyesoh said the museum was an institution which served as a referral centre for all PhD students doing their African studies from the University of Ibadan before it was damaged by rainfall.
He said the University of Ibadan which is partnering with the Nri Community to sustain the museum, has promised to sustain the partnership as soon as it is remodeled and renovated.
The royal father regretted that the efforts of the community to partner with the state government when the museum was functioning occasioned the loss of some of its artefacts.
On his recent visit to the World Igbo Congress in New York, he said the occasion afforded him the opportunity to talk to Ndigbo on the need to embrace unity and peace as well as for the Igbos to recognize a father figure among them to serve as a clearing house for the ventilation of the challenges facing them.
Eze Onyesoh further spoke on the state of the Nigerian nation, commending the national assembly for rejecting federal government’s proposal to sell the nation’s national assets.
He regretted that at 56, the nation is in a bad shape and therefore called for sacrifice by all Nigerians to salvage the nation.
By Mike Ezenwata
03. AGULU COMMUNITY COMMENDS OBIANO’S DEVELOPMENT STRIDES
The Agulu Community in Anaocha Council Area of Anambra state has expressed their unflinching support for the state government administration under the able leadership of the incumbent Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
The community which is the home of the immediate past Governor of the state, Chief Peter Obi, also expressed full allegiance and backing for Governor Obiano’s re-election next year.
The endorsement came when a high powered delegation from the community led by the traditional ruler, Igwe Innocent Obodoakor, the President General, Chief Paulinus Anagboso, leaders of women and youth groups as well as top business moguls from the community paid the Governor a solidarity visit at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka.
Receiving them, Gov Obiano acknowledged that former Gov Peter Obi who is from the Community laid a solid foundation in the state which his administration was building on. He emphasized that he is not in enmity with the ex-governor and has expressed his interest to work in harmony with him by publicly apologizing to him for any wrongdoing he might have unwittingly done to him or anyone else.
He revealed that the State Government has been in talks with the Golden Tulip, a known brand in the hospitality industry, which were to design the interior requirements for the Agulu Lake Resort and noted that when it comes fully on stream, and starts generating profits, 5% of it will go to Agulu Community in line with the policy of his administration on investments.
The Governor appealed to the community, which he noted, was blessed with wealthy indigenes to support the state Teaching Hospital project which his administration was building in their community by acquiring top-rated state-of-the-art medical equipment as they would recover the money expended whenever the state’s health insurance scheme comes on stream.
He commended the community for their immense support to his administration which he described as a major milestone in his second term bid.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Obodoakor and the President General, Mr Anagboso in their separate remarks praised the Governor for his outstanding performances in the area of Agriculture, Security, Prompt payment of salaries and people’s welfare. They noted that the visit was to express their total support to his administration especially in view of his reelection bid.
The decision, they noted was because of the love the governor has shown to the community through the numerous developmental projects he has executed in their area.
By Kingsley Ezekwelu
04. House Member Donates Electricity Poles To Constituency.
The member representing Anaocha 1 constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Sir Azubuike Okoye has donated electricity poles to aid the restoration of power in Isioha Village, Adazi Nnukwu in Anaocha LGA of the state.
Residents of the village who have suffered power outage in the past couple of months heaved a sigh of relief at the intervention of the lawmaker who donated concrete electric poles and other materials to help restore electric power to the community.
It would be recalled that the village has been without electric power for some months as a result of the collapse of some electric poles which threw the community into darkness.
The President General of Adazi Nnukwu Town Development Union (ATDU), Mr. Francis Chukwubuike who led a delegation of eminent personalities in the community to receive the materials, thanked Hon Okoye for such magnanimous gesture, promising him that one good turn deserves another as he prayed for God’s continual blessings in his life.
Hon Sir Azubuike Okoye who was visibly happy at the reception given to him by the people of the community promised to attract more community development projects.
The lawmaker who also visited a Health Centre at Umudiani Village, Adazi Nnukwu promised to renovate the health facility to a modern standard affirming that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.
Some dignitaries at the occasion include; Sir Ofoma Ojua, Ichie Hon Anahalu (Fmr PG ATDU), Bar. Ayodele Obiadi, Members of the Central Executive Committee, among others.
By Ayika Chike B.
05. NRI MONARCH CALLS FOR IGBO UNITY.
BY MIKE EZENWATA
The traditional ruler of Nri Anaocha LGA, Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh has called on the governors of the South East geo political zone to organze regular governors forum meetings to discuss the challenges facing the Igbos.
Eze Onyesoh who spoke to the press in Nri stressed the need for Igbos to be more united to fight their cause.
According to the royal father, some developments in the country such as the marginalization of the Igbos in appointments, like the recent appointment of Assistant Inspectors General of police without anybody from the Igbo extraction calls for a rethink by the Igbos to search in wards for a way of surviving .
He said their position in Nigeria calls for a war of wits rather than confrontation
Eze Onyesoh expects the Igbos to be their brother’s keeper in the face of their travails.
On his part, the traditional rulers of Omasi Igwe Benjamin Okeji appreciated the sound security network of the Obiano administration which is a guarantee that the yuletide period will be hitch free.
Contributing, the head of Educational Foundation of the faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Campus Professor Ngozi Agu urged the citizenry to always be their brother’s keeper at all times to reflect the true spirit of the Christmas season.
06.IKEOBI EJIOFOR TAKES OATH OF OFFICE.
By Ginika Oguyi
Hon. Engr Ikeobi Ejiofor has been sworn in as the new transition chairman of Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State
The event which took place at the Local Government Secretariat witnessed the presence of “who is who” in the local area, amongst who were member representing Anaocha 1 constituency, Hon. Azubuike Okoye, traditional rulers, clergymen, staff of the council and APGA party members.
In his acceptance speech, the transition chairman, described local administration as grass root government stating that committee members were carefully selected.
Engr. Ikeobi Ejiofor who assured provision of democracy dividend and service delivery to the people, charged them to support Governor Obiano’s second term bid, considering his numerous achievements in the state which include security of lives and properties, payments of salaries, pension and grativities amongst others.
Earlier in her speech, the head of Local Government Administration Anaocha Local Government Area, Mrs. Eugenia Odika congratulated the new caretaker chairman and his committee members for being found worthy by the state government.
Mrs. Odika, while promising support and that of the staff to the new administration charged them to be more dedicated to duty.
Highlight of the event was the administration of oath of office and allegiance on the transition members.
07.AMAZING GRACE FOUNDATION EMPOWERS AGED, LESS PRIVILEGED.
By John Ndu
Over 250 persons in Anambra State including the Aged and the less privileged recently had reason to smile when succour came their way from the Amazing Grace Foundation.
The event took place at Obeledu in Anaocha Council Area where a Special Easter Ministration was held for the people .
Among items distributed to the beneficiaries were Wheel chairs, textile materials, food items, mosquito nets, toiletries, cash among others.
The Amazing Grace Foundation which has branches all over the country, caters for the elderly, widows and victims of family violence with a Law Firm that takes up Probo no, cases of all manner of abuse of the rights of the elderly.
Presenting the items, the Founder of the Foundation and immediate past Chairperson of the Nigeria Census Tribunal, Dr Ifeyinwa Obegolu said the exercise is a ministry from God that started when she was young through which she aims to create awareness on the plights of the elderly and provide succour to them with a view of getting the society to cater for them.
Dr Obegolu who described the aged as special products of God’s grace, reminded them that having reached the age of 70, God has given them the opportunity to make their way right with him by shunning evil and assuming the status of beacons of truth so that they can inherit the kingdom of heaven.
She appealed to government at all levels to create welfare schemes for the elderly to ensure that their old age is spent in happiness.
Also speaking, the State President, National Council of Women Societies, Mrs Oby Obodozie said by the gesture, the benefactor is exemplifying true Christian virtues and putting smiles on the faces of the people and urged the people irrespective of their status to cultivate the habit of showing love to one another.
One of the aged persons who got a wheelchair, Mrs Priscilla Okoye-Ukpo from Umuaneke village, Obeledu whose joy knew no bounds, thanked Dr Obegolu for her benevolence and prayed God to reward her immensely.
The elderly persons and their caregivers were during the ministration which also featured a holy mass, taken through series of talks on women health and morality by the Assistant Director in charge of Social Justice Unit of the National Orientation Agency, Lady Ifeoma Chijioke.