By John Ndu : Anambra State Government has presented a Certificate of Recognition to the newly elected traditional ruler of Umueri, in Anambra East Council Area.
The presentation took place at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, as the newly elected traditional ruler, Igwe Ben Izuchukwu Emeka, alongside his kinsmen and supporters graced the occasion in grand style.
Presenting the Certificate, the Governor in his words said ” the presentation is in accordance with the traditional rulers Act of 1981, which made fully satisfied that you HRH, Igwe Ben Izuchukwu Emeka, Oke Eboh 11 of Umueri Kingdom in Anambra East Local Government Area, has been duly elected and presented to me by the people of the said community, town. In accordance with the customary law and usages of the town, community and in provisions of section 4, 5, 6 of the traditional law of 1981 do hereby satisfied that you had been accordingly been recognized by me as the traditional head of Umueri .”
Governor Obiano who described peace as paramount for any meaningful development to ensue in any human society, said as a result, his government is resolving traditional rulership tussles in the communities.
Having leadership at the community level he noted, will ensure effective grassroot mobilization and coordinated development at the rural places.
The governor urged the traditional ruler to rule his people with the fear of God and to avoid indulging in acts that can bring the traditional stool to disrepute.
While urging the people to support the dreams of the present administration, Governor Obiano, frowned that some people in Umueri have started selling some portion of land, allocated for the construction of Cargo International Airport City.
He warned them to refrain from such act, as his administration would continue in his efforts to develop every community and make the state a place of pride.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council and Traditional Ruler of Onitsha, HRM, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe thanked Governor Obiano for his genuine interest in resolving crises among communities in the State and advised the traditional ruler to identify with the Council to be able to attract government programmes for the communities.
The Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters, Mr Greg Obi explained that every necessary process was followed in the selection of the traditional ruler, reminding him that the same government that gave him certificate can retrieve it if he abuses it.
Responding, the new traditional ruler, Igwe Ben Izuchukwu Emeka thanked the state government for recognizing him and promised to use the certificate to pursue the peace and development of the community.
Formal presentation of the certificate by the governor and display of cultural dances formed the highpoints.