person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder August 28, 2018 14:57:09

By Okpala David/Stella Ifeoma Okpala

Akpo (Aguata LGA), Aug. 25, 2018 (MOI) Farming of yam at Akpo received a boost as Mr Augustine Okwy Okpala, a Philanthropist, bestowed awards on four farmers, who harvested the biggest yield in yams.

Mr Okpala, Managing Director, Nnek International Company Ltd., Lagos gave the awards, during the New Yam Festival at Agbenu Village Cultural Field, Akpo on Aug. 25.

``My interest is to promote yam farming and increase food production. I urge contestants who did not win to put in more effort next year,’’ Okpala said.

He commended the agric policies of Anambra State, describing it as second to none in Nigeria.

He eulogised the governor over strides in security matters, stating, ``I now come home without fear.

``In the past, before the coming of Gov. Obiano, it used to be difficult because of fears of kidnappers, car snatchers and other bandits that keep me and many other indigenes away from the village.”

Okpala, however, appealed to the Governor to remember his campaign promises of constructing Uga-Amesi-Akpo-Ogboji road project, which was awarded during the time of Gov. Chinwoke Mbadinuju.

The beneficiaries are Mr Isaac Ononiru, who won the 1st prize, motorcycle (CG125) with his yam weighing 47kg and Mr Cajethan  Okpalaeze,  who placed 2nd, winning motorcycle mate CY90, with his yam weighing 41.4kg,

Others are Mr Mathias Okpalaugo, who placed third; he won a sizeable generating set, with his yam weighing 32.4kg and Mr J.O. Mbakwe, who won consolation 4th position.

He was present with undisclosed cash prize, with his yam weighing 30.4kg.

The beneficiaries thanked Mr Okpala, praying God to replenish his pocket. They also promised to perform better work during the next planting season.

The event witnessed the cutting of the roast new yam by Mr Cyprian Okpala, the Obi of Akpo, who danced to the cultural nkwa alongside the title holders.

It also featured masquerades of various kinds that added colour to the event. (MOI)