By Regina Igwebuike
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Dec. 25, 2020 ( MOI) Amawbia community held a 5 kilometres walk for life to keep fit, on Dec. 24, ahead of the upcoming Coronation of Okpaligwe scheduled to hold on Dec. 29.
The walk, which took off from Central School Aguogba had in attendance no fewer than 300 participants; young and old.
Addressing participants after the walk at Eziokpaligwe Town Hall, the traditional ruler of Amawbia, Igwe Chinyelu Nwora-Molokwu, commended all for participating in the exercise.
Okpaligwe emphasised the importance of regular exercise, saying that it was a physical therapy with its attendant benefits.
He urged all to come out en-masse on Dec. 29 for his coronation, explaining that there would be another walk after the coronation.
Igwe Nwora-Molokwu enjoined all to be more organised, noting that First Aid would be provided and that security personnel would be on hand to control human and vehicular traffic.
He urged all to adhere religiously to the COVID-19 protocols and be peaceful while celebrating Christmas, even as he wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
Principal Secretary to the Anambra Government, Sir Willie Nwokoye, who took part in the exercise said that the event was a welcome development.
He expressed happiness at the turnout of participants, emphasising that a body in motion stays in motion.
The PS urged all to attend the Dec. 29 coronation of Okpaligwe.
He informed participants that there would be a Royal Procession with APAMS Royal carriage drawn by two ceremonial white horses.
Member Representing Awka South II Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Pius Chukwuma Okoye said the essence of the walk was to keep fit.
Mr Okoye, who initiated and backed the event, maintained that the participants must have burnt some calories.
He said the exercise though in its maiden edition, would be a continuous one, noting that regular exercise would help to keep the body fit.
The House Member praised Amawbia as a peaceful community, where everyone participated in its progress according to individual’s capacity.
President-General Amawbia Town, Mr Ebele Nwufo said that he was elated because under his tenure a maiden walk had just been organised.
Mr Nwufo, a Director Environmental Health and HOD Environmental Health Services, Ogbaru, said people who stayed without exercise were prone to be unhealthy.
He said regular walks prevent blood clots and aid digestion.
The PG extolled Mr Okoye for the move, even as he commended all for their comportment.
Other dignitaries present include Okpaligwe’s Wife Lolo Justina Nwora-Molokwu, Anambra Head of Service (HOS), Barr Harry Udu, a former PG Ozo Mike Akubude and a former Minister for Women Affairs Iyom Josephine Anenih. Light refreshments were served as part of the event. (MOI)