By Regina Igwebuike
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Dec. 31, 2010 (MOI) Amid jubilation, the Amawbia community formally installed Ozo Chinyelu Nwora-Molokwu as the Okpaligwe Amawbia.
The event, which attracted the who is who in the community, the government circles, Igwes, friends and well wishers was held at Eziokpaligwe Town Hall on Dec. 29.
Addressing the people, Okpaligwe Nwora-Molokwu extolled Gov. Willie Obiano for approving and issuing him with a Certificate of Recognition on May 29.
Igwe Nwora-Molokwu promised to ensure peaceful governance that would foster love, restore social discipline and cordial inter-personal relationship among his people.
He said that he would ensure that the culture, customs and tradition of Amawbia were not only sustained but would be improved upon, where necessary.
“I will maintain law and order in Amawbia with a view to ensuring that internal security and protection of life and property.
“I will take necessary steps to reconcile people, whenever they disputes arise to promote peace and harmony.’’
As a servant of the people, Igwe Nwora-Molokwu promised that his reign would promote the development of projects in Amawbia that would enhance better living standards for the people.
He, then, said that he would support youth development programmes that would encourage entrepreneurship and employment for the youths.
The Okpaligwe also said that he would promote the corporate image of Amawbia Town, even as he promised to ensure peaceful co-existence with neighbouring communities.
Mr Pius Chukwuma Okoye, a Member Representing Awka South II Constituency in the Anambra House of Assembly while congratulating the Okpaligwe, emphasised that he was the chief executive and custodian of Amawbia customs and tradition.
Mr Okoye, while noting that leadership was not an easy task, prayed to God to grant him more wisdom to carry Ndi Amawbia to enviable heights.
Chairman Coronation Committee, Barr. Harry Udu said that he was overjoyed as the event was a culmination of many months of hard work by the distinguished sons and daughters of Amawbia under his leadership.
“It is a thing of joy, worthy of praise to God as today has finally arrived. The Igwe has been formally crowned and all challenges surmounted.
“What is left is the fanfare as the real deed has been done.’’
Chairman who is also the Anambra Head of Service (HOS) said that his committee members were proud of their people, noting that they came out in total support.
“I have never seen such sense of togetherness. It is a sign of good things to come under the reign of the Okpaligwe.’’
According to him, Igwe Nwora-Molokwu has pledged to be a servant-leader, coming to serve, which is a correct attitude.
“Service has a way of granting you more moral authority, if you serve well, you will have more respect.’’
He prayed that Okpaligwe would live and reign long in good health, his family blessed so that this period of service to his people would not be a source of regrets to him.
The President-General, Amawbia, Mr Ebele Nwufo thanked God for the success of the event.
He emphasised that it was God who selected the Okpaligwe to lead his people.
The PG commended Gov. Obiano for his dynamic leadership and support toward the community.
Rev. Fr. Fabian Anumba, Parish Priest St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amawbia prayed to God to be with Okpaligwe as he ascended the throne, so that he reigned wisely devoid of mistakes.
He also prayed for the cabinet members and Ndi Amawbia in general from far and near to rally resources to support the development of the community.
Some of the Igwes that graced the occasion include M C Ngene, Ezeike Nibo; Igwe Timothy Ezenwaka, Ochiagha Ezinato; Igwe G Okaa Onwuogu, Orachili Nawgu; and Igwe A C Oragwalu, Eze Oranyelu III of Obeledu. (MOI)