By Sunny A. Ijomah
The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano says the state government will commence rehabilitation of riverine communities affected by the flood, distribution of relief materials and other palliatives to residents immediately the flood recedes.
The Governor said farmers and fishermen whose means of livelihood were destroyed in the flood will be assisted to restart their businesses.
Governor Obiano disclosed this when he presented Certificates of Recognition to traditional rulers of two communities in Ogbaru Council Area.
The newly recognized traditional rulers are, IGWE FIDELIS NSOFOR ONUMONU, (IGWE ONUMONU 3) of Umunankwo Community and Igwe Lawrence Ogugua Oduah of Akiliozizor Community.
The event which took place at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia, attracted stakeholders in the community as well as friends of the royal fathers.
Presenting the certificates, the Governor said the recognition should afford the newly elected traditional rulers the opportunity to pursue peace among members of the community, reminding them of the need to support his administration.
Governor Obiano further harped on the need for the traditional rulers to also focus on initiating programs for youths empowerment and mobilization, to complement government's efforts to gainfully engaging them away from crime.
The Governor who revealed that the third phase of the choose-your-project community development initiative will soon commence.
The Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters, Mr. Greg Obi, remarked that all the necessary processes were duly followed before the traditional rulers emerged and emphasized that the efforts of the Obiano administration in resolving traditional rulership tussles and enthroning leaderships is to entrench peace at the grassroots.
Speaking to newsmen, the traditional ruler of Atani, Igwe Augustine Azuka Ngoddy, reminded the new royal fathers of the responsibility they owe their people to be upright and transparent in their dealings and urged people of the communities to rally round them to enable them succeed.
The Monarch said that the traditional rulers are very key in community mobilization noting that the way Governor Obiano handles their issues goes a long way to show the premium he attaches to community development.
In his remarks, the newly-recognized traditional rulers, Igwe Onumonu expressed appreciation to the State government for recognizing them and pledged to lead their people with the fear of God and in the path of peace and progress.