By Mike Nnamah
The Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano, has commended Amawbia Community for constructing a monumental civic and events centre. The Governor made this disclosure through his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Friday 29th March, 2019.
Performing the foundation laying ceremony at the site of the new civic and events centre, the Governor expressed the hope that all who came to the centre would get joy and pleasure.
Earlier, in his opening remarks at the occasion, the Regent of Amawbia Community, Chief Emeka Maduka, noted that Amawbia was blessed to be having the 2019 Annual Eziokpaligwe Festival done at the new site of the civic and events centre.
The visibly elated Regent called on all Amawbia people, both at home and in diaspora, to come and develop the centre.
In his welcome address, the President-General of Amawbia Town Union, Engr. Chris Nwoye, thanked all that gathered at the new site to celebrate the 2019 Eziokpaligwe Festival.
He equally enjoined Amawbia people to help develop the new site to international standard, noting that the 3rd phase of the State Community Development Project Fund would be channeled to the project. The occasion also served as an avenue to raise funds for the new civic and events centre.
On hand to support the Amawbia project were their friends and well-wishers among whom were Hon Emma Nwafor; Hon. Carter Dike Umeh; Hon. Vitus Uzoh; Hon. Leo Nwuba; Mr. Obini Onuchukwu; Chief Uche Nworah and Hon. Chukwuma Okoye.
Also in attendance were Amawbia titled men such as Ozo Michael Akubude; Ozonkpu Eddy Nwokoye; Ozo Emma Okoye; Ozo Felix Nzeamalu and Chief Ifeanyi Okonkwo, among others.
Speaking to Fides, Dr. Victor Oye, the APGA National Chairman, who is an indigene of Amawbia, expressed his profound appreciation for the event and sued for love, peace and progress so that development would not elude the community.
Also speaking, Dr. Ikem Odumodu called on Amawbia people to rally round the project in order to enable its completion as soon as possible.
He described the year as a unique one for the community, as they would be selecting a new traditional ruler, as well as a President-General, even as he praised the community for rallying together and for having a unity of purpose.
The climax of the event were the display of cultural dances, by groups, masquerades and the cutting of the tape as part of the foundation laying ceremony by the Deputy Governor.
The occasion was chaired by Sir Willie Nwokoye, the Principal Secretary to the Governor of Anambra State, who is an indigene of Amawbia.