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By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Apex Socio Cultural Igbo Organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, led by Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene, last Wednesday paid a sensitization cum familiarization visit to Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State where it inaugurated its executive, with Mr Uzo Ekemezie as chairman. They also commissioned the LG office of Ohaneze domiciled in the Awka South Council.
Speaking during the inauguration, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene pleaded with the Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South, Hon. Leo Nwuba, to give financial and material support to the local government executive members of Ohaneze to enable them to discharge their activities efficiently and effectively.
He called Igbo sons and daughters in the local government to contribute their quota in ensuring the smooth running of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Awka South, urging the Transition Committee Chairman to pay an equivalent of the Council’s monthly allowance to the executive members of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
Okeke Ogene, who is the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), said the Ohaneze was Igbos’ cultural identity, noting that the real and true Igbo name was Ohaneze, while Biafra was the English name, even as he described IPOB and MASSOB as sub-committees.
He appreciated the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, for what he (Ogene) said Governor Obiano had done on security, urging him to declare a state of emergency on Anambra roads. He noted that the heavy downpour this year was much, leading to deterioration of roads in the state.
‘The governor is trying, especially on security. People are coming in left, right and centre into Anambra State but there’s something we need to talk about and that thing is the issue of roads. We need our roads constructed, reconstructed and rehabilitated,’ Ogene said.
He charged the newly inaugurated executive members to work in synergy with the traditional rulers in Awka South, saying that the monarchs remained the custodians of culture and tradition. He harped on mutual respect for all, stating that the Ohaneze was a peaceful and progressive association.
Before the inauguration, the president of Ohaneze, Anambra State, led his team to the office of the Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South and to the office of the traditional rulers located inside the local government headquarters.
Responding on behalf of other newly inaugurated executive members, Mr. Uzo Ekemezie thanked the Ohaneze leadership for finding them worthy to serve, saying they would try as much as possible to keep to the tenets of the organization.
He appealed to all and sundry to join hands with them to restore the integrity of Igbos, noting that the Ohaneze Ndigbo at LG level needed their office furnished, financial assistance and operational vehicle.
Speaking on the Vision 2020, Ekemezie said they intended to organize an Ohaneze Ndigbo Awka South Town Hall meeting, skill acquisition programme for youth and women, symposium on Igbo culture and custom and also Ada Igbo Awka South contest.
Those who accompanied the Ohaneze Igbo president to the visit included the state secretary of Ohaneze, Chief Mike Nnakwuzie; the administrative secretary of Ohaneze, Chief Luke Onyekaonwu; the state women’s leader, Lady Rose Ekwenibe.
Some of the traditional rulers present during the visit included, the Chairman Awka South Local Government Traditional Rulers Council, HRM, R.N Iloh; HRM, Obi Gibson Nwosu, the traditional ruler of Awka; traditional ruler of Okpuno, Igwe Engr. Isaac Okafor; among others.
Presentation of certificates to the newly inaugurated executive members, and commissioning of Ohaneze Ndigbo LG office formed the highpoints of the visit.