…Honours Ekwunife, Speaker, Ikpeazu, Others
By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Anambra State Chapter, recently, in Awka organized a get-together to mark the end of 2022. The event attracted members of Ohaneze from a across the state and other stakeholders.
The Apex Igbo Group during the celebration, honoured deserving Anambra sons and daughters, including the senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Mrs Uche Ekwunife, and member representing Onitsha North and South Federal Constituency, Honourable Lynda Ikpeazu; even as they presented the Best House of Assembly Speaker Award to the Anambra State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Honourable Uche Okafor .
The Anambra State President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Emeka Udedeme, said the awards were in recognition of the various contributions of the recipients to the state and Igbo Land.
Chief Udedeme lauded the state Assembly Speaker, Hon Okafor, for promoting cordial working relationship among the arms of government and sustained support to activities of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
He called on registered voters to collect their Permanent Voter Cards to enable them to vote in coming elections. He disclosed that local government leaders of the association had been urged to work with other stakeholders to encourage people in their areas to be part of the exercise to enthrone good governance while shunning acts capable of threatening the coming elections.
The Ohaneze State President equally cautioned against any attempt to use agitation or sit-at-home pronouncements to undermine the process.
Responding, the senator representing Anambra Central, Mrs Ekwunife, thanked Ohaneze Ndigbo for the honour and noted that the socio-cultural organization remained the strongest and most respected association, while calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to work with community leaders to enhance the distribution of PVCs.
Also speaking, the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Okafor, dedicated the award to members of the assembly, noting that their achievements were through collective efforts and team spirit and called for a sustained campaign towards protecting and promoting the Igbo Language and culture to encourage children to take pride in their heritage and be able to trace their roots.
In his remarks, the chairman, Planning Committee of Ohaneze End-of-Year-Get-Together, Comrade Uzo Ekemezie, expressed satisfaction with the success of the event and restated the commitment of Ohaneze Ndigbo towards protecting the interest of all Igbo-speaking communities across the world and encouraging youths to acquire skills.