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Ufuma monarch lauds new Anambra agro templates

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  • They’re timely, peerless – Igwe Moghalu

ANAMBRA agricultural economy under the Gov. Willie Obiano-led administration has continued to draw commendation from various categories of farmers and stakeholders in the state, with the latest compliment coming from traditional ruler and Di Ji III of Ufuma in Orumba-North Local Government Area, Igwe S. C. Uchime.

He gave the commendation on Saturday at Federal Polytechnic Oko , Ufuma Campus Playground in his goodwill message to his subjects on the occasion marking their 2019 Annual New Yam Festival.

According to the monarch, Gov. Obiano has bolstered farming as an integral culture of the state from the doldrums to which it was consigned by previous administrations.

“The good people of Ufuma are celebrating our egwu otite Uvume today. It’s annual festival of 32 days with which we mark the beginning of harvest season and also celebrate new yam in the footsteps of our noble ancestors who discovered yam as an edible crop when roasted. But this year’s egwu otite is so special because our farmers recorded bumper harvests more than what they brought home in recent time. We’re glad to explain this development as a result of our response to Gov. Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano (Akpokuodike-Global)’s call on ndi Anambra to go back to farming. Our people, particularly the youths, heeded the call in line with our love for industry or hard work which is customary in Ufuma. We answered the call because the governor provided templates to make farming more attractive to young men and women in rural and urban areas,” Igwe Uchime said.

The traditional ruler also used the occasion to solicit Gov. Obiano’s intervention on the completion of the feeder road spurring off Ufuma-Umunze Road into Federal Polytechnic, Oko (Ufuma Campus) at Umuagu Ufuma, which the contractor abandoned less than 200 metres to his palace opposite the campus. Igwe Uchime also listed rehabilitation of Ufuma-Awa-Ndikwuenu-Amansea Road among projects that require the governor’s urgent action.

“Akpouodike-Global has been doing well since he become our governor. He has never forgotten my community in his dividends of good governance. That is why we voted massively for his re-election and followed it up by voting for every All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidates in the last general elections. But Ufuma people are calling on Gov. Obiano to once again live up to his traditional chieftaincy title name by ordering whoever is the contractor that abandoned the construction of the road that leads to my palace from Ufuma-Umunze Road back to site. We also want to remind the governor that work is no longer going on at Ufuma-Awa-Ndikwuenu-Amansea Road since 2018,” the monarch said.

Also speaking, Rector of Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze and illustrious daughter of Ufuma, Dr. Theresa Obumneme Okoli used the occasion to solicit more response from ndi Anambra on Gov. Obiano’s agricultural roadmaps. Felicitating with Igwe Uchime and the entire Ufuma Kindom, on behalf of the college community, she explained that only massive farming will see hunger chased out from households and also scale down crime rates in society.

In his own remarks, Chief Charles-Deboyle Chukwu, who was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Chinyelugo of Ufuma at the event, eulogised Gov. Obiano for charting new agricultural paradigm that redirected Anambra youths to modern farming – adding that the state will continue to reap its gains. He called on other states to cue in, as well as urging Ufuma people to continue to support Igwe Uchime who, Chukwu said, has blended their customs and tradition with unique verve and panache.

Former Councilor of Ufuma Ward II, Odira Unorji, assured massive support of Ufuma people to Gov. Obiano’s rural development programme. Tracing egwu otite Uvume as an annual festival that grows with time, while calling on Ufuma youths to rally round Igwe Uchime for wisdom and direction at all times, Unorj solicited more assistance from Gov. Obiano on youth empowerment in Ufuma.

Highlights of the event include paying annual homage to Igwe Uchime by all the villages in Ufuma and conferment of chieftaincy titles, as well as inducting deserving Ufuma indigenes into otochara ogbo league of aged people in the town. There were also cultural dances and masquerades on the sideline of the ceremony.

Meanwhile, traditional ruler of Isuofia in Aguata L.G.A, Igwe C. A.O. Muoghalu, has described Gov. Willie Obiano’s agricultural development policies as “timely and peerless” adding that the era of “theoretical strategies has given way for practical and result-driven” farming.

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