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Youth violence can scare investors away from Awka says Ohaneze Chieftain

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OHANEZE Ndigbo has seriously frowned against the violent activities of some recalcitrant youths in Awka capital city, harassing and intimidating people, especially potential investors allocated lands by the state government for housing and industrial projects.

  State chairman of  Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Ogene Okeke, raised the alarm while performing the inauguration of Awka South chapter of the Pan-Igbo organisation headed by Comrade Uzo Ekemezie, recently, and urged the traditional rulers in the LGA to urgently look into the ugly trend.

Chief Ogene Okeke observed that citizens of the state were reputed as great investors, who had contributed immensely to the development of different parts of the country and even abroad, but regretted that the clandestine activities of those miscreants parading as Awka youths had adversely obstructed the laudable ‘Think Home’ campaign by incumbent Governor Willie Obiano’s administration to attract investors to establish business ventures in the state.

He decried the dangerous omen which had become a devastating setback and major cog in the wheel of much-desired rapid economic and industrial advancement of the ‘Light of the Nation’, urging traditional rulers and Awka South LGA stakeholders to rise up to the challenge posed by the menacing youths.

   The Ohaneze spokesman further demanded the state command of the Nigeria Police to immediately dismantle the barricade obstructing free traffic movement at the headquarters of the security outfit at Amawbia, adding that the state government invested huge tax-payers’ money to construct the major road.

 He appealed for the state government’s support in the planned establishment of a befitting permanent secretariat of Ohaneze in the state, just as he urged local government councils to spare little monthly financial stipends for the hitch-free operation of the pan-Igbo organisation in their respective areas of jurisdiction, in the same way the western and northern authorities support ‘Afenifere’ and ‘Arewa’ socio-cultural organisations.

   Admonishing the newly inaugurated Ohaneze executive committee and all its members in Awka South LGA to close ranks and work harmoniously in order to keep their flag flying high, Chief Okeke Ogene asserted that the Igbo race still remains the envy of other tribes in the country due to the famed spirit of unity, perseverance and resourcefulness of the people in all spheres of life and fields of human endeavour.

   In a welcome address by branch chairman of Ohaneze, Comrade Ekemezie,  thanked the state team for making their dreams come true and promised that they would be loyal and contribute their expected quotas to the advancement of the body, but lamented that financial handicaps and nonchalant attitude of most Igbo elite remain the major constraints they face.

  The Ohaneze chairman and members of his entourage had earlier on arrival, paid a courtesy call on the chairman of the LGA,  Leo Nwuba, represented by the council’s secretary, Mr. Chinedu Onwugbolu, commissioned a new Ohaneze office in the LG secretariat and later addressed the Awka South Traditional Rulers’ Council, chaired by Igwe Ugochimalueze R.N. lloh of Nise with Igwe Dr Gibson Nwosu (EzeUzu II Awka), (Igwe T.N. Ezenwaka (Ochiagha II Ezinato), Igwe Dr Joel Egwuonwu (EzeUdo II Umuawulu) and Igwe S.I. Okafor (Ogene Okpuno), who is also the vice chairman of Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council,in attendance.

   Among members of the executive committee sworn-in on the occasion were Chief Rufus Kachi (deputy chairman), Chinedu Nkwoukwu (vice chairman), Sir Raphael Okeke (Secretary), Sir Chudi Nwafor (financial secretary), Joseph Nwimo (assistant organizing secretary), Mr. Ekene Nweke (youth leader), Mr. Ekwuocha Lawrence Ifeanyi (treasurer) and Pharm. Henry Iloh as the public relations officer.

   Others are Mrs. Caroline Ajuorah (woman leader), Mrs. Ifeoma Okeke (asst. woman leader), Peter Nwankwo (legal adviser), Mr. Chika Nwoye (provost),as well as Mr. Tochukwu Nweke (legal adviser II), Mr.Aiza Nwosu(assistant provost) and Mr. Ekene Nweke, sworn-in as the youth leader.

   Also in the executive committee are Mr. Martin Ekwozor (organizing secretary),Mr Elee Onyebuchi (assistant youth leader) and Mr. Molokwu (assistant financial secretary), while Mr. Oliseh Nwosu, Mrs. Esther Nwoye, Mr. Chekwube Okoli, Mr. Samuel Ibe and Mrs. Ebele Nwokike emerged as ex-officio members.

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