UKPO community in Dunukofia Local Government Area kept one of the most glamorous Igbo traditions the “Iwa Ji” celebration aglow as its traditional ruler, Igwe Robert Eze (Okofia VI) performed the ceremony in grand style.
Some of the events which spiced the occasion were the “Ezeji” competition, showcasing the best yam exhibition, unveiling of the Ukpo Museum Project prototype, “Awanji” lecture on national security, cultural displays and dances, and the traditional ruler dancing to the Igba Ijele.
In a keynote lecture delivered by Air Vice Marshall C. Okpala (retired) on the “Role of Communities in the Fight Against Insecurity in Nigeria”, Mr. Okpala noted that the issue of security is everybody’s business and should not be confined to security agencies alone.
According to the retired Air Vice Marshall, the key to addressing security challenges in Nigeria is seeing something and doing something.
Another discussant on National security, Group Captain Benson Okoye (retired), a former president General of Ukpo , noted that the success of every security lies in the trust in God.
On his part, Colonel (Dr) Geoff Onyejegbu (retired), another discussants on National security amplified the need for governments at all levels to make the security of lives and property of all Nigerians their primary assignments.
In a speech, the Chairman Ukpo Ceremonies Committee, Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze highlighted the imperatives of the “Awanji” Ukpo as a rallying point for the Ukpo community to showcase their rich cultural heritage with the museum project to preserve and guard it jealously.
Messages of solidarity were directed to the traditional ruler by the transition committee chairman for Dunukofia Local Government Area, Chief Emeka Chinweze, the council’s supervisor for health, Mr. Uchenna Malaobi, President General of the Ukpo Improvement Union, Chief Chukwuemeka Chukwuka, a former provost of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Dr. Josephat Okoye and Chief Joseph Nwakpadolu from the Aguata Constituency.
One of the major highlights of the occasion was the presentation of excellence award to Professor Chinyere Okunna, a former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, among others.