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Anambra Speaker feted as Ifite-Ogwari monarch marks New Yam Festival



TRADITIONAL ruler of Ifite-Ogwari in Ayamelum Local Government Area, Anambra State, Igwe Alphonsus Ofuebe, has conferred awards of honour on the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Uchenna Okafor and some other illustrious sons of the community, for their outstanding contributions for the development of the community.

  The traditional ruler, who gave the awards while celebrating the 2021 New Yam Festival at his palace, explained that the honour was to appreciate and encourage the awardees to do more for the overall development of Ifite-Ogwari community in particular, and Anambra State as well as Nigeria at large.

  The Ifite-Ogwari monarch emphasised the importance of peace in the development of society, and appealed the federal government to empower the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to perform optimally towards restoration of peace and order in the country.

  While performing the symbolic cutting of roasted new yam, the traditional ruler commended the federal government for empowering the farmers in the community, and emphasised that a lot is still needed to be done to better the lots of Nigerian farmers.

  Igwe Ofuebe  prayed for the progress of Ifite-Ogwari community, the  entire Ayamelum LGA, Anambra State, as well as Nigeria and advised Ifite-Ogwari youths, famers and traders  to remain committed in their studies, work and businesses, respectively, urging them to maintain a lifestyle devoid of all forms of social vices.

  Responding, the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Okafor, who is also a son of the soil, thanked Igwe Ofuebe and the entire Ifite-Ogwari community, for the honour they accorded him, and for their efforts towards sustaining the long aged culture and tradition of New Yam Festival of the community.

   The speaker, who did not fail to appreciate the community for their support, especially prayers for him, informed them that the state House of Assembly is tackling the challenges facing the state through the assistance and cooperation of the state executive.

  He further expressed gratitude to the state governor, Chief Dr Willie Obiano, saying that the governor had done enough with the state Ministry of Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs in promoting Igbo culture with a view to ensuring that the identity of the Igbo race does not go into extinction.

  In their separate remarks, the traditional prime minister of the community, High Chief George Okoye; the President-General of the Ifite-Ogwari Improvement Union, Chief Oliver Okonkwo; his predecessor, Chief Chukwudi Ekwunife and the Deputy President-General, Chief Nwaorji Ikeozara, described Ifite-Ogwari as one of the food baskets of the country, but expressed displeasure over the dilapidated condition of the Onitsha-Otuocha-Adani federal road and other feeder roads in the area which they said, hamper the smooth evacuation of farm produce from the area to urban cities.

  Special performance by Nwaugwu, Izaga and Asato masquerades, as well as different cultural dances by the people of the community added glamour to the occasion.

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