The Chairman of Igboezue Facts Finding Committee, Barr.Fabian Ogbutor has called on members of the Abia State chapter of the association to be calm and committed in the discharge of their duties. Ogbutor made the call recently at Umuahia during the facts finding visit by members of the committee.to put a stop to the fictionalization of the state chapter. He said that every effort must be made to maintain the ideology of the founders of the association. He added that Igboezue was formed to redirect the attention of the Igbo society toward keeping its cultural values and norms and will not do well if there are divisions. According to him, Abia State chapter should wait for the final decision of the committee. Speaking to our Correspondent, the National Youth Leader and a member of its National Executive Committee, Chief Christopher Kalu added his voice that Igboezue members in Abia State should be committed and hardworking for the association to realize its aims and objectives. “With commitment and hardworking, Abia State chapter will overtake other state chapters in due course.” he said. Members of the committee include Barr. Fabian Ogbutor Chairman, Barr. F.A. Onwuach- Secretary and Mr John Nwabueze, Vice Chairman, Others are Comrade C.C. Amafor, Chief Everest Ezihe, Hon Alphonsus Nwali and Mrs Chieso Aminwigwe. All the 17 Local Government chairmen of the association in Abia State were also in attendance.
The Council of Ohafia Monarchs in collaboration with the Ohafia Improvement Union Incorporated in Abia State, on Saturday celebrated the Pan Ohafia New Yam Festival to celebrate the arrival of the new yam and at the same time show-case the cultural prowess of the entire Ohafia, aimed at uniting the people and entertaining their guests. This aspect of the Ohafia people’s culture remains fundamental to the Ohafia people's sense of identity The event featured live performances of many cultural troupes including the famous Ohafia War dance, Ekpe Ukwu, Maiden dances, Dibia Okon and others The living legend and King of high life, Chief Paulson Kalu, entertained guests with his evergreen melodious tunes.The high point of the occasion was the conferment of a Chieftaincy title of Ishi Bu Uzo Abia Nke Ohafia Udumeze on the governor by His Paramountcy, Ezieogo Prof. E.U.L.Imaga, Udumeze of Ohafia and Chairman, Ohafia Council of Monarchs. The governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu,who also opened the Traditional Council Hall built and donated by Hon Ifeanyi Uchendu later expressed appreciation for the honour done him. The event attracted many high profiled Ohafia men adorned in their warriors’ caps “Okpu agu’ an associated product of Ohafia military heroism and other notable Nigerians among whom are, the Executive Governor of Abia State, who was the Special Guest of Honour, Chief Umeh Kalu, SAN, Abia State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Elder Chief Kalu U.Kalu, former Chairman, Union Bank Nigeria PlC, His Eminence,Most Rev.Nzie Nsi Eke, Prelate and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Hon. Dr. B.O. Orji, President General, Ohafia Improvement Union Incorporated, General A.K.Ibrahim,Brigade Commander 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Col.Nwakonobi, Garrison Commander,14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Chief Okwara O. Okwara,Chief Dr. Emmanuel U.Ukpai, Hon.Engr.John Eke, Executive Chairman, Ohafia LGA, Nze Uche Uche Ohafia among others. This year’s annual festival and celebration of harvest was sponsored by Hon. Ifeanyi Uchendu, member representing Ohafia South Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly.
Twelve communities in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River have been flooded following two days of heavy rain, while more than 3,000 farmlands were equally destroyed. The incident, which occurred between the late hours of Sept. 18 and the early hours of Sept. 19, has rendered hundreds of residents homeless as properties worth millions of naira were destroyed. Mr John Inaku, the Director-General, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), on Sunday, during an inspection of the affected areas, said that the economic survival of residents of the submerged communities had been seriously affected. Inaku stated that more than 1,000 people have been displaced and are taking refuge in nearby communities. According to him, the state government has promised to address the plight of the people. Some of the communities affected are Bago, Unu, Bagabo, Bakie, Bufua, and Kakwe-Beebo. “The deluge of Sept. 18 and 19 has caused massive flooding in 12 communities in Cross River. “Properties worth millions of naira were equally destroyed in the process. “The flood also destroyed farmlands; crops such as banana, cassava, plantain, yam, cocoa and others were also affected while some bridges were washed away. “The worst aspect of the flood is that it also destroyed streams which served as the only source of drinking water for the people, while the main access road was washed away as a result of landslide,’’ he said. One of the victims, Mr Bette Obi, Chairman of Cross River Forestry Commission, told NAN that the flood had wreaked serious havoc on residents of the area. Obi, who said his cocoa and plantain farms were destroyed by the flood, appealed to the state and Federal Government to come to their aid. “As we speak, our farmlands have been washed away by flood. The streams where we fetch water for drinking has been polluted. “We urgently need government’s assistance in our communities to ameliorate our plights,’’ Obi said. Another victim, Mr Gabriel Ofre, traditional ruler of Bago community, said that the flood had displaced his entire household and that his property and other vital materials destroyed as well. Ofre appealed to SEMA and NEMA to come to their aid, saying that residents of the area were peasant farmers, who lived on the meagre earnings from their farm produce.