Traditional Rulers of Ideani, Ugbene and Orsumoghu of Anambra state have received certificates of recognition from the State government.
Governor Willie Obiano performed the function at the Governor’s Lodge, Anawbia
Government House Correspondent, Ejike Abana reports that this makes it the fifty third certificate presented by Governor Obiano’s administration since inception.
While Igwe Steven Onyekwelu Ezeji was recognized as the traditional ruler of Ideani in Idemili North council area, Igwe Samson Chimakwa was recognized as the traditional ruler of Ugbene in Awka North council area as well as Igwe Elochukwu Mbanefo who was given certificate as the traditional ruler of Orsumoghu in Ihiala Council area.
Presenting the certificates, Governor Obiano charged them to use the opportunity to unify their communities which he said will cause peace in their community and Anambra in general.
He urged them to involve the youths in their community with their cabinets as a way of getting them part of the discussion to help tackle the challenge of cultism.
Commissioner for local government and Chieftaincy matters, Chief Greg Obi said that Governor Obiano simplified the process of giving certificates Oyiano Traditional rulers-elect by following the tradition of the communities.
He disclosed that the traditional ruler of Osumoghu died in 1985 and that the community members came together to have a consensus candidate.
Chairman of the South East and Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Alfred Achebe reminded them that they were selected by the community, urging them to lead with truth and love which engender progress.
Igwe Achebe announced that in Anambra, they meet as traditional rulers periodically at the State, senatorial and local government levels and asked them to attend those meetings for the good of their communities.
A stakeholder in Osumoghu who is also the Director General of Anambra Road Maintenance Agency, Chief Emeka Okoye pledged to support their traditional ruler to rule well.
The event was also graced by Deputy Speaker ANSHA, Dr. Paschal Agbodike, Traditional Ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu, Traditional Ruler of Akweze, Igwe Ndubuisi Okpala, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba and his Basic Education counterpart, Prof. Kate Omenugha, Special Adviser to the Governor on Local government and Chieftaincy matters, Barr. Vera Okonkwo, among others.
During the course of the event, Traditional music performances took place.