By: Sunny David/Akwa
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has assured the State Government commitment to commence rehabilitation of riverine communities affected by flood, distribution of relief materials and palliatives to residents immediately the flood recedes.
He noted that farmers and fishermen whose means of livelihood were destroyed in the flood will be assisted to restart their businesses.
Governor Obiano disclosed this when presenting Certificates of Recognition to Traditional Rulers of two communities in Ogbaru Council Area, Igwe Fidelis Nofor Onumonu, (Igwe Onumonu 3) of Umunankwo Community and Igwe Lawrence Ogugua Oduah of Akiliozizor Community.
The Governor said the recognition should afford the newly elected traditional rulers the opportunity to pursue peace among members of the community, reminding them of the need to support his administration.
Governor Obiano harped on the need for the traditional rulers to also focus on initiating programs for youth’s empowerment and mobilization, to complement government’s efforts to gainfully engaging them away from crime.
Speaking, the Commissioner for Local Government Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters, Mr. Greg Obi said all the necessary processes were duly followed before the traditional rulers emerged and emphasized the efforts of the Obiano administration in resolving traditional ruler-ship tussles and enthroning leaderships is to entrench peace at the grassroots.
Also contributing, Igwe Augustine Azuka Ngoddy of Atani reminded the new royal fathers of the responsibility they owe their people to be upright and transparent in their dealings and urged people of the communities to rally round them to enable them succeed.
The Monarch stressed that the traditional rulers are very key in community mobilization, noting that the way Governor Obiano handles their issues goes a long way to show the premium he attaches to community development.
In their remarks respectively, the newly-recognized traditional rulers expressed appreciation to the state government for recognizing them and pledged to lead their people with the fear of God and in the path of peace and progress.