TRADITIONAL ruler and Okwaeze IV of Ndiokpalaeze in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Frederick Okoli has commended Gov. Willie Obiano’s performance in the agricultural sector, attributing it to his go-getter, cutting-edge policies.
Igwe Okoli gave the commendation while speaking to National Light in his palace at a ceremony to mark the 2019 New Yam Festival.
According to him, Gov. Obiano did not take long to give agriculture its pride of place in the state’s economy, by bringing new commitment and direction to end previous lip service of past administrations.
“Before in this state, some traditional rulers used to buy yams from other towns to celebrate new yam festivals. Now, it’s no longer so. Not only have all of us gone into farming with renewed vigour and dedication, but our subjects also joined. This is because we have an administration that has given agriculture a pride of place in its priority, an administration that has made farming lucrative and attractive through massive investment to see that people return take it up as vocations to fight poverty. That’s why today every traditional ruler celebrates their new yam festival with yams harvested from their farms. All the yams you see on display here were all from our farms and in my personal capacity, I am giving awards to three best yielding yams, with consolation prizes from fourth to 10th best yielding others…”
Speaking on the significance of new yam festival in his community, the monarch stated that “it’s an age-long ceremony to marks harvest of the first fruit.
Igwe Okoli equally used the event to solicit Gov. Obiano’s intervention in the road linking his community with Ndikelionwu, by giving it new facelift.
Earlier in a separate interview, President-General of Ndiokpalaeze, Mazi Dozie Nwosu, lauded Gov. Obiano in his efforts to transform more rural areas into urban towns.
Singling out the community-choose-your-project initiative for special mention, Nwosu stated that “Ndiokpalaeze had never had it so good under any administration in Anambra State. We have benefitted tremendously under the first and second phases of the governor’s rural development policy, both in terms of human and physical infrastructure which we hope will be bequeathed to those coming behind us as legacy projects.”
According to Nwosu, Ndiokpalaeze has also attracted a World Bank-assisted village road project which, he said, was made possible by Gov. Obiano’s goodwill.