PEOPLE of Owerre-Ezukala in Orumba South Local Government Area have honoured Chief Willie Obiano with a premier traditional chieftaincy title in recognition of his peerless performance as governor of Anambra State.
The award was conferred on Gov. Obiano at Owerre-Ezukala Civic Centre amid fanfare during a ceremony to mark the town’s 2019 annual Okika Ji New Yam Festival.
According to the traditional ruler of Owerre-Ezukala, Igwe T. O. Ogbonnaya, his subjects joyfully rolled out the red carpet for Gov. Obiano to celebrate his strategic interventions in the town that have not only re-launched the town comity of Anambra State, but also repositioned them for greater exploits.
Igwe Ogbonnaya specifically listed three things which, he said, the community benefitted from the Obiano-led administration, including rediscovery of Ogba Ukwu Cave and Waterfalls and resolving the town’s protracted kingship dispute, as well as facilities constructed under the governor’s flagship rural development initiative of community-choose-your-project.
“We, the people of Owerre-Ezukala cannot thank Gov. Willie Obiano (Akpokuodike-Global) enough for his performance in office. We are proud to join other communities to recognise this good leader of sterling quality because Owerre-Ezukala has benefitted tremendously. He is the first governor of Anambra State to turn Ogba Ukwu Cave and Waterfalls into first class destination for tourists. Today, people from China, India, Israel and host of other foreign nationals visit Owerre-Ezukala almost daily to behold the wonder that God deposited in the site. We also benefitted durable roads, but proper census of Gov. Obiano’s intervention in our town will be incomplete if we forget that he is the only governor that resolved an age-long kingship dispute that nearly tore the town apart. That’s why we have called him forward to be conferred with the traditional title of ‘Obataobie of Owerre-Ezukala’, to immortalise his name in our annals as the only person who came and took Owerre-Ezekala where we ought to be in Anambra State. We know that this will motivate the governor for more work,” Igwe Ogbonnaya said.
Speaking after taking the chieftaincy title, which he dedicated to God and all men of goodwill, Gov. Obiano who was represented at the occasion by Head of Service, Harry Udu, expressed his delight at being rewarded for his performance, adding that kudos must also go to members of his administration for their selflessness and commitment to public good. The governor equally urged the people to keep faith with their culture as a link between the present and the past as they move to the future.
Also while fielding questions from National Light at the occasion, a philanthropist and indigene of Umuchukwu in Orumba South L. G. A, Chief Lawrence Chuks Adibe eulogised Gov. Obiano’s rare dedication to rural development, adding that every community has continued to benefit.
Speaking on the significance of the traditional chieftaincy title of Ochiliozuo I of Owerre-Ezukala, which he received at the same occasion, Adibe said that he was honoured for his role in bringing peace and development to the community when there was problem.