IGWE Raphael Offor of Omogho Community in Orumba North Local Government Area has commended Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State for infrastructure and socio-economic development of his community, saying they are happy that the governor extended development to other communities across the old Aguata Division.
The traditional ruler made the commendation while speaking at the flag off of the 2020 community’s new yam festival held at his palace at Isiamaehi Village.
He said that the governor’s massive investment in agriculture raised the socio-economic standards of the people of his community and effectively wiped out youths’ restiveness.
Igwe Ofor assured the governor of support of the entire people of Omogho to his administration, praying God to guide him in the choice of a successor who would be able to sustain the enviable level that his government placed Anambra State.
The traditional ruler thanked God for the peace prevailing in his community and for a good harvest expected this year and called on well-meaning individuals to think home and invest part of their wealth in their home communities.
In his own speech, the President-General of Omogho, Chief Chibuzo Anyanechi said that the New Yam Festival always afforded the community an opportunity for stock-taking and a time to plan for the future.
Anyanechi thanked the governor for his love for the community, pledging the people’s support to the government.
Earlier in his Homily, at the thanksgiving mass to commemorate the event, the parish priest of St. Pius Catholic Church, Omogho, Rev. Fr. Cyril Okpala reminded Christians of the need to always show appreciation to God for all His blessings and favour.
The cleric said that celebration of New Yam was Biblical, referring to God’s injunctions to believers to bring to His Sanctuary, the first fruit of the harvest.
The event was attended by the four Obis (traditional leaders) of the four quarters that made up the Omogho Royal Cabinet Members, friends and well wishers.
The ceremony, which was conducted in strict observance of COVID-19 protocols featured the cutting of roasted yams by the Igwe and masquerade displays.
The Director of Information in the Anambra State Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr Anthony Nweke and his wife, a princess of the kingdom were among dignitaries that attended the event.