PRESIDENT general (PG) of Nise community, Awka South Local Government Area, Chief Anthony Nwabuno, has commended Governor Chukwuma Soludo for appreciating the socio-economic impact of community choose your project and upgraded it to N25,000.
The PG, who made the remark at the palace of Igwe R.N Iloh, the traditional ruler of Nise, during the 2022 Iwaji Festival, extolled the resilience of the royal father in the yearly festival, praying that God would continue to bless him with robust health.
In his remarks, the former PG of the community, Chief Chris Onor contended that God made Igbo people a unique race, arguing that even as other races in Nigeria cultivate yam, they do not attach special importance and due respect to the unique food crop. He said: ‘Iwaji festival has distinguished Igbo race; it divinely configured”.
Onor, said that he was happy with the progress being made by his successors since they have keyed into the progressive developmental template he laid for the community.
He commended the tough stance of Governor Soludo in wrestling the unknown gunmen to the ground, pointing out that Igbo people abhor spilling of blood, adding that with the suppression of the hoodlums, there is possibility of the state registering quantum socio-economic growth and development.
Earlier in his Iwaji Festival address, Igwe Iloh expressed profound appreciation of the gifts from the community based organisations and well-wishers from far and near and prayed for bountiful harvest in the coming years.
The highlights of the festival were women cultural dances, display of crocodile and lion masquerades that thrilled the mammoth guests and cash award to the farm with the largest yam produce.