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Achalla marks New Yam Festival



New yam festival

…Calls for govt’s presence in community

ACHALLA community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Saturday, celebrated their 2022 New Yam Festival with a call for government’s presence in the community.

  Speaking during the celebration, president general  of the community, the Chief Nnamdi Michael Ikwunne, lamented that their roads have been cut off by flood and abandoned over the years.

  “We thought we would have been among those listed in the phase 1 of the state government’s road rehabilitation project, but they excluded us saying we would be shortlisted in the phase 2.

  “We have to wait as they said but if at the end of the day we are not involved, we will go confrontational against the state government because we voted massively for Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo and APGA.

  “We want state government to declare Achalla ‘a state of emergency’, we have rough roads; it shows injustice done to us despite that we are council headquarters. We tow part of peace and very contributive to this government.

  “Achalla is the food basket of the state and we need good roads to evacuate our farm produce to the cities, but we are neglected. The council secretariat, schools, among other places, are ghost areas,” the PG lamented.

  Contributing, Igwe Sunny Nwokedi urged Governor Soludo to come to the rescue of the people towards infrastructural development of the community, adding that the community has been abandoned for years, especially on road projects.

  Lamenting that the community has been marginalised despite her support to Governor Soludo, Igwe Nwokedi commended Senator Uche Ekwunife for embarking on the rehabilitation of one of the major roads in the community without the community asking her for such gesture.

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  In his speech, the former president general of the community, Chief Nwatanayoeze, stressed the need for the state government to come to their need, adding that as food basket of the state, priority attention should be rendered to them.

  In his own speech, the cabinet secretary, Chief Nworah Patrick, urged Governor Soludo to rehabilitate their roads, hinting that the community has the best export of rice in Nigeria.

  Also on the  hard drug, Mkpulumili, (methamphetamine) consumption by youths, he advised them to emulate those of them that are youths but public servants, pointing out that such drugs consumption  ruin one for life.

  One of the network giants, MTN, that sponsored the occasion, through its team, led by Mr. Ojima Prince, said that Igbo people didn’t play with their cultural heritage, adding that MTN as part of communication, was there for information dissemination.

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