Thursday, 12 June 2014

Traditional Rulership Tussle marred Gov. Obiano's road contruction flagg-off at Ogbaru

people fighting : two caucasian  men exercising thai boxing in silhouette studio  on white background
There was a mild drama last Wednesday at the Umunankwo end venue of a proposed road construction billed to be officially flagged-off when two elderly men who lay claim to the traditional rulership of Ogwu- Aniocha community in Ogabru Local Government Area both arrived to the venue of the flag-off in complete royal regalia.
Both claimants to the stool we later gathered are half-brothers from different mothers as their father married six wives when he was alive.
The drama started when Chief Nwajeri Nnaji the younger brother to the other claimant who first arrived the venue of the occasion was seen acknowledging cheers from his supporters on the shout of “Igwe! Igwe!! Igwe!!!” Rented the air.
Not comfortable with the acknowledgment supporters of Chief Oliver Nnaji who is believed to be the elder brother of Chief Nwajeri Nnaji could not withhold their patience and demanded that Chief Nwajeri Nnaji should vacate the seat he was occupying as he was not the government recognised traditional ruler, a position which his supporters rejected claiming that it was the community that enthroned him as their traditional and not chief Oliver Nnaji who was given a certificate of recognition by the Anambra State Government on 12th of March this year.
However, the situation was brought under control when naval personnel who had arrived the venue to maintain security dispersed the crowd while the claimants remained still on their seats.
During the flag- off of work at the 14.5km Umunankwo/Mputu/Ogwu- Aniocha road construction which is estimated to cost the state government about N4.5 billion naira, the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano reminded the beneficiaries the need to co-operate with the contractor to achieve the desired result, stressing that when completed it would open up economic and social activities of the people who would no longer find it difficult to evacuate their farm produce as they were mainly farmers.
In an interview, Ogbaru Local Government Chairman, Chief Victor Agolue  thanked the governor for awarding contract for the construction of the road which he said would link up the indigenes with their kiths  and kin in Ihiala and beyond. He remarked that the road with enhance economic and social life of the people.
In his reaction the President- General of Ogwu- Aniocha community, Mr. Innocent Udom and two other community leaders, Messrs Joseph Uzoamaka and Lawrence Emejor stressed the importance of the road to the three benefitting communities and promised to work towards the timely completion of the road and advised the contractor, TAMAD construction Ltd not to disappoint the people.

Aminu Chimezie, Onitsha



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