Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Community makes case for federal road, says Abuja from East would be one hour if constructed

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The traditional ruler of Owelle, Anambra West Local Government Area, Anambra State, HRH Igwe Sir Anthony Okechukwu Onyekwere (J.P), Ukpashi 1 of Owelle has commended the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano for including their road project on Anambra 2017 budget.

Igwe Onyekwere, who revealed that the road project would help in boosting both the state and national agricultural production when completed, because according to him, Owelle is an agrarian community renowned for fishing from her natural ponds, yam cultivation, stone free rice production, okra and others in commercial quantity, further called on the federal government to assist the state government in giving them accessible road.

He said, “Our road project having been captured in a budget shows that Willie meant well of us. He is doing this even when election time has not commenced. We are commending him for that. We need road more than anything. With road, Owelle that is now ejeje (impassable) would become passable. Road brings development. With tarred road, Owelle would become 15 minutes drive to Awka; and one hour to Abuja. It is a fastest route to Abuja by road.

“Therefore, we are begging the federal government to join hands with the state government to make this a reality because our road is a federal road. This is an agrarian community with great farmers. We are renowned for yam cultivation, stone free rice productions, fishing from natural ponds, nduko (potatoes), okra and so on. This is why our new yam festival holds mostly on August is always talk of the town”.

In a similar vein, the monarch revealed that it was from his community, Owelle that all communities with prefix or affix such as Ezi-owelle, Owelle-uno, Owelle-ezukala, and others existing in Anambra, Imo, Abia, and so on, migrated from.

According to him, “My people, Owelle migrated from Odecha moka to this coast where we currently live. You remember that migration was previously carried out through the seas, rivers and oceans. We are living along the coast. It was from here that Owelle-Ezukalla and others left to where they currently live… They have all realised this. I am preparing to present them with ofor (staff of authority) during my next ofala festival.

“Igbos ought to find out their origin. Sometimes they claim to have come from Europe or Egypt. The truth remains that whiteman cannot give birth to black man. But a blackman can give birth to whiteman. So, it is from here that the Europe and other part of the world migrated from. Our language is Olu. It was from tower of Babel that different languages were introduced.  That is why Yoruba, Igala and others are copied to us. Our tradition is still intact. We believe on the Supreme God. This is why Christianity and Traditional religions are in existence here.

“We have three notable traditions namely, Ichualo which is when we celebrate new yam, Ugboroegwu (celebration of the masquerades), and the third used in thanking God for the coming of Jesus Christ. These celebrations witnessed influx of people from all parts of the country. This is why there are people from Abia, Delta, Anambra and other part of the country here today I am observing iyipu akawa uju (one year memorial service) of my departed mother, whose burial was held on 25th February, 2016. Iyom Mbanugo is mother general, mother of all”.

Speaking in an interview, a personal assistant to the monarch, Comrade Raphael Obeche, who led his fellow staff of ANCOTELS Ventures Limited, a renowned general contracts company in the country owned by the celebrant to the celebration, described the Igwe as a humble man to the core, maintaining their relationship had been cordial like father and son, even as he prayed God to grant him wisdom of Solomon for him to lead well his subjects. 



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