Pomp, as Ihiala community celebrates New Yam, sets up education programme

By Editor on 15/09/2021

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Determined to improve the educational standard, the Ihiala community in Ihiala local government of Anambra State has instituted a special Award for Excellence for first class graduates.

The traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Thomas Obidiegwu, who announced this during the annual Iri ji (New Yam Festival) of the community, also announced the introduction of scholarship for exceptionally brilliant indigent students.

The monarch who bemoaned the worrisome level of cultism as well as drugs and substance abuse in the community said measure would be put in place to curtail the unwholesome behaviours which he said were totally strange to the community.

“This year's celebration is unique as it will mark the beginning of some innovative programmes aimed at behavioral change in the attitudes of youths and the young ones.  We are launching today a serious campaign against drugs and substance abuse as well as cultism

“We believe that unless a decisive step is taken to curtail this dangerous trend, we will lose our young ones to drugs and substance abuse. Also worrisome is cultism and its ugly consequences."

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He said he will soon announce a committee to midwife and develop a blueprint for the implementation of the programme.

Chief Ody Chukwube, the Chairman of the Planning Committee, enjoined Ihiala people to join hands with the Oluoha in eradicating drugs and substance abuse as well as cultism.

He announced the plans of the community to construct a permanent Central Palace for the Oluoha soon, which he said would among other things, have a museum for the protection of relics in the monarchy which has lasted over 700 years.

The Deputy Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Paschal Agbodike in his speech noted that the Igbo of the South East should embrace agriculture, adding that over-dependency in crude oil had made the country a monolithic economy.

Agbodike, urged other communities to borrow a leaf from the Ihiala Community in exemplary celebration of Iri ji festivals. He urged them to access soft loans from Agricultural banks to improve food production in the country.

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Titled men men filing out at the event

Those present at the occasion include the governorship candidate of Zenith Labour Party ( ZLP), Chief Obiora Okonkwo, Chief Akachukwu Nwankp  of African Democratic Congress and the running mate to Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressive Grand Alliance ( APGA), Dr Onyeka Ibezim.

 

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com.ng

Posted on September, 15 2021

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