By Uzo Ugwunze,Ojoto
It was pomp and also nostalgic as Umu Idemili South celebrated 25 years of the creation of the Local Government Area in style.
Also, deserving illustrious sons selected from each of the seven communities that makes up the council area who had contributed immensely to the development of their various communities were honored with awards.
The Assemblyman representing Idemili South, Hon. Chuka Ezenwunne while presenting a merit award to the chief launcher, Chairman Seaman group of companies, Chief Emeka Agbanari tasked indigenes of his constituency to emulate Agbanari by investing at home.
“Chief Agbanari is an epitome of Think home philosophy. He has invested many of his businesses in the South East including Idemili South which has attracted development and employed many people.
“I urge our illustrious sons at home and in Diaspora to emulate him by establishing some of their industries at home, that is the Akulueuno our working Governor Willie Obiano has been preaching,” said Ezenwunne.
According to Agbanari I am overwhelmed to be chosen by my people to be the person to cut the Silver Jubilee cake, I promise to partner with Idemili South administration to attract more investments.
” I advise youths to shun violence, shun vote buying. God has promised to bless our hand work and endeavors to make Idemili South greater”, said Agbanari.
In his address, Transition Chairman, Hon Don Unachukwu said that the reason for the Silver Jubilee was to thank God and Umu Idemili South for ensuring that the LGA was growing from strength to strength.
” We have acheived much because I do not know it all. I am humble enough to bow to superior ideas. We saw the need to celebrate those who contributed to the developments,” said Unachukwu.
Presenting a paper titled ‘Idemili South Local Government Area: the Journey So Far,’ Prof. Mrs. Charity Emelie traced the creation of Idemili South in 1996 with headquarters at Oba but later relocated to Ojoto saying it brought development to the grassroots.
“Idemili South has fared well but can develop better. The 20million naira community chose your projects by Governor Willie Obiano is worthy of mentioning but we urge him to do more.
“Challenges faced by Idemili South include lack of availability of funds, Unstable tenure of office of the Chairman due to appointment, concentration of power at the state level.
“The current uniform LG system in Nigeria does not suit the culture of the people.The LG should be allowed to perform their statutory functions without Federal or State interference”, she said.
The first elected Council Chairman, Hon. Sylvia Abasilim, an awardee who built most of the infrastructure in the Secretariat said that it was possible because allocation was coming directly to the LGAs.
The Occasion Chairman cum President General of Ojoto, Chief Donatus Anozie thaked God for the developments experienced of the Idemili South saying that more facilities like HighCourt is needed at the Secretariat.
Moreover, the PG of Oba, Rev Chris Emelie called on State Government to tar more intra community roads and improve the electricity. “Provide better roads and adequate light for an Idemili South person he would make it’.
Royal fathers present include Igwe Gerald Mbamalu of Ojoto, Igwe Nich Obi of Nnobi and highlights of the occasion include cutting of anniversary cake, presentation of awards to illustrious sons of Idemili South.(MOI)