Ezeike Obele, Nnewi.
As the countdown for the 2019 general elections draws nearer day by day, voters have been appealed to preserve their permanent voter cards so as to fully and effectively participate in the election to choose representatives of their choice. Making the appeal at Nanka during the Iwaji festival, the deputy chairman of Orumba North Local Government Council Area of Anambra State, Chief Benard Onyekelu told voters that their permanent voter card remains only an instrument with which they would use to choose their leaders in all levels of government.
Onyekwelu, who is the president general of Nanka Community, advised “I call on you to ensure you register and obtain your card for that is your strength and power to choose who rules you”. On Iwaji festival, Chief Onyekwelu explained that it is done to mark the end of farming period, which also heralds commencement of harvesting of farm produce. He ceased the opportunity to appreciate God for allowing the people to witness and celebrate yet another Iwaji festival, even as he extolled indigenes who have been identifying with developmental projects in the area, advising them to continue. He appealed to indigenes who are yet to key in the development programme of the community to do so. He particularly mentioned few indigenes whose philanthropism in the areas of human capacity building remains commendable, like Chief Peter Ebele Chinedu, Polycarp Ike Emenike pastor Ebele Peter Nwosu, among others.
Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of Nanka community, HRH Igwe Godwin Ogo Ezeilo has cried out to the federal government to come to the rescue of the community from the throes of gully erosion, which he regretted, has continued eating both the residential and farm lands. The visibly worried royal father disclosed this in an address he presented at Iwaji of the community. He noted that if urgent attention has not been taken by the federal government, sooner than latter Nanka community would cease to exist due to gully erosion menace.
He extolled the Federal government for its efforts at check making the erosion menace, but said government should pay more attention to the advancing menace occasioned by gully erosion. He pleaded with indigenes to continue helping themselves before the expecting assistance from government by providing catchment pits at every compound in the area. He thanked indigenes for their cooperation to him and town union leadership which make the two organs to be functioning effectively.