Traditional rulers in Arondizuogu have been charged to bury their differences and reunite in order to promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the people.
The President General of Arondizuogu Patriotic Union (APU), Chief Uche Ohia, made the appeal at the weekend, when he received the report of the 2009 Ikeji Arondizuogu Festival from the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Dr. Chidi Marume.
Ohia regreted the confusion that arose on the actual date of the 2009 Ikeji Festival, which resulted in conflicting media advertisements, as well as multiple celebrations of the popular annual carnival.
â€œAPU will work closely with the Arondizuogu Traditional Council to ensure that such a discrepancy does not occur again in the years aheadâ€, Chief Ohia promised.
The APU boss said union had concluded plans to boost domestic and international tourism in Imo State by upgrading Ikeji Arondizuogu Festival to the standard of Argungu Fishing Festival and Eyo Festival.
He called for support of the State and Federal Ministries of Culture and Tourism and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) to achieve the desired goal.