Onitsha – The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, has urged government to map out strategies to forestall flood disasters in the country.
Achebe made the call in Onitsha, Anambra, on Friday at his 10th coronation anniversary and 2012 Ofala festival.
He commiserated with victims of flood disasters in the country and commended Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra for his efforts in evacuating and rehabilitating victims.
He said that peace and reconciliation built on truth and transparency had been his guiding principle since the past ten years.
“We have achieved the goals we set in the past 10 years but there are still areas to look into, such as education and youth empowerment, “ he said.
Achebe said he would improve on the vacation tutorial programme for the children, introduced some years ago to facilitate the admission of students from the area, to tertiary institutions.
The traditional ruler said his cabinet would design a framework for the development of Onitsha inland town in collaboration with the state government.
The Obi, who commended the Federal Government for approving the completion of Zik’s Mausoleum, called for the creation of Orumili State from Anambra.
In his goodwill message, Obi said the state government was committed toward rebuilding Onitsha, citing the ongoing road project in the city as part of his administration’s efforts in that direction.
The governor congratulated the traditional ruler on his anniversary celebration and prayed for his success on throne.
In his remark, the Deputy Speaker ,House of Representatives, Rep. Emeka Ihedioha, assured the people that the National Assembly would appropriate fund for the development of the town in the 2013 budget.
The ceremony, which was attended by dignitaries from across the country, witnessed royal dance by the Igwe accompanied by titled chiefs. (NAN)