By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA – The people of Omor town in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State once again, gathered in their large numbers at the palace of their traditional ruler, His Royal Highness, HRH, Igwe Oranu Chris Chidume (Eze Ana-Ukwu, Eze Igulube of Omor town) to celebrate the inauguration of his cabinet members.
The celebration which took place at the weekend, marked his second major event as a monarch. His first major event which took place barely eight months ago, was his coronation proper as their royal father which took place after he was presented with a certificate of recognition and staff of office by His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, the Executive Governor of Anambra State on December 12, 2017.
According to a staff of the palace, Chief Odiatu Michael, the cabinet members were drawn from each of the four quarters that make up Omor town viz; Orenja, Akanator, Aturia and Amikwe.
Also speaking on behalf of the indigenes of Omor town, Chief Ikechukwu Oforkaja, a native of Orenja Quarter, disclosed that they had cause to celebrate the inauguration of the royal cabinet because the royal father took his time in selecting the people of high pedigree and social status that make up his cabinet list, including reputable lawyers, academicians and other professionals.
According to Oforkaja, the ascension of Igwe Oranu Chris Chidume to the royal throne of his forefathers since December last year, has already brought rapid development to the town, including the refurbishing of electrical installations that brought light to the town, sinking of boreholes and a work in progress to attract a commercial bank to operate in the area.
Performing the inaugural ceremony, Igwe Oranu Chris Chidume noted that in selecting the cabinet members, he took his time to look at their pedigree, social status and willingness to contribute to the development of Omor town.
He therefore charged them to see their selection as a call to service, and to work towards the betterment of Omor town. He further said that in getting the vibrant persons, they did not look at geographical locations but individual capabilities to be galvanized into their developmental strategy, bearing in mind that they have a dream of how Omor town will look like.
He advised his subjects to begin to appreciate the beauty of peace and to embrace peace, love one another, support the government of Anambra State under the able leadership of Governor Willie Obiano, even as he also admonished all Omor indigenes to be good ambassadors of Omor town wherever they find themselves.
Visibly happy at the level of acceptance of the members of the cabinet by the people of Omor town, the monarch further enjoined the people to be ready for more opportunities to work and serve in the cabinet and not to see the selection as full and final ceremony of Omor town traditional government structure as there is still room for chieftaincy title-taking ceremonies.
One of the members of the newly inaugurated royal cabinet from Orenja Quarter, Barr. Francis Onwuachi, a legal practitioner based in Onitsha, commended the Igwe for already doing so much towards the development of the town in the areas of education, job creation, banking sector, electricity, among others.
Onwuachi contended that the next step to be taken for the development of the area, after this inaugural ceremony, would be channeled towards massive infrastructural development which will take care of electricity, bank, schools and human development because the cabinet comprises experts from various fields of human endeavour, adding: “I feel so happy being in the cabinet because it will spur me to serve the town and I am also glad to be associated with the calibre of Igwe we have and members of the cabinet.”
Another member of the cabinet, Barr. Sunday Okolo from Akanator Quarter, a legal practitioner also, said: “We shall tow a very big step in the direction we are going towards making Omor town one of the best towns in Anambra State and we are committed to enthroning peace, bringing back that brotherhood and communal life which Omor town is known for.
Mr. Ofordile Julius Okeke from Akanator Quarter, a senior lecturer in the Department of Library/Information Centre, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, Igbariam Campus, said he was happy that he is not just a member of the cabinet but the secretary to the royal cabinet, adding that they will settle down for work immediately to achieve their desired objectives.
Other members of the cabinet who spoke along the same line included Dr. Emenike Anyaegbunam from Akanator Quater, an associate Professor of Psychology, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Ike, Ebonyi State; Hon. Emmanuel Oforka from Akanator Quarter, a lecturer at the Dept. of Political Science, COOU; Chief Chris Anierobi; Mr. Amobi Peter Chiamogu, lecturer, Federal Polytechnic, Oko; Hon. Emma Udegbuna, a legal practitioner and a former commissioner in Anambra State and also a one-time member of Anambra State House of Assembly and Hon. Paul Kachi Obiorah, former chairman, Ayamelum Local Government Area. They all called on the federal and state governments to reconstruct Omor/Ifite-Ogwari/Adani/Nsukka road and to establish federal health institutions in the area for the rural dwellers to have easy access to healthcare .