The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Chief Johnny Chukwu, has called for renewed interest in agriculture.
He said this would enable the nation to harness numerous benefits derivable from agriculture and also, lessen dependence on oil.
Chief Chukwu, who was speaking at the maiden Iri Ji ( New Yam) cultural festival of the Odu Na Izuoha community in Amuzi, Ahiazu Mbaise, Imo State, held at the Community Primary School Amuzi, said that it would also fight back hunger and poverty, as well as boost food production and security while stemming the tide of crime.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Ahiazu LGA Director of Administration and General Services (DAGS) Comrade Alex Megwa, commended the people for promoting the rich Igbo cultural heritage.
He lauded the community for sustaining the peace, unity good neighbourliness they are known for and praised the traditional ruler, Eze Dr. James Okoronkwo for his humility and all-encompassing leadership traits which he noted has kept the community aglow with laudable developments.
Comrade Megwa, represented by the Area Information Officer, Mr. Damian Anyanwu, extolled the community for supporting their vigilante outfits and urged them not to relent for water-tight security and safety.
Former Minister of Education (State), Prof. (Mrs.) Viola Onwuliri called on parents to inculcate Igbo language and culture in their children and wards to guard against undue western culture influence, moral decadence and same time enhance their chances of employment.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Zephrinus Njoku of the Department of Science Education, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Enugu State urged the people of Odu Na Izuoha to support the traditional ruler sustain the rich cultural fiesta.
He commended Chief Johny Chukwu for attracting Amuzi Ihenweorie road and implored the well to do in Amuzi not to relent in assisting the young ones found their feet.
Presenting his address, the traditional ruler of Odu Na Izuoha, Eze Dr. Okoronkwo appreciated his people for their contributions and support and thanked the organizing committee for working assiduously to make the event a success.
He said the fete which offers palatable platform for get together with friends, relatives and well wishers, also provides opportunity for intellectual discourse and forum for fashioning out ways to advance the community and the area at large.
In a vote of thanks, the Organizing Committee Chairman, Maiden Iri Ji Odu Na Izuoha, Sir Cosmas Oparah lauded the people of Amuzi for their unity of purpose and urged them to remain steadfast and focused for enduring peace and progress.
The event, which attracted dignitaries such as Eze Saby Nwaneche of Ogwuama, Eze Innocent Ugochukwu of Amuzi, Rtd. Air Commodor Peter Gbujie, Dr. Onyema Gbujie, Sir. Akachi Gbujie, Arc. Lemdi Anako, Chief Longinus Nnodim, Surv. Chibuzo Nwagwu, Bar. Ernest Nwagwu, Engr. Felix Chukwu, Chief Inocent Nwachukwu and Otitonna Chukwu, among others, featured Iwaji, Ekpe cultural dance, presentation of yams to the eze by the women and welcome songs by the children of Odu Na Izuoha.