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Imo Govt hails Mbaise people for preserving Igbo culture

Imo State government has commended the people of Mbaise in Imo State for preserving the cultural heritage of Ndi Igbo, while assuring them of Governor’s resolve to work with them to improve on their infrastructure and general development.
The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, made the remark while addressing the people of  Mbaise at the 2016 Iri-ji festival.
Prince Madumere who represented the Governor of Imo State, began  his address with a message of hope and love, peace and unity.
The number two citizen of Imo State who  had part of his secondary education in Mbaise also said that Governor Okorocha has high regards for Mbaise people, adding that it is for this reason he has always worked with Mbaise people.
Speaking further, he revealed that Governor Okorocha has directed that construction work should  begin on some of the roads in the area as soon as the rains are over. He also said that academic activities will soon begin in Mbaise-Ngor-Okpala Campus of the Imo State University.
Governor Okorocha had promised to build a campus of the Imo State University in Mbaise-Ngor-Okpala axis as proposed under the administration of late Dr. Sam Mbakwe, which he has started and is about to be completed.
Prince Madumere described the event as the height of celebration of Igbo culture, which he said ‘is universal in every Igbo community’. He said that yam remains the chief crop of the Igbos and the main-stay of agriculture in the traditional Igbo society.
He described  the Iri Ji festival as symbolic and significant to the enterprise of Igbo man, adding that development of agriculture is key  to diversification of the state economy.
He also used the opportunity to call for the support of the people of Mbaise, saying that the Rescue Mission Government’s strength does not lie in force and might but in the love, cooperation and massive support it enjoys from the people, including the people of Mbaise.
The high points of the event were the visit to the barn and “Iwa Ji and Iri Ji” ceremonies, which afforded the people of Mbaise and other guests to appreciate Mbaise Nation by making donations for the execution of some of the community projects.
HRH, Eze Chidume Okoro  was the Royal Father of the Day, with Chief Dr. Pat Eke as the Chairman of the occasion.
Prince Eze Madumere was accompanied by government officials and some politicians among whom  are Chief Hilary Eke, Imo State Chairman of All Progressives Congress Chief Chidi Ibe, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Hon. Iyke Njoku, Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor of Imo State, Barr. Ngozi Njoku, Commissioner for Health and others.
Also present were Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe who is  representing Ahiazu-Mbaise Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, HRH, Eze Bernard  Enweremadu, the traditional ruler of Ngwa-Ukwu from Abia State, among others.

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