Chief Anukam empowers Owerri Age grades for Oru Owere festival

Plans for the 2018 Annual Oru Owere festival is on top gear as the executives of Owerri Communities Assembly are leaving no stone unturned to ensure a hitch free and successful occasion.
The interim President-General of Owerri Communities Assembly (OCA), Hon. Chief (Dr.) Christian Oweaya Anukam, KSM (Agbawo Dike Izu Owerri) disclosed this while briefing newsmen last week in his office in Owerri during a joint meeting of the executives and chairmen/secretaries of the Owerri Age Grades.
Chief Oweaya stated that N4m has been mapped out for the event by the OCA out of which some amount has been disbursed to 76 age grades, adding that the remaining ones will collect their at a later date.
According to the interim president, the grants are to enable the age grades make adequate preparations which include hiring of canopies, chairs and other logistics arrangements as the case may be.
He explained that Oru Owere proper which is scheduled for July 2018 is preceded by “Ihu ji” ceremony which is the affairs of the “Oha Owere” institution.  The age grades are charged with the responsibility of the grand finale.
The Interim President –General directed the executives of age grades to form effective committees to handle the planning of the grand finale of Oru Owere, assuring them that the programme will be totally financed by the assembly.
Chief Oweaya also promised that “we shall et financial assistance from All Workers’ Community Bank who are our tenants”.
He said that as a tested and trusted elected leader of OCA for eight years with additional two years on interim capacity, he would call it quits soon.  He, therefore, called on the people of Owerri to prepare for election of new excecutive members shortly after the festival.
The OCA officers that attended the meeting included Chief (Dr.) Oweaya Anukam, KSM (President-General), Sir Ferdinand Emeruwa (secretary-general), Mr. Arthur Ijegbulam (member), Engr. Eric Njoku, Chief Osita Odimara, Chief Anthony Eziefula, Mr. Nelson Oparaugo, Davidson Nze, Samson Osuji and Charles Anokwu, that is, two members respectively from each village.
Chief Oweaya also pointed out that he is aware of the publication which some group of people made in some local tabloids on 13th June, 2018, on the takeoff of Oru Owere, stating that he is no longer the president-general of Owerri Community Assembly.
He stated that he is now the interim president-general of Owerri Communities Assembly and regretted that the said publication was signed by some Owerri indigenes, one Yoruba man and one Hausa man who are not indigenes of Oweri Nchi ise.