The Chairman of Oshimili North Local Government Council, Hon. Innocent Esewezie, has appreciated the roles of Omus in community traditional setting, with a promise to accord them recognition in the Council Area
Esewezie, who stated this at the weekend when he led members of the legislative arm and other management staff of the Council to the palace of Omu Anioma, Dr. Martha Dunkwu, in Okpanam, for the Omu’s Annual Otite Festival, disclosed that his administration would initiate the required legislative process with a view to assigning roles to the Omus and pay them monthly stipends as applicable to the male monarchs in the local government area.
The Council Chairman noted that the Omus had, through their personal efforts, contributed to the maintenance of peace in Anioma communities, explaining that Oshimili North would assign them roles that would be backed by law to make them more relevant to the traditional institution and the Local Governnent Area in general
He said Obi Martha Dunkwu had done a lot to preserve the Omu Institution in the entire Anioma, pointing out that the Oshimili North Council would send an Executive Bill to its Legislative Arm for a By-law to accord special recognition to the Omus in the Local Governnent Area.
Esewezie stated that the Omu Institution was key to the protection and defence of the local rights of the people, especially the women, and called on his counterparts in the Anioma nation to also recognise the Omus in the Council Areas.
The Local Government Chairman said Omu Anioma, Obi Martha Dunkwu, was playing a very important role in Anioma land, adding that she had successfully showcased the culture and tradition of the Anioma nation to the global community.
In her remarks, Omu Martha Dunkwu thanked the Oshimili North Local Government Chairman for coming to celebrate the Annual Otite Festival (Roasting of Yam) with her.
She said research had shown that the Omu Institution was over 700 years old, stressing that the Omus had key roles to play in their various communities, as well as to the Anioma land, which she described as blessed and already manifesting glowingly to the world.
Obi Dunkwu regretted that the Omus were being relegated to the background in the scheme of things and urged Hon. Esewezie to be the first Council Chairman to initiate moves towards giving recognition to the Omus in his Local Governnent Area and ensure that they were paid monthly stipend.
Her words: “My son, Hon. Innocent Esewezie, if you do this for me, no matter how small the amount is, I will forever remain grateful to you. I have always loved your youthfulness, carriage, finesse and comportment as a progressive young and enlightened mind. This is a very serious matter that needs urgent attention. The Omus are suffering, they need support to carry out their duties assigned to them by our forefathers and various communities”, she appealed.