It was a colourful ceremony at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State on Saturday when the community honoured the wife of Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano with the traditional title of Kpakpando n’ Ukpor bestowed by His Royal Majesty, Dr. Sir. Felix Onyimadu, KSJi Nwajiaku VI Igwe Ukpor.
The conferment of traditional title on the founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) held at Central School field Ukpor is one of the highlights of the 2nd Ofala Festival and commemoration of eight years on the throne of the Ukpor monarch. The event attracted dignitaries from all works of life including Governor Willie Obiano who was on hand to lend support to his wife.
Speaking to the impressive crowd made up representatives of forty-four villages in the town and dignitaries, Governor Willie Obiano thanked the Igwe Onyimadu and entire community for considering his wife worthy of honour for caring for the less privileged members of the society.
Obiano revealed that charity work is a family tradition which started long before he became governor. “My wife and I have been engaging in various charity projects for many years and I can assure you that we will continue to assist the needy.” He assured that welfare of the people is paramount, adding that his administration would continue to empower and employ physically challenged persons in the state.
The Governor told the people that road project in the area is on-going and urged them to speed up the construction of N20 million Naira choose your project community initiative so as to benefit from the second phase. He equally stated that his administration will continue to attract investors and construct more projects that would positively transform the state to enviable status and viable for economic activity.
He revealed that the construction of the 5- Star - Agulu Lake- Hotel would be completed in six months and would be renamed Golden Tulip, added that it would contribute to the state's internally generated revenue and boost tourism. On the construction of the International Cargo Airport City at Umueri, Obiano said it is fully funded by Chinese Company to be delivered in three years’ with employment for the youths thereby enabling the state to harness their potentials.
Receiving the title earlier, the governors’ wife expressed gratitude to the Igwe and the people of Ukpor, and assured that she would not relent in providing for the helpless and indigent members of the society. She noted that the title -"Kpakpando," means that she would continue to shine brighter for good by assisting the needy and supporting the lofty programmes of the governor for Ndi Anambra, especially in improving the welfare of the people and providing enabling environment for businesses to strive.
Earlier while conferring the title, HRM, Dr. Sir Onyimadu Igwe Ukpor said that the the title was a reward for the unprecedented achievements of Chief Mrs. Obiano in restoring hope to many helpless members of the society and the less privileged through her projects which contributes to community development.
Igwe Nwajiaku observed that as the wife had touches humanity in various ways, the presence of Governor Obiano administration is being felt across the state. He also urged Chief Mrs. Obiano to sustain the tempo of caring for the need, as the people of the community would always support her dreams.
Other dignitaries at the event include members of Anambra State Executive Council, Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Barrister Rita Maduagwu, some members of the State House of Assembly, political appointees, and members of traditional council, religious leaders, members of APGA, and many others.
Pix 1: His Royal Majesty, Dr. Sir. Felix Onyinmadu KSJi Nwajiaku VI, Igwe Ukpor conferring title of Kpakpando n’ Ukpor on wife of Governor of Anambra State Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano on Saturday.
Pix 2: Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano congratulates his wife, Ebelechukwu after she received the title of Kpakpando n’ Ukpor from His Royal Majesty, Dr. Sir. Felix Onyinmadu KSJi Nwajiaku VI Igwe Ukpor on Saturday.
Pix 3(L-R): Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Barrister Rita Maduagwu, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Sir. Felix Onyinmadu KSJi Nwajiaku VI Igwe Ukpor, Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano and his wife Ebelechukwu after receiving the title of Kpakpando n’ Ukpor on Saturday.
Pix 4: Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano and his wife Ebelechukwu dance to the royal drums after receiving the wife was bestowed with title of Kpakpando n’ Ukpor on Saturday.
By emeka ozumba