By our reporter
Irate youths from Ogboji community in Orumba South local government area, last Friday, staged a peaceful protest over alleged imposition of a caretaker committee on the town by the Anambra state government.
The youths carrying placards with various inscriptions and palm fronds marched from Igba Ogboji (ancestral square) to the palace of their traditional ruler, Igwe Festus Iyioku, chanting war songs and demanding dissolution of the caretaker town union leadership.
Chief Okeke Chukwuwuike, president of Ogboji Youth Association, who spoke at the palace, told the traditional ruler that the youths were angry over the sudden change in the leadership of the community.
“Every notable Ogboji indigene who attended the last convention held in December agreed that the current caretaker committee’s tenure ends May 3, 2021. This committee, led by Mr Marcelnus Emechebe is doing a number of developmental projects and suddenly they were removed by government officials without recourse to the town,” he queried?
Chukwuwuike told the traditional ruler that their motive was to ascertain if he was aware of the change in the leadership. He said that the youths had resolved that the people named in the new committee will not function in that capacity, adding that anyone that resisted their position would be ex-communicated.
The Igwe commended the youths for their peaceful conduct, saying ”I was not consulted before the change in the caretaker committee too. I am happy that, as the youths, you learnt of something of the bad development in Ogboji and you came out to ask questions.
“I must tell you that I will swiftly make findings from the office of local government and town union affairs in Awka and other stakeholders of the community, with a view to resolving the problem,” he assured.
He warned them against allowing the move to be hijacked by hoodlums, noting that the community had, in the past, recorded serious crisis that slowed down her development.
Mr Paulinus Nwafor, Maxwell Ojiakor, both named as members of the new caretaker committee members denounced their membership before the youths.
Christian Nwankwo, another member of the 13-man committee, said he only received a call inviting him to the office of the special adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Town Union Affairs in Awka and he attended.
Ogboji, a known agricultural community in Anambra state, has a beach which attracts tourists in the area. Mrs Vera Okonkwo, special adviser to the governor on town union and community matters, who signed the statement on the new committee appointment, was not in the office for her reaction. Efforts to get her speak via the phone equally failed as her number was not available.