The people of Ezemba autonomous community in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State celebrated their day after gaining autonomy.
The celebration which took place at the Umueze primary school playground was honored by their old king, HRH Eze Sam Ordu, Chimereze Odiyi III of Obiangwu; HRH Eze Anthony Ekwe Nwaeze I of Ezemba autonomous community; the present general of the community, Chief Ignatus Njoku, Chairman planning community, Chief Peter Opara, among others. During the holy mass at the St Charles Catholic Church the Assistant Parish Priest and indigene of the community, Rev. Fr Ugochukwu Opara who appreciated God for making them gain autonomy advised Eze Ekwe to rule with the fear of God in his heart and not let politics cloud his decisions of being an impartial leader. Opera also enjoined the people of the community to continuously pursue love and unity so as to work with one heart towards achieving lots of progress in the community. In his keynote address at the reception, the president-general Chief Njoku thanked all that were present in the ceremony, especially the chairman and the members of the planning committees of the ceremony for all their efforts towards ensuring that the programme was a success.
He stated, “Ezemba day is a day set aside annually to appreciate God for the things he has done for us and what he will still do. It also affords us the opportunity to our collective resolve and determination to contribute to the growth and development of our community. The PG enjoined them to join hands with the present government of the state ensuring that the whole state including the rural areas is totally rebuilt.
Speaking also, Chairman of the occasion and leader of the team that fought for the autonomy, Dr. Emeka Osuji who expressed joy over their autonomy pointed out that the community had been held down by some challenges that emanated from their old autonomous community but that he was elated it was all over. He appreciated their old king, Eze Ordu for supporting their quest to seek for autonomy as according to him, many other leaders in the LGA did not agree to it, adding that they had been relegated to the background but with the autonomy, they are ready to develop their community while keying into the rebuild Imo project.