Ugwuanyi directs restoration of traditional titles in Ishi-Ozalla community
• Issues Edem-Ani monarch certificate of recognition
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday, directed the Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, Charles Egumgbe, to restore traditional institutions in Ishi-Ozalla Autonomous Community, Nkanu West Council of the state.
Ugwuanyi gave the directive following a peaceful protest by members of the community to the Government House, Enugu, during which he decried the crisis that had erupted, following the election of a traditional ruler, his non-recognition and alleged imposition of a president general to the community by a former minister. He also appealed for peace, insisting that government must do all to enable justice prevail in the area.
The governor also clarified that he never directed anyone to remove the President General, Obinna Nvene, or the traditional ruler, Don Sylvester Nweke, who was elected by the community after the death of their traditional ruler in 2012.
Presenting their position to the governor, Spokesperson of the community, Dr. Muna Nweke–Okoye, stated that the former minister, who became the regent of the community after the death of his father, had refused to abide by the constitutional provision of six months, within which he must commence the process of electing another Igwe.
IN a different development, there was jubilation at Edem Ani Automous Community, Nsukka Local Council of Enugu as the state government, on Wednesday, presented Certificate of Recognition to their traditional ruler, Igwe Ikechukwu Asadu.
While making the presentation at the state Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs, the Commissioner, Egumgbe, said that Igwe Asadu’s selection by his community was in accordance with Enugu State Traditional Rulers Law, Cap 151, Revised Laws of Enugu State, 2004.
Egumgbe said that Ugwuanyi has approved Asadu’s recognition as the traditional ruler of the community, which comprises 15 villages.
“I have the honour to inform you that having considered your selection by your community satisfactory, and in accordance with the Enugu State Traditional Rulers Law, Cap 151, Revised Laws of Enugu State, 2004, the governor has approved your recognition as the traditional ruler of Edem-Ani Autonomous Community in Nsukka Local Council of Enugu with effect from July 26, 2022.”