By Kingsley Ezekwelu
The Anambra state governor, Chief Maduabuchukwu Obiano, has said that his administration will intensify its support to farmers to boost yam production in the state in the coming year.
Gov Obiano stated this during the 2017 Iri Ji Ndi Anambra held at Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka this afternoon.
Gov Obiano who noted that through its strategic partnership with private agro-investors and support to local farmers, his administration has achieved food sufficiency for the state in the rice belt, said in the coming year, he will focus more on yam production especially with the demand from the United States for Anambra yam.
He described the new yam Festival as an ancient Igbo cultural heritage through which unity is promoted among the people and said his administration will continue to support positive aspects of the Igbo culture.
The governor appealed to Ndi Anambra to support his second term agenda which according to him, holds great prospects not only for the development of the state but also the entire South East region.
Performing the yam cutting ritual, the traditional ruler of Okpuno in Awka South Council Area, Igwe Sunday Okafor said although the various communities of the state have been performing their Iwa Ji, the event was unique as it has prospects for the sustenance of the peace, unity and stability in the state.
Also in his remark ,the traditional ruler of Ojoto, HRH, Igwe .Dr Dennis Okafor,( Ezebube π,the Ojo of Ojoto) commended the unprecedented achievement of governor Obiano in 3half years ,especially in area of maximum security, prompt payment of workers salaries, recent promotion of all Anambra deserving workers,agricultural revolution, road infrastructure, reposition of educational sector and its standards,operation light up Anambra in progress, given Awka and Onitsha a befitting faze lift. etc.Igwe Dennis Okafor further called on Ndi Anambra to support reelection bid of the governor, to sustain, consolidate and to continued this good work Akpokuedike is doing. “Akpokuedike has no march in the Nov 18th guber election ,he is tested and trusted.”
The iri ji festival which was organized by the State Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs also featured yam competition as well as performances by various music and masquerade groups.