The Administrator of Nfunala Development Initiative (aka Orji Aborigines Congress), Amanze Njoku has sued for peace in the volatile Orji Community in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
Amanze made the call at the 2021 August Meeting of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Orji, Imo State.
Amanze, who chaired the meeting, charged the Orji women to assist in restoring peace in the community.
According to him, there is at present a cold war that is raging in the community which needed to be quenched.
He noted that four categories of people are engaged in the silent war namely the cabal who insists that things must be done their own way; the bureaucrats who want others to worship them, the elites who look down on others and the peasants who move to whichever direction they are pushed to.
The administrator maintained that what should be uppermost in the minds of all indigenes of Orji Community is the peace and progress of the area.
He emphasized the need for highly-placed indigenes to help youths of the community to secure employments even as he admonished the youths to be humble to accept employments even at the lowest cadre and grow through the ranks.
Amanze disclosed that he had through his contacts assisted many youths of the community to secure jobs and admissions into tertiary institutions and urged other indigenes to assist youths to find meaning to their lives.
He charged the women not only to help in making peace but to appeal to elected public office holders in the community who are not acquitting themselves creditably on this score to turn a new leaf.
Amanze reiterated the loyalty and support of Orji Community to the administration of the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma but pleaded with the administration to assist the community to develop.
According to the administrator, the state government which has acquired a large expanse of lands in Orji Community does not give jobs to the youths of the community.
He emphasized the important roles of women especially Orji women in the development of the society.
According to him, gone were the days when less value was attached to women resulting in their being consigned to the back burner.
He reeled out names of women who played pivotal roles in enhancing the cause of the community to include Victoria Obiako and Scholarstica Njoku, Alice Onyewuchi and late Grace Ekwerike.
In her address, the President of CWO Home and Abroad Immaculate Heart of Mary, Orji Parish, Joy Oparaugo listed the achievements of the CWO to include ensuring the spiritual, social, political and economic empowerment of women in the parish.
According to her, the CWO had organized and taught its members how to escape domestic violence and their rights within the domestic setting.
Oparaugo disclosed that the CWO had built a five-room store estimated to gulp N2.5million on a land donated to it by the Parish Council up to wall plate level.
The president who said they did not tax themselves to achieve the feat, urged their husbands to come to their aid with a view to completing the store project.
She expressed her profound gratitude to Senator Francis Ezenwa Onyewuchi, representing Imo East District, the traditional ruler of Orji Community, Eze innocent Opara and Architect Chibuike Ohale for their support to the CWO.