Alor community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State is known for it’s mastery in the sale of Abada made in Holland fabric in the South East geopolitical zone. Make no mistake about it, the textile business has produced accomplished men and women who have cut a niche for themselves in life.
“In the days of yore, when the people of Alor described their nativity as ‘Alor London’, little did they know that the prophecy would come to pass, as the community has become a reference point, not only in Abada fabrics,but in all spheres of human endeavour.
Just recently, the people had cause to celebrate.
On that day, the community hosted four of it’s children who came third in a world scientific competition at the International Festival of Engineering, Science and Technology (I-FEST), held in far away Tunisia.
The representatives from Saint John’s College, Alor, competed against students from 31 other countries in the world.
The joy of the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Mac-Anthony Chinedu Okonkwo, Ezedioramma, knew no bounds.
“I am delighted as the Royal Father of Alor town, that four outstanding students of St. John’s Secondary School, Alor, Onitsha Archdiocese, Anambra State, won-a bronze medal in a world scientific competition in Tunisia.
“Our ambassadors are: Ugowuishi Meshack Ogonna, Chuks-Umeora Anthony, Machi Dominic and Nwachukwu Daniel. They deserve some accolades.
“On my part, I will continue to support the development of education at all level in my kingdom, Alor.
“In this way, we will be supporting the noble efforts our amiable Governor, Chief Willie Obiano and his wife, Osodieme, in education in the state.
“This is a celebration of excellence and what we are doing today would serve as morale booster to other sons and daughters of Alor. It would ginger them to work hard in order to achieve greatness and also distinguish themselves in their various fields of endeavourers,” the Igwe said.
“I also seize this opportunity to urge our great sons and daughters to continue to contribute to the growth of education in our community and encourage them at all levels to achieve greatness.”
The festive drums were still booming when the community relocated to the Health Centre, where the Anambra State government commissioned the medical facility.
According to the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, community health is one of the priorities of the administration of Governor Willie Obiano and it is the policy of the state government to ensure that Anambraians have access to quality health services at all levels.
The state government, he said: “Shall continue to provide medicaments and post health officers to the rural areas and they will work at the health centres to ensure that the rural dwellers appreciate the dividence of governance in the health sector.”
The Health Centre has among other facilities the out patient section, dispensary and diagnosis department and it is currently being canvassed that it should in future be upgraded to a full hospital.
Responding, Igwe Okonkwo noted that it is heart warming that such milestone is being achieved under his reign as the traditional ruler of the community.
“This would go a long way in providing medical services to our people as they would not need to travel long distance in search of health services because it is here in our community and the problems of self medication that has been the bane of health care delivery would be a thing of the past in Alor town”.
The celebration got to its climax when members of the executive of the caretaker committee of Alor Town Union was inaugurated, at the community town hall.
It would be recalled that the committee was first set up by the Anambra State government when the tenure of the elected executive of the town expired and the issue of a fresh election became controversial.
The Anambra State government, in a bid to resolve the crisis arising from the fractionalization of the town union, re-appointed the committee pending when a general election would be conducted in the area.
Speaking shortly after the inauguration, the Chairman of the Caretaker committee, Mr. Okechukwu Elosiuba, noted that the only ingredient for development in a society or community is peace and harmonious relationship.
“Our executive shall continue to sue for peace and understanding. That is the only way we can ensure development in our community and we urge all and sundry to embrace peace,” he said.
Igwe Chinedu Okonkwo could not wait to express the return of peace in Alor community, noting that with the enthronement of an executive to oversee the affairs of his community, his reign as the traditional ruler would continue to bring about advancement and development.
According to him “Alor is in the hands of God.”
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