CHIDI ASONYE in Aba reports that the Olokoro clan in Umuahia South local council area of Abia State has over the years collectively as a clan of several communities, made attempts to cue into the overall development of the area using several approaches.
The women wing as well as the general body of the clan with their several leaders across the years strategized on how best to showcase the clan so that Olokoro will be counted among other developed parts of the state, considering its proximity to the capital city.
Year after year new plans come up on how best to achieve the set goal of enriching both the pockets, minds and brains of indigenous inhabitants of the land and it was in this bid that the Olokoro Professionals’ Forum last week, held its maiden conference with the theme “Olokoro in the 21st century: prospects and challenges in development and empowerment.
Presenting a paper on the theme at Olokoro civic hall, the resource person and traditional ruler of Amangwo-Olokoro autonomous community, HRH Eze Dr. Chris .N. Onyegbule challenged Olokoro people to make innovation and advancement of technology part of their culture even as he had called for the establishment of a polytechnic in Olokoro.
The traditional ruler posited that with the favoured topography of Olokoro, the people should always be thinking about development of clusters of small scale industries, adding that in the face of a competitive and technology driven 21st century, the people of Olokoro need to engage in serious strategic planning (at least for a period of five years) with a view to determining where they want to be in the future and develop benchmarks.
Eze Onyegbule said in order not to lag behind in the world that is now very competitive, Olokoro needs to go for qualitative and motivational leadership at all levels of the clan, adding that such leaders must undergo regular training to ensure effectiveness.
Interacting with newsmen shortly after the event, the OPF coordinator, Don Ndubuka said the forum is about moulding the future of Olokoro by connecting people, ideas and resources and to cater for the welfare of members, inspire the people to be best they can be in the clan.
He said the theme of the conference is apt and timely as it will encourage Olokoro people to know where they should be in the 21st century. “The conference has achieved its goal because the message has been delivered, the people will now take the message home, that our people should respond to the modern trend of life that is visible in the 21st century”.