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X-raying the prospects, challenges in development and empowerment of rural dwellers in Olokoro Clan

X-raying the prospects, challenges in development and empowerment of rural dwellers in Olokoro Clan

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.
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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”.

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