Name Change: Anambra State Government wades into Umuchukwu community crisis


The Anambra State Government has promised to wade into the lingering community name face-off rocking Umuchukwu town in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state.

The Chief of staff to Governor Chukwuma Soludo, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi stated this while addressing hundreds of people from the community who were on a peaceful protest to the Government House Awka.

The Town was previously known as Nkerehi, a name the protesters said was later changed to Umuchukwu after the indigenes had a referendum to that effect.

According to the President General of the town, Comrade Chukwuemeka Adinchezo who led the protest alongside elders, titled men, women and youths of the community, the name Umuchukwu was registered and gazzetted by Anambra State Government in 2007 but people from the town have been using litigations and other available means to invalidate the name Umuchukwu and take it back to Nkerehi, tampering with the common peace and unity of the town.

He appealed to the state government to call the dissenting party to order.

Responding, Mr. Ezeajughi promised that the government would study all the complaints thoroughly and understand each party’s concerns before deciding on the measures to take to resolve the disagreement.

He commended them for choosing peace over violence by presenting their grievances, reassuring them that the present administration appreciated thoroughness and was doing all within the limit of resources to bring progress and development in every community in the State.

Photo: Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, Chief of Staff to Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo of Anambra State addressing protesters from Umuchukwu community in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state who were on a peaceful protest to the Government House Awka.

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