[From Collins Ughalaa, Owerri]
Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah, the Coordinator for Oil and Gas/ Special Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma, on Saturday called on the people of Mgbala Agwa Autonomous Community and Agwa Clan in general to freely forgive one another and to be united, saying that the season of Christmas and the football competition offer the opportunity to show love to one another and forgive one’s offenders.
Opiah, former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and former member of the Federal House of Representatives, made the call after he had performed the official kick-off ceremony in the opening match between Umuadiodu and Okwudo villages, at Aloama Primary School Football Field, Mgbala Agwa.
He assured the people that the State Government led by Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma is interested in the development of Agwa Clan and would leave no stone unturned in actualizing it.
The Coordinator for Oil and Gas was the Guest of Honour at the Opening Ceremony of the 2020/2021 Mgbala Agwa Unity Cup, christened Destiny Movers Football Competition, which was sponsored by the duo of Dr. Collins Jumbo and Mr. Nduka Ozor.
He said: “A time like this is a time for our brothers in the diaspora and those at home to be entertained by activities such as this. I want to commend the sponsors once more and thank our people for coming out in large numbers.
“It is important to note that this tournament will ensure unity in Mgbala Community and Agwa in general. Let our people see this as the opportunity to unite, to show love and behave like sportsmen and women. If anybody has wronged you, please use the occasion of the Christmas to forgive one another.
“Agwa as a Community needs peace and development and the Government of the day led by Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma is very much in support of development in Agwa. For that reason, we are liaising with all and sundry, including the oil companies that are operating here, to ensure that all the necessary amenities that the oil companies should provide in Agwa are made available.
“The Start Government is also concluding plans to directly impact the Community aside what the oil companies will provide. But Agwa people must show greater commitment to peace and unity by freely forgiving one another. It is through forgiveness that true healing comes, and without unity and peace, no meaningful development can take place,” he said.
Opiah was accompanied to the event by the Commissioner for Livestock Development, Hon. Mrs. Oby Njoku; Chief Emma Ojinere, Barr. Emma Okara, and a jost of others.
On hand to receive them were: Dr. Collins Jumbo, Mr. Nduka Ozor, HRH Eze Sir. Blaise Uba, High Chief Stephen Ajoku (the Traditional Prime Minister); Hon. Canice Uzor, Mr. Mark Agbarakwe, Sir. Collins Ughalaa, and a host of others.
Opiah and his delegation sat at the VIP section and watched the highly entertaining match to the end, after which they were hosted at the country home of Mr. Nduka Ozor.
The match ended 2-1 in favour of Okwudo, the Defending Champions.