By Egbogota Clara
Asaba, Sept. 15, 2020 A Community leader, Mr Eloke Onwuka, has called for preservation and sustenance of culture and traditions from going into extinction through active participation in annual festivals.
Onwuka, from Umuomahe Family of Obodogba Quarters in Okpanam area of Delta, made the call while celebrating the New Yam Festival on Tuesday in Okpanam.
He said the call became necessary in view of the care free attitude of some people toward the celebration of festivals in their communities.
Onwuka said there was need for people to wholeheartedly embrace traditions and culture at all times, noting that any society without cultural heritage was doomed.
“The New Yam festival is a veritable instrument to appreciate God for His numerous blessings and protection of lives.
“Culture and traditions are notable ingredients of an informed and recognised society, which enhance togetherness as well as mutual understanding.
“I decided to cook and entertain the people, especially my kinsmen as a symbol of love and unity,” he said.
Onwuka then urged youths to always show respect for their elders in order to tap from their blessings and wealth of experiences.
He said that there was need for them to shun crimes and violent activities at all times.
Onwuka, however, thanked his kinsmen and wells wishers, particularly non indigenes residing in the community for making out time to identify with the community.
He called on people of the community to unite and shun divisive tendencies.
“No meaningful socioeconomic development can take place in an atmosphere of rancour,” the community leader said.
He thanked Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa and the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah, for their giant strides in developing the community.