By FRIDAY Echi
Imo people now have their appetites whetted following a promise by the Guild of Imo Elders that a mega palliative now awaits the citizens of the state.
The disclosure was made at the weekend by the Executive Secretary of the group, Barr Pascal Egbujuo, in his Wetheral Road Owerri office in an exclusive chat with Edge Express.
He used the opportunity to explain out the objectives of the group which was incorporated last December. The Guild he stated is focused on the development of the state and ensuring the welfare and well-being of Imo people adding that it is non-partisan, non-political.
Egbujuo reminded that when they were approached by the State Committee on COVID-19 for support, the Elders rose to the challenge and supplied branded 30,000 face masks to the 3 senatorial zones in the state.
Said he, “from the objectives we are set up for the development of Imo and to ensure the welfare and well-being of our indigenous people. This is just the beginning of a million mile journey. Very soon we will announce a mega palliative that will affect the lives of Imo people beyond the mere rice and beans thing, beyond the stomach infrastructure.
“I cannot announce it to you until we have concluded the logistics. It is going to be a mega mega palliative. Anytime it will happen you guys in the media will be put in to know” he said.
The Secretary also revealed other plans by the statesmen to strenghten their activities to support the achievement of their objectives.
In his words, “already, very soon we will launch our website where people can go and access information on what the Guild is all about. The activities are designed to last beyond the lives of the founders. The website is coming up in a couple of weeks if not days.
“We also have on our cards an international secretariat complex that would host meetings, conferences, and act as a resource centre for the Guilds and indigenes who may be interested to access information. We are already assembling data, reports to assemble on our website. We want to ensure that the program goes beyond the frontier of Imo State, Nigeria and to the world to get to our indigenes in the diaspora,” he concluded.
The Board of Trustees is carefully chosen elder statesmen with varied background and immense experience. The chairman of the Guild is Dr. Pascal Dozie (CON). Others include Air Commodore Luke Ochulor (rtd)., Prof Francis Dike, SAN, Major General Collins Ihekire (rtd), Dr. Douglas Acholonu, Engr Charles Ugwuh, Rt. Hon Dr Maxwell Duru. They were selected based on their professional background, immense experience, character and wisdom.