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Duru, Nnabuife, Others Emerge Umuna Clan Caretakers

Umuna Clan, the umbrella body that harbors two sister communities of Umuna and Uzoubi Umuna had over the weekend, appointed the Interim management committee to oversee the affairs of the clan pending the next election.

This however followed the expiration of the pioneer president, Columbus Nwadike.

The event marking the said appointment which took place at the Urban Secondary School Umuna had in attendance, a good number of Umuna and Uzoubi Umuna.

Stakeholders of Umuna and Uzoubi-Umuna Autonomous Communities, Board of Trustees of Umuna Clan Development Assembly (UCDA), PG and Royalties from the Umuna nation on Sunday, 14th of September gathered at the hall of Community Secondary School, Umuna and constituted their interim leadership of the joint body of the Communities, the UCDA.

The process of this event yesterday brought to an end the long conflicted struggle over the leadership of the Clan body which some had highly misunderstood as taking over roles of the autonomous status of Communities.

Speaking during his brief remarks before the nomination of the officers, the Chairman of the BOT of the Clan, Barr. Hyacinth Mbachu disclosed that the previous leadership of the Clan was on the Convention day dissolved and the BOT under his leadership was handed over to help coordinate the process of a new leadership of the Clan body. He enlightened that a dissolved leadership had no power anywhere in administration to hand over power to anybody of his choice.

“Let it be clear that the UCDA championed the process today that made the election of the leadership of our various Communities possible. Umuna Autonomous Community had elected their PG and Uzoubi-Umuna Autonomous Community had also elected their PG. Both PG are to mind their Communities. The Clan is not against that. But who mans the Clan leadership must be a different body because all have different roles”, he explained.

He further averred that Communities are to manage their various resources for their own developments, but the Clan holds in trust the collective assets of both Communities for the overriding interest of Umuna nation.

He urged all to note that both Communities are not in contest, “but things must be done in agreements”, he added.

The meeting which went on even with the heavy rains produced the following members from our original five villages in the

 *CONSTITUTION DRAFTING COMMITTEE:*

1. BARR. HYACINTH MBACHU (Chairman)

2. DR. PETER UKAIGWE (Alternate Chairman)

3. BARR. OKORIENTA (Asst. Secretary)

4. COMRADE CHINEDU OGUBUIKE

5. MR. NDUBUISI ADIOHA

6. BARR. TOBECHI UGWUEGBU

7. BARR. GERALD ENYINNIA

8. BARR. CHINAKA ENYI

9. BARR. ROBERTS ALUKA (Diaspora)

10. BARR. EMMA OKWARA

11. BARR. JUDE ODUOMA

12. BARR. UGOCHUKWU AMAJIOYI

13. PROF. MIKE OKORO

14. CHIEF ALLEN CHARLES NNADI

15. HON. GREG NWADIKE GOC (Secretary)

Terms of reference given to the committee include, but not limited to *request and collate memoranda from individuals, PGs, groups, villages and communities, and prepare a comprehensive and well structured and stipulated draft constitution for the UCDA, and submit same to the General Assembly in the next proposed mini-convention of the clan in December 2020*

*INTERIM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE*

House resolved that in line with an earlier resolution that the PG of the clan comes from Umuna Autonomous Community, only Umuna can produce the Interim PG, and since this is an interim position, the clause of home and abroad should be removed to pave way for the best hands.

House also resolved that since the PG of Umuna Community comes from Ebenese, Ikuku should be fairly allowed to produce the Clan’s PG. This was agreed by all present, hence only those who bought forms and declared interest to run for PG from Ikuku were nominated for consideration.

They are:

1. PROF. BEDE ALAM DURU

2. MR. ONYEWUENYI NOBERTH (REBOW)

3. MR. CHIGOZIE MGBARUDA (ESERE)

An election was conducted among these names with *PROF. BEDE DURU* emerging the winner.

Further nominations and elections held with the following 7-man Interim Management Committee emerging thus…

1. PROF. BEDE ALAM DURU (UMUNA) – PG

2. CHIEF PETER NNABUIFE  (UZOUBI-UMUNA) – V-PG

3. MR. WISDOM ESHIASO (UMUNA) – SECRETARY

4. DR. CLETUS ONYEANUFORO (UZOUBI-UMUNA) – ALTERNATE SECRETARY

5. MR. BENJAMIN NWOKEJI (UMUNA) – FINANCIAL SECRETARY

6. PASTOR ETHEL MADUAKOR (UZOUBI-UMUNA) – TREASURER

7. MR. ANACLETUS EKWURU (UMUNA) – PRO-2

8. CHIEF FRANCIS BOB-IHEDIOHA (UZOUBI-UMUNA) – PRO-1

The new IMC members were immediately sworn into office and charged to quickly put all fiscal book of the Clan from the days of the impassè till date to balance.

Following submission of the report from the CHIEF DR. FABIAN O. DIKE’S led Investigative panel on the alleged encroachment into the land of the Community Secondary School Umuna, the new EXCO was equally charged to study the report which was equally shared to all and quickly convene a general meeting of the clan for ratification of resolution.

Similarly, the new EXCO was charged to quickly explore all options (including legal action) to ensure that the Umuna land around Ama Egonu (Carrot junction) allegedly sold by Homeland is recovered with immediate effect.

The new EXCO was assured of all legal and administrative backings from Umuna home and abroad to ensure that they succeed in whatever objective mission they undertake.

Almost at the point of dismissal at around 6.45 pm, the Igwe of Umuna, Eze Douglas Okwara with some chiefs from Uzoubi-Umuna and Umuna stormed into the venue of the meeting as they were on their way home from Umudioka.

The elders were briefed on the outcome of the meeting.

The Igwe who in his speech expressed anger that he was not carried along in arriving at the decisions of the new EXCO membership, however, gave his blessings and supports to all decisions taken.

He said he was impressed by the quality of men nominated for the offices and urged everyone to support good gestures whether they favoured him or not.

He also informed the House of the N100,000 he paid to the principal of the Community Secondary School Umuna for NECO EXAM re-accreditation and also reported of the N3m scholarship he attracted from a son of the soil which he claimed that N1m had already been brought and at the hand of Mr. NDUBUISI ADIOHA.

Igwe Okwara urged our people to drop all negative malice against each other and cautioned trouble makers and those milking our land to go search for meaningful jobs as gods of the land would always work against them.

He prayed for the new EXCO members and assured them of protection from the gods and the law.

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