The people of Awkunanaw clan whose ancestral home is found in both Enugu South and Nkanu West Local Government Areas and who inhabit 21 autonomous communities spred across the two local government areas of Enugu state have honoured their outstanding son, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, who recently retired as Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministery of Power.
A reception in his honour by Awkunanaw sons and daughters, both at home and in diaspora, and the conferment of a chieftaincy title of “Osukwu Odalije” on him by the traditional rulers of the Awkunanaw clan was organised, Saturday, 14/08/21, by the Awkunanaw Welfare Association, the umbrella development Union of the Awkunanaw clan, at the Awkunanaw Civic Centre, Akpasha, Akegbe Ugwu in Nkanu West Local Government Area.
It was the gathering of political heavy weights in Enugu State and some Abuja power brokers across different party lines as the governor of Enugu state, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ministers, National Assembly members, Federal Permanet Secretaries and Directors attended the event.
Also in attendance were State House of Assembly members, Commissioners and Local Government Council Chairmen.
In a citation on Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa delivered by Justice Eddy Onyia, rtd, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa was eulogized as a man whose “passion for human capital development, youth empowerment and relief for the elderly and the vulnerable, philanthropy for all and sundry ” knows no bounds.
Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa was also said to be “endowed with such an incredibly large and most generous heart that enables him to always know how to offer a hand, never abandoning people in times of distress and anticipating at every turn, the good that needed to be done, for this or that person.”
Responding to the honour bestowed on him by his kinsmen, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa said, ” to the extent that I am being honoured today because I retired from the federal civil service after 35 years of unblemished service to Enugu State and Nigeria, and in recognition of my modest efforts in crafting workable solutions to the difficulties that challenge some of our people, there is a certain poignancy in the air considering that our people are still facing the interlocking problems of poverty, unemployment and other daunting challenges in their day to day run of life.
“However, my promise is to be right there with you every step of the way, as always, because you made me a better man. I can see our future unfolding, and the urgency of now calls on us … to throw ourselves, the full span of our life time, into work, the joyous work of building a better… Enugu State.”
Former Senate President, Distinguished Senator Ken Nnamani who was the chairman of the occasion applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi “for making Enugu State one of the most peaceful states in the country, stressing that, ” if there is no peace, none of us will be here today”.
Governor Ugwuanyi in his remarks congratulated Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa for his successful civil service career and conferment of chieftaincy title of “Osukwu Odalije”.
Observers of recent political developments in Enugu state, especially the rising political profile of Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, are of the opinion that this grand reception and conferment of chieftaincy title might been a subtle endorsement by the people of Awkunanaw clan of Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa as a possible Awkunanaw candidate in 2023 Enugu state governorship position.