Flag-Off of the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) programme on oil palm, in Logara

British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation

 Supports Oil Palm Farmers in Logara

An economic cum historical event happened in Logara Autonomous Community, Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area, Imo State, on 15th day of September, 2016 when the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) in colaboration with Imo State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) visited the community for the Flag-Off of the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) programme on oil palm.

The BATNF officials at the event included:

  1. Mr. Fatai Afolabi, the team leader and member of the Technical committee
  2. Abimbola Okoya, General Manager, and
  3. Mr. Tajudeen Akinwande, the Projects Manager

The team of the Imo State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Owerri, was led by Pastor Anayochi Jonathan, the Acting Programme Manager who in his presentation titled ‘Back to the basics’ said “The coming of British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation to support oil palm farmers in three Local Government Areas of Imo State: Ngor-Okpala, Onuimo and Orsu, goes to show the level of commitment and interest on the welfare and well being of farmers in Imo State.”

The Logara community was agog at the rare event and attended in their numbers, including women groups, the townsmen and Youths organisation. The community leaders, prominently HRH, Eze Felix I. Njoku, Ogaraku II of Logara, Ndi Nze, the President-General and executive council of Logara Community Development Union (LCDU), were all present at the occasion.

The flag-off event was for Ngor-Okpala LGA, and so other communities in the local government sent representatives. The Secretary of Onyeaghalanwanneya Communities Assembly, Hon. Obi Afulezi represented the umbrella organisation.

In his welcome address, the PG of LCDU, Bro. Peter A. Ogwuru (KSM) who was the chairman at the occasion, said “…our people are mainly farmers blessed with a vast fertile land that yields more than anywhere else. We have capable and willing manpower to turn this area into the food basket of Imo State. With the partnership of British American Tobacco Foundation and the Imo ADP, it is certain that the journey towards liberation of the people from peasant farming to mechanised/export earning agriculture has started.”

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Personalities at the event, sitting, left to right: -Imo ADP staff; Pastor Anayochi Jonathan, Actng Programme Manager Imo ADP; Bro Peter A. Ogwuru (KSM), PG LCDU; Abimbola Okoya, General Manager, BATNF; HRH Eze Felix I. Njoku, Ogaraku II of Logara; Mr. Fatai Afolabi, Member, Technical Committee, BATNF; two ADP staff; Mr. Tajudeen Akinwande, Projects manager, BATNF; last but not the least, an ADP staff.

 

The highlight of the Flag-Off event was the planting of oil palm trees in the vicinity of the Logara Town Hall, as can be seen in the photos below.

An ADP lady Master of Ceremony at the event piloted the activities excellently, to the admiration of everyone. Kudos ! to her.

Photoshow of the event

Circular to LCDU Committees Chairmen

From Ikemba Martin Opara, LCDU Secretary General

Good day and compliments of the season to all Logarians. I wish to remind all LCDU Committee Chairmen and members that the Community is looking up to them in their various assignment geared towards the development of our dear Community.

Since inauguration of the Committees during the last November Conference, the Central Executive is worried that nearly all the Committees have gone comatose. Not even interim reports of jobs so far done have been sent to us, even after series of calls and oral messages to those concerned.

The Central Executive and indeed Logara people are waiting to receive reports of work from the committees as soon as possible because their inputs are critical to the development match.

Those who can call the following Chairmen of Committees should do so:

  • Lady Julie Nosike – Education
  • Dr John UFO – Health
  • Sir T. C Iwe – Economy
  • Nze Protus Iwe – Electricity
  • Nze Adolphus Obikara – Market Development
  • Prof. Canice Asonye – Youth Dev/Empowerment
  • Etc.

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Traditional Bone Healing in Eziama Logara

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Traditional bone healing in Logara
By Desmond Ejikeme Okechukwu

LOGARA is made up of five villages namely: Umuokeada, Ngali, Obohia, Eziama and Awogwu. Logara is in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State. Traditional bone healing is the treatment of bone with traditional or native method using local materials to effect healing.

Traditional bone healing has given Logara a pride of place in the history of Imo State and indeed Nigeria, because of her men and women of mental and creative capabilities, as well as bone healing potentials which is a legacy transferred from generations to generations.

ORIGIN: There was no documentary evidence on how the power to heal bones came about but one school of thought believed on the story of one of the forefathers called Duru, who did favour for a woman and the woman blessed him with the power to heal bones as his reward for humility and love for her, and even said that he and his generations would feed on the healing power for ever, and till today, all the descendants of Duru or Umuduru as it is called today in Eziama Logara, practice bone healing without formal training. Again others hold it that a Spirit woman blessed him with the power to heal bones. However, which -ever is the case, it is an established fact that bone healing exist in Logara as the only natural orthopaedic out-fit within the region.

METHODOLOGY: Fractures, such as dislocation, waist, back and neck pains or any part of the body that consist of the human bone were spoken to and then massaged with the hand and healing will take place. However, there are varying degrees of fractures that may require a traditional application, for instance, the fore leg of an antelope will be used to massage the fracture and then followed with red-mud mixed with fresh pepper and palm-wine would be applied on the affected side which may take up to three- four times application to foster healing.

There were indications where people’s legs and hands were recommended for amputation by various hospitals in Nigeria but who were privileged to be taken to Eziama Logara, received their normal hands and legs completely free from amputation.

During the Nigerian-Biafra Civil War, Logara served as the only orthopaedic outfit as people, especially, soldiers with bone related problems were treated and healed. Again, this was made possible because of the Training Depo at Logara, Beme Workshop also in Logara and the nearness at the theater of War; for instance the Obiangwu Battle Field, the Umuneke Ngor Battle Field, and the Afor-Umuohiagu air raid disaster that claimed more than 1000 lives and more than 2,500 people wounded most of which has bone related problems, were treated at Logara for quick and immediate recovery, so that they can be redeployed immediately due to lack of able bodied men to fight for the Biafran cause.

It is a plain truth that no matter how a human bone is scattered by bullet or fractures due to accident, the moment that person comes to Eziama Logara, and believe it or not it will be treated and healed accordingly even till today and indeed for ever. Little wonder when a District Manager in NEPA, 1984, was saved from leg amputation exclaimed thus: “God bless this country with men and material resources, with oil and gas even with bone healing in Logara and many others which we don’t know.”

CONCLUSION: In 1991, a documentary was aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on a South-Korea man who claimed that leaves talked to him for the treatment of Cancer which was transferred to him by his late father was employed in the South-Korean Government Specialist Hospital for the treatment of cancer which recorded about 95 per cent success according to the documentary. Accordingly, the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should harness the potentials in Logara to achieve a near 100 per cent success in bone healing for the benefit of mankind.
It can even be attractive to other countries of the world because P.O.P. does not guarantee a 50 per cent success as compared with the traditional bone healing in Logara.

It is expected that government should make Logara a Trado-Medical Orthopaedic Hospital to guarantee various bone problems in the country.

• Desmond EjikemeOkechukwu is at National War Museum, Umuahia

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