A group, Agbaja Leaders of Thought (ALT), has pledged to preserve the cultural heritage of Agbaja people in Enugu as a legacy for generations to come.
The Chairman, Board of Trustee of ALT, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, said this during the cultural fiesta organised by the group on Thursday in Enugu.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Agbaja people are mainly from Udi and Ezeagu, spread across other Council Areas like Oji-River, Igboetiti, Enugu North/ South, and East.
ALT is a socio-cultural organisation that promotes investment, economic development, ease of doing business, cultural tourism and the social well-being of residents and people of Agbaja area of Enugu State.
They had on Nov. 2 held an investment summit where business leaders in Enugu wooed investors to invest in Agbajaland by exploring its potential for rich natural resources.
The summit was attended by the captains of industries and business leaders across the globe.
Nebo said there was a need to celebrate the rich, enduring and egalitarian legacy of Agbaja people.
The former Minister of Power said the cultural fiesta is aimed at celebrating the awesome legacies and footprint of services that were made by the great men and women of Agbajaland.
This, he noted, had awaken the ALT in commitment in serving the people of the state and mankind like their predecessors.
“We have also vowed that the legacy will not extinguish in our own generation and the generation to come.
“ALT will continue in this legacy as we declare to serve our people by the will of God,” Nebo said.
The BOT chairman further said that their forebearers did not betray their people, stressing that, “From the interest and commitment Agbaja people has shown, I am confident and convinced that we will not betray our commitment to the future generations.
“At the business summit on Wednesday, we were able to network, share ideas on mission and value that would sustainably drive the affairs of our mission concerning Agbaja people.
“Agbaja is blessed with human and natural resources and it is a blessing to the entire Southeast, Nigeria and beyond.
“Their sons and daughters gave their best for this country,” he said.
Speaking also, Sullivan Chime, a former governor of Enugu State who is also the Chairman of the event, commended ALT for initiating the summit and cultural display.
NAN also reports that more than 20 communities displayed their various masquerades and delicacies as their way of promoting their cultural heritages.
The event was attended by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, his Deputy, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, commissioners, politicians, businessmen and women amongst others.