A Survey Of The Nsukka Community (Part 2 Community rulers, religion and electricity status)

Good day, readers. We will meticulously continue to take you through this account of the Nsukka community and this second part of the piece would specifically focus on the leaders of the community, their religion and the stability of their electricity.

A Survey Of The Nsukka Community (Part 2 Community rulers, religion and electricity status)

A Survey Of The Nsukka Community (Part 2 Community rulers, religion and electricity status)

Reading starts below, time to learn something worthy of the community and well know how things are going in the community right now.

Nsukka Leadership & Rulers History

Nsukka leadership and rulers

The traditional leadership set-up of the community is just like the Igbo political system, if which is the traditional monarch. This is found amongst most Igbo communities which came into close contact with non-lgbo states like Benin and lgala and borrowing aspects of the political system of such states.

Among these things were aspects of regalia and ceremonies of kingship and royalties. According to lfemesia, this type is found in such places as Onitsha, Nri, Oguta, Ossimari and parts of Western lgbo. The second type is the village republic, which is commonest among the lgbo. Afigbo stated that in this type the distribution of authority, power, practice and process of government are the same as in the presidential Monarch. The differences is that this system is without little regalia and ceremonies of kingship and royalty.

Within the community, their is the monarchial and village republic. The first type is found among these communities which had contact with Igala aspects of their political institutions such as regalia, ceremonial kingship and royalties. These they attempted to integrate with their indigenous political system, but at Nsukka, kings were mere presidents of council of elders of their political units and never became autocratic as was the case in the system they sought to imitate. This is found in Obimo, Ibagwa-Ani, Unadu,Alor, among others. Village republics are found among communities which did not have the kingship system. This type is by far the commonest as could be found in Enugu-Ezike, ovoko, lhaaka to the North at Aku, Ozalla, Ukehe to the south, at Obollo and Imilike to the East and at Adani to the West, to mention but few.

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The Nsukka people see themselves as descendants of one founding father. Each unit is headed by the oldest known as Okpara. In each family, there was the eldest man who was in charge of his family. He presided over their meeting and looked after their family god. Then each family sends a representative who is the oldest man to the village meeting man in the village and titled a man. Even if the person did not have titles may be because of poverty, nobody could replace him as the eldest man. These elders meet on crucial matters concerning the village. However, at times the meeting was open to every male that was up to 18 years of age and above, as everybody hadthe right to air his view on matters concerning the village. The eldest man and the titled men in the villages who came from different families represented the village in meeting concerning the whole town. They now come home to tell the people the which was presided over by the oldest outcome of the meeting.

It is worth noting that there was no monarchical system in the community prior to the coming of the white-men, even among those who tried the kingship aspects borrowed from other neighbouring towns. It was the white people that introduced chieftaincy titles in Nsukka.

Read Current Survey of The Nsukka Community Part 1 (Here)

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Furthermore, the Enugu State Government hosts the Nsukka community which falls within its Local Government, one of the two levels of government in the state and in all other states of Nigeria. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is the current executive governor of the state. He was elected by the people in April 2015 and was sworn in on 29 May 2015. Sullivan Chime is the immediate governor succeeding Chimaroke Nnamani. The governor is above a group of commissioners who he has placed as heads of ministries that oversee various portfolios such as Health and Housing; both the governor and the commissioners form the Executive Council of Enugu State. Government House, Enugu is where the government of the Nsukka community is based.

In the local government sector, the Development Union, Oha in council, village heads, stakeholders, leaders of thought and youths movement would unanimously produce a monarch for each clan in the community to super cede every of their leadership functions and certain religious roles in the community. Prof Roseline Onah is the chairman of Nsukka Local Government, having assumed leadership in early January 2016 till date.

Majority of the Nnewi indigenes are Christians, with a minute amount of Islamic believers, it must equally be noted.

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Nsukka Electricity Status

Nsukka Electricity Status

Electricity supply is relatively stable in the community and even the neighboring towns. The Oji River Power Station (which used to supply electricity to all of Eastern Nigeria) is located in the community host state, Enugu. With the deregulation of electricity generation in Nigeria, and the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), it is hoped the state government would assist private investors to negotiate the take over and reactivation of the Oji Power Station. This is more so with the proximity of the Enugu coal mines to the power station, a driving distance of about 20 minutes. There are also traces of crude oil in Ugwuoba, in the same Oji-River Local Government area of the state. The state have also tried to negotiate with investors interested in investing in the coal mining in some parts of the state. The coal industry used to be one of the biggest employer of labour in the state and the state is looking to attract investors in the industry.

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Informationhood really appreciate the time readers had devoted in the course of following this survey up to this final stage. We cannot thank you enough. Do keep an eye on our website for the next community survey which would be unveiled in no distant time.

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