Ahead of the yuletide season, the President General of Asaba Development Union, ADU, worldwide, Prof Epiphany Azinge, has said that plans have been concluded to reward indigenes of the town who have attained 80 years old and above.
Briefing newsmen in Asaba, Azinge said the union would commence the entitlements next month during the maiden edition of Asaba Day, adding that hosting of the senior citizens at the Ogwa-Uku is one of the activities slated for the economic, social and cultural extravaganza.
Flanked by members of his executive, the President General said Asaba has good number of people blessed with longevity, adding that over 50 of them will be on parade for the entitlements by December.
Azinge said the Asaba Day would feature other events including public lecture, security summit, awards and luncheon for deserving Nigerians and hosting of public office holders of Asaba extraction.
According to him, other events for the 3-day ceremony are; cultural parade, musical fiesta, road show, pilgrimage to the palace of Asagba of Asaba, cooking competition, exhibition of art works and other side attractions.
Azinge said the Asaba Day would boost local economy and empower the people in preparation for Christmas and New Year celebrations like the Calabar Carnival.
He said: “It is not purely a social extravaganza, so many messages will flow in the process. It will be a collateral flow in terms of economy, social life, political and cultural history of our people.
“We have always pushed for unity of all our people, the Asaba Day will bring about the needed bonding of our people who will be coming home from various parts of the world for the yuletide.
“In the past, our people who come home for the festivities complain that Asaba is boring but with this event spread across three days, it will put them in proper mood for the Christmas celebration”.