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Ndigbo bouncing back under Nwodo's leadership - Anyaoku

Ndigbo bouncing back under Nwodo's leadership - Anyaoku

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has ex­pressed delight that Ndigbo are regaining their voice on nation­al issues under the current 
 Na­tional Executive Council (NEC) of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo head­ed by Chief Nnia Nwodo.
Anyaoku praised Nwodo for offering the right leadership at this critical time of the coun­try’s history.
Anyaoku, however, charged the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, to rehabilitate the first Nigerian cement fac­tory, NIGERCEM, located at Nkalagu in Ishielu Local Gov­ernment Area of the state.
Anyaoku spoke on Thursday at the 7th edition of the annual lecture series held in his honour at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abakaliki.
While commending Nwodo for accepting to be the chair­man of the occasion, Anyaoku noted that his election as the President of the Ohanaeze Ndig­bo had once again signalled the significant roles of Igbo in Ni­geria.
He said that the rehabilitation of the cement factory would en­hance the developmental pro­jects of Umahi’s administration and position the area for better growth.
Anyaoku explained that NI­GERCEM was once the pride of Eastern Nigeria and that there was a need to resuscitate the fac­tory which had become mori­bund for years.
“I urge Governor David Uma­hi and his administration to ex­tend his determination in devel­oping the state by resuscitating what was once the pride of East­ern Nigeria, the Nkalagu Ce­ment industry, which is the first cement company in Nigeria,” he stated.
Anyaoku commended succes­sive governments in the state for their service to humanity, espe­cially the present administration of Governor Umahi which, he said, was ensuring rapid devel­opment and prompt payment of workers when other states were owing many months’ salaries.
He also thanked Umahi for graciously accepting to host this year’s edition of the lecture series.
The ex-Commonwealth chief expressed his gratitude to the organisers of the lecture series - Youth Affairs Internation­al (YAI) for sustaining the ex­ercise.
In his remarks, Umahi, who was represented by the Attor­ney-General and Commis­sioner for Justice, Augustine Nwankwegu, informed Anya­oku that the state government was doing everything possible to revitalise NIGERCEM.
In his address, Nwodo said that the lecture was remark­able, in view of the numerous achievements of the personal­ity in whose honour the pro­gramme was held. He explained that the choice of focusing this year’s lecture on agriculture was borne out of the renewed inter­ests of government on Agricul­ture.
Addressing the students who were the major participants in the event, Nwodo encouraged them to be more productive, and take their education seri­ously. He announced that Oha­naeze Ndigbo was going to wage war against lecturers who in­dulge in nefarious activities in the universities.

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