- Marks end of Ejiofor’s tenure
FOLLOWING the end of tenure of the immediate past Chairman, Anaocha Local Government Area, Sir Ikeobi Ejiofor, the plaque commemorating the laying of the foundation stone of Anaocha Heritage, Legacy, Cultural Research Centre and Hall of Fame and Senator Victor Umeh Park was unveilled on Thursday, to mark the end of his term at Anaocha Local Government Area Headquarters, Neni.
Speaking at the event, the immediate past Transition Committee Chairman, Anaocha Local Government Area, Sir Ikeobi Ejiofor thanked ndi Anaocha for their support, stating that without the support, the foundation laying ceremony wouldn’t have been possible, adding that it was designed to be a citadel of Igbo cultural heritage.
According to him, “the centre, which has ten cubicles representing the ten communities in Anaocha Local Government Area is not a political project, but a cultural centre that will serve as tourist attraction; a place where students can come and make enquiries, serving as a hub for developmental purposes. The centre will also serve as place to carry out research, maybe documentation of those things that are very peculiar to us.” He urged Anaocha stakeholders to contribute immensely to the actualization of the project, adding that when achieved, history will never forget them.”
In his remarks, chairman of Anaocha Heritage, Legacy and Cultural Research Centre, Management and Executive Committee, Dr Dennis Ekemezie, while commending Sir Ejiofor, for his contributions to the development of the local government said though the project required funding, it had come to stay. “Legacies of the illustrious sons of Anaocha will not come alive without this project, our heritages and culture will stand the risk of getting lost or enshrouded in obscurity, if nothing is done to preserve, project and protect it.”
A member of the board and Council of the Legacy Centre and past chairman, Society of Nigerian Artists, Anambra State Chapter, Sir Tony Otikpa, described the project as selfless. “The role played by the committee to achieve this is commendable. Those of us who are professionals with specialization in arts can attest that by the time we have completed the building. We have enough artworks and written documents on culture. We are working hard towards making sure that the aim of this project is realized.”
The event was attended by the State Chairman, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Oye, represented by the Vice Chairman, APGA, Brigader General Theophilus Nnoli, the Secretary to State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, represented by Special Assistant Administration, Mr Anthony Emeka, The Member Representing Anaocha Constituency II in the House of Assembly, Okechukwu Nnamdi Eze, among others.