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Leaders, elders laud Anambra @ 31, project new goals

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…There’s cause for celebration – Chimamanda Adichie
…Future bright with sound policies – Ezekwesili
…More investment in youth, more progress – Archbishop Anikwenwa
…Partnership with indigenous varsities hold new ace – Prof Nwosu

By Mathew Onwuasoanya

IN reflection of the 31st birthday anniversary of Anambra State, elders and leaders have lauded progress and achievements so far made and also commended efforts of successive administrations.

  From political to religious leaders, intellectuals to industrialists and technocrats, they also projected new goals that should drive the state in coming years.

  Commemorating the occasion via a tweet posted on her Twitter handle, yesterday, renowned world novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said there is every cause to celebrate the state on the special day.

  The Abba, in Njikoka Local Government Area-born world leader said “apart from other benchmarks, the fact that Anambra is being consistently transformed into a global brand by successive administrations gives hope that the state will hit stardom in no time.”

Also speaking in a post on her Facebook page, former Vice President of World Bank and Chairman of 80-Member Anambra Transition Team, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili said “the future is bright if policy templates remain sound, visionary and sustainable.”

  Condemning “craze for wealth among public office holders” as “an economic bane,” the former Minister of Education predicated her projection on “need to continue with solid groundwork for governance with human capital development and physical infrastructure driving the policies.”

  In his contribution during an interview with National Light, yesterday, former Dean of Church of Nigeria and Emeritus Archbishop of Niger Province, Most Rev. Maxwell Anikwenwa said “looking backwards, we see progress structurally, but we’ve not come together nor become united. There is little, if any, corporate solidarity because everybody seems so individualistic. And this is a bane. Secondly, we elders should offer genuine, selfless, patriotic advice to government but government should consult elders. This is why I think we should seriously prioritise education of youth.”

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  Projecting infrastructural development on strong pitch, the emeritus prelate commended efforts of successive administration and solicited for more projects.

  “Thirdly, we may have done well in development of physical infrastructure but the state needs more roads. I mean durable, long lasting roads to buoy physical infrastructure,” Archbishop Anikwenwa said.

Similarly, Vice Chancellor of Paul University, Awka, Ven. (Prof) Obiora Nwosu congratulated Anambra and commended successive administrations for bringing the state to her present position in Nigeria.

  “Anambra never neglected her small beginning. From the military governors and administrators to Chief Pius Ezeife, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju to Dr. Chris Ngige, Mr. Peter Obi, Chief Willie Obiano, each person has done so much, by either mapping out land for development or developing the land leading to emergence of cities from Awka, Ekwulobia, Nnewi and Umunze, even Ihiala. I believe, given his pedigree as consistent first class performer, Prof Chukwuma Soludo will outshine them all. But government should weed out special centre ‘varsities’ where students are fleeced without being imparted with sound knowledge. Government should also expand investments in tertiary education to include private universities since we all train necessary manpower,” he said.

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