By Princewill Ekwujuru
From 2010, independence in Lagos State will assume the position of a carnival like celebration, as the state partners west Oak investment Limited to boost itâ€™s tourism potentials.
Activities of the 2009 Independence Anniversary which celebrated Nigeria at 49, took a new dimension in Lagos with the official launch of a commemorative countdown to the 50th anniversary in 2010, tagged â€œINDDYCARN 2010â€ with theme, Unity, Peace and Hope saw Mrs. Sarah Adebisi Sosan, Deputy governor of Lagos State represent the Executive Governor, Barr. Bababtunde Raji Fashola, urge Nigerians to look beyond current challenges of nationhood and focus on the bigger picture of galvanizing the enormous resources available to spur development in the country.
She enjoined Nigerians to â€˜dwell more on the positive aspects of our national life, rather than the continuous rumination over the past and what may have gone wrong with the systemâ€™.
Whilst urging Nigerians to reflect on the state of the nation, Sosan called on Nigerians to explore abundant positive potentials in the country in pursuit of the national aspiration to build a prosperous nation that would the pride of all Nigerians
The Deputy Governor who described the launch as an auspicious occasion to celebrate Nigeria, also advised that all Nigerians, irrespective of their background, should embrace a nationalist spirit, which according to her was the motivation for those who fought for the countryâ€™s independence, adding that every patriotic Nigerian should rally round the INDDYCARN 2010 initiative and be a part of the commitment to showcase the dynamism, zeal and resilience of the Nigerian brand.
Mr. Patrick Obanor , Managing Director, West Oak Investment Limited, and promoter of the INNDYCARN 2010, said the countdown to the celebration of 50 years of Nigeriaâ€™s nationhood deserves a hugeÂ platform not only because of the significance of the 50 years count in the annals of the country but more so to celebrate the resilience of Nigeria to have defied all internal contradictions to remain as a single, united and dynamic nation as well as the people who, he said, have also â€˜endured pains to remain a part of an indivisible wholeâ€™.
According to Patrick, â€œINDDYCARN 2010 is an all_inclusive, pan_Nigerian year_long series of events to commemorate the birth of Nigeria, celebrate her achievements, reflect on the sacrifices of our national heroes and showcase the potentials of Nigeria and Nigerians within and outside the country, adding that the rationale for the activities lined up for the year, beginning with the launch on October 1, 2009, was to take the celebration of Nigeria â€™s independence beyond the usual one_day get_togetherâ€. He further noted that INDDYCARN 2010 will be used to communicate relevant messages in leadership, national integration, trade, culture and tourism, and to showcase achievements and opportunities that would help build confidence among Nigerians and non_Nigerians as well as attract investors to all sectors of the Nigerian economy.
â€œINDYCARN 2010 will be the grand finale of a year_long event which starts with the official launch of the countdown timer today, October 1, 2009 to climax next year Ocober1, 2010. This is the start of series of activities we would be having in different parts of the country. The next 365 days, will witness high_level consultations with our partners in public and private sectors; Independence tree planting campaign across the 36 states and Abuja, essay competition among school pupils, broadcast mentions and publications to showcase developmental activities across states in Nigeria, a pan_Nigerian musical concerts and commemorative documentary on 50 years of Nigeriaâ€™s existence as a nation, among other thingsâ€, Patrick added.
He advised Nigerians to put the country first before individual aspirations and interest as this was in his opinion the genesis and cause of all the problems facing the country today, he went further adding that going by the achievements of a few Nigerians who are currently doing well in their respective positions of authority, there is every reason for all to be optimistic and hopeful about a better, greater and a more prosperous Nigeria.
He applauded the government of Lagos State for their excellent work in terms of its delivery of the dividends of democracy to the people.