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Ebonyi marks Independence with book on Elechi

By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKI—EBONYI state government is to commemorate the 49th anniversary of Nigeria, which coincides with the 14  years of the creation of the state with a book that chronicles the two and a half years achievements of Governor Martin Elechi, his traits as a person and founding father of the state.

The over 200 pages book written by an indigene of the state, Mr. Theodore Okonkwo (a.k.a Fine Finishing) will be presented on October 1, at the Government Loge in Abakaliki, for its review and formal presented to the general public for indebt understanding of Elechi’s philosophy of administration.

Elechi’s Media Assistant, who also is the chairman, publicity sub-committee of the celebrations, Abia Onyike, said that the one week event started last Friday with Jumat service at central mosque Abakaliki while an interdenominational church service, organised by Christian association of Nigeria (CAN) took place yesterday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kpiri-Kpiri, Abakaliki.

Also, yesterday was children’s party hosted by the Governor’s wife Mrs. Josephine Elechi at the Presidential Lodge Abakaliki. Novelty football matches will take place on Wednesday, while the grand finale of the Independence/state creation anniversaries takes place at the state capital’s township stadium, followed by the book presentation later in the evening.

Governor Elechi, First Republic politician was two-time Commissioner under the Ukpabi Asika regime that stood in for Nigeria government while the Biafra war lasted in the then Eastern region. Elechi fought for thirty-nine years, championing for the creation of Ebonyi state that finally materialized on October1, 1996 under the then regime of late General Sani Abacha.

He subsequently became Governor of the state on May 29, 2007 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Since then he had  embarked on aggressive infrastructural development of the state, especially in the hinterlands.

Even though most of the projects have not been completed, his core priorities are, long span bridges across Ebonyi River, rural roads, water, electricity and secondary education.


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