The people of Ihiala Local Government Area in Anambra State will on January 2, 2012, honour the Minister of Power, Professor Bart Nnaji, and Governor Peter Obi for their remarkable contributions to the development of the area and the empowerment of her people.
In a statement in Abuja today, the member representing the Ihiala Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Engineer Fort Dike, said that the two top public officers will be conferred with chieftaincy titles, “the first time the people of the 10 towns which make up the local government area will ever honour non-indigenes with traditional titles”.
The federal legislator noted that though “Professor Nnaji is from Enugu State, he has over the years displayed a remarkable interest in the progress of our place, which is the largest local government area in Nigeria”.
Hon Dike said that long before Nnaji became the Minister of Power, he had awarded private scholarships, up to the doctoral level, to indigenes of Ihiala in top universities in the world, and the beneficiaries are today university lecturers and entrepreneurs contributing impressively to national growth”.
The lawmaker continued: “No sooner he became last year, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Power and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power, than he provided distribution transformers to communities in Ihiala Local Government Area and took concrete steps to get the transmission sub-station located in our area by the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) started, six years after the contract was awarded.”
According to the legislator, who is a former Director General of the Bureau of Public Utilities of the Anambra State government, Gov Obi will be honoured for constructing roads to places like Lilu “which hitherto had never benefitted from tarred roads.
“We are honouring the governor also for his interest in the development of the Anambra State University in Uli, one of the major towns in Ihiala LGA.
“It is most appropriate that a university primarily devoted to the study of science and technology should have its headquarters in Uli because Uli is synonymous with indigenous technological advancement.”
Uli, observed the lawmaker, “was where the famous Biafran Airport was located, and this airport was built within a few months by Biafran architects and engineers during the Nigerian civil war.
“All the immense relief materials which the Biafran people received during the unfortunate fratricide of 1967 to 70 came through this airport, the same airport the Biafran leader, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, used to travel to Cote d’Ivoire in search of peace in Nigeria”.