By C Don Adinuba
1. The Anambra State Government salutes the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, CFR, MNI, as he today (Friday, May 14, 2021) attains 80 years. Igwe Achebe is the Chairman of both the Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers and the Southeast Council of Traditional Rulers. He has been discharging both duties with aplomb.
2. Igwe Achebe has brought to bear on his duties his very rich experience as an alumnus of Sanford University, California, and Columbia University, New York, as well as the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos, Plateau State. Nigeria has benefitted from his rich experience as a Director of the Royal Dutch Shell company and International Breweries Nigeria Ltd, in addition to his being Pro-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University at Zaria in Kaduna State, after serving as Pro-Chancellor of the Kogi State University. He has also been chairman of Unilever Plc., and the defunct Diamond Bank Plc.
3. Igwe Achebe takes every assignment seriously, leading from the front and displaying remarkable personal examples. For example, he has attended every meeting of the Anambra State Action Committee on COVID-19 headed by Gov. Willie Obiano since its inauguration early last year. He has at every meeting made a profound contribution. He has played a huge role in the prevention and containment of the highly infectious disease in Onitsha, the Anambra State’s commercial centre. COVID-19 protocols have been observed in Onitsha among the indigenes, perhaps better than any other town in the state. In consideration of the current state of the country and the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, Igwe Achebe is not celebrating the attainment of a milestone in his sojourn on earth with pomp and pageantry. The rather stoic marking of the 80th birthday is a lesson to all.
4. The Government and people of Anambra State salute Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, a proud son of Anambra State and our worthy ambassador. Gov. Obiano has already spoken to him to wish him many more years of good health, wisdom and excellent service to God and society. (MOI)Mr C Don Adinuba is current Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment