Posted by News Express | 21 January 2017 | 4,155 times
Late Dr. Akanu Ibiam.
The Ebonyi State Government is to renovate the palace of late former Premier of the defunct Eastern Region, Dr. Akanu Ibiam, within a year or in the alternative, erect a new palace in two years.
Governor David Umahi, who made this known on Thursday, also promised to commence the rehabilitation of the bad portions of the Afikpo-Unwana Road within the next couple of weeks.
Umahi, who extolled the leadership qualities and pioneering role Dr. Ibiam played in the creation of Ebonyi State, said his administration would continue to accord him the highest honour.
Until his death in July 1995, the late premier, who founded Ohanaeze Ndigbo, was the traditional ruler of Unwana, Ebonyi State.
Umahi was also in Ekoli Edda, where he inaugurated the street light initiated by his administration through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) scheme.
A statement on Friday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, quoted Umahi as having told a mammoth crowd in Ekoli Edda that he could not proceed to Edda visiting Akanu Ibam’s home.
“We went to Akanu Ibiam’s Palace. We saw that the road which leads to his palace needed urgent attention. And at Akanu Ibam Palace, we offered to renovate it (palace) within the period of one year or in the alternative, build a brand new palace within a period of two years. So, the Afikpo North LGA chairman and the Regent of Unwana, Alu Ibiam, and others in the community will advise us on what to do,” Umahi said.
He charged the caretaker chairmen of the 13 LGAs in the state to protect electric cables and street light installations in their areas against vandalism. He also called on the people of Edda to work together so as to attract more development, describing Edda people as one of the richest in terms of intellectual capacity and wealth in the state.
His words: “I want to challenge every local government – there should be no stealing of cables.
“If you show example with one person who steals cable, by taking such person to police, others will learn their lesson.
“I want our people here in Edda to work together. You are one of the richest local governments in terms of intellectual capacity and wealth. And so, you have to deploy these in a way of unity to work together and live together.”
The Chairman of Afikpo South LGA, Chief Eni Uduma, had applauded Governor Umahi for his people-oriented programmes and assured that the people of Edda were solidly behind him.
Uduma said that three foreign-based Edda sons – Johnson Oti, Udu Chima and Odogwu Agwu – had promised to provide over 10,000 litres of gas to ensure that the street light did not go off for a second in the community.