" Why I created Anambra state" - IBB

www.odogwublog.com reports that former President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB),  has said that  his love for bringing development to the ordinary people was the key reason behind the creation of Anambra state  25 years ago, as he expressed willingness to author the forward to Anambra state history photo book.

Babangida said, " It will be my pleasure to be part of this historic book. Anambra is a state that is dear to my heart. And  I'm proud of the development strides so far recorded in the state."

Going down memory lane, IBB disclosed that the state was created at the time to ensure that development went down to the rural areas, which hitherto were neglected, adding that the decision to document the history of the state is a laudable one. He stated that judging by the dummy of the book which was presented to him, a great job has been done in that respect.

The former President made this revelation yesterday , at his famed Hilltop mansion in Minna, capital of Niger state, when he received a team of  Anambra state government officials led by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who presented the dummy of the book to him.

Dr. Okeke , who is also the chairman of the Anambra state @25 Committee, had led Anambra state delegation to Minna to request that the former president write the forward to the Anambra state Compendium, a history book of the state, it's people and rich cultural heritage, which is being produced as part of the state's 25th anniversary.

Speaking on the reasons behind the publication of the compendium, the deputy governor, Dr Okeke, had said, "Twenty five years in the life of a people or state is a remarkable milestone. As a people, Ndi Anambra have overtime, proven to be special breeds who have excelled in whatever field they find themselves.

"We are particularly known to be industrious, resilient, creative, courageous and hardworking. All these are evident in the ingenuity of our people and the outstanding successes they have recorded both at home and in the diaspora.

"So we thought that documenting these great exploits of our people and Anambra's history in a book form, would invoke a sense of pride in Ndi Anambra for generations to come, because a people without history will most likely face a blurry future. "

Continuing, Dr. Okeke stated, "As part of our 25 years anniversary , we thought it wise to take a bold step in recording these success stories of our state, as an entity , as well as the glorious impacts of our people in shaping the history and socio-political economy of Nigeria.

"We also intend to use the Compendium to showcase our rich cultural heritage, God-given natural endowments and unique tourism potentials, as you know, tourism everywhere in the world is a big revenue earner, therefore, highlighting our numerous tourism potentials in this manner would help in drawing the attention  of the world, especially, potential investors to this sector in our state. In essence, the Anambra state compendium will tell you all you need to know about Anambra and Ndi Anambra," Deputy governor Okeke said.

While thanking General Babangida for graciously accepting to do the forward,  coordinator of the Anambra @25 event, Chief Emeka Okonkwo, who was also part of the Minna delegation, added that, Our dear state Anambra is the land of several firsts in different fields and it's people have contributed in many ways in shaping the history of Nigeria, but one of the greatest problems we have is that the history of Anambra and the numerous great exploits of our people  are not well documented for people, especially the future generation, to appreciate."

Anambra state, known as the"Light  of the Nation", was created on August 27, 1991 by IBB administration from old Anambra which had Enugu  as it's capital.



" Why I created Anambra state" - IBB " Why I created Anambra state" - IBB Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Thursday, March 16, 2017 Rating: 5

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