…Marks independence show in Awka
a a former Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of Daily Times, Stanley Egbochukwu, and three others at its Nigeria Independence Day celebration.
The event was held at the event hall of ANPC, publishers of National Light and Ka O Di Ta newspapers.
Also honoured at the event were the Managing Director, Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency, Sir. Jude Emecheta; renowned artist, Sir Tony Otikpa; and Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture and veteran journalist, Noble Sir Paul Obi.
Explaining the rationale for the award to the audience, ANPC MD/CEO, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, said the four prominent Anambra indigenes were honoured for their roles as elder statesmen and for their immense contributions to the nation in their respective fields.
Speaking on the independence day celebration, Nnabuife noted that Nigeria having gone through a long civil war and still surviving despite all the challenges is worth celebrating.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Head of Service, Mr Harry Udu stressed that the age of fifty-nine is young in the life of a nation adding that there is still hope for a better Nigeria.
In a remark, the Editor-In-Chief, of a private Newspaper based in Awka, Mr Stanley Egbochukwu commended tge organizers for the award but stressed that good governance is largely driven by transparency and accountability adding that Nigeria cannot achieve both unless the citizenry actively participate in the process of governance.
For the Managing Director, Anambra State Synergy and Advertisement Agency, Chief Jude Emecheta, Nigeria can boast of an active and true democracy when the ideas of citizens is always placed in the front burner of political discussions.
Chief Emecheta maintained that Nigerians can be able to hold their leaders accountable for their actions only when the citizens engage in robust and action fellowship in all levels of governance, political process and constantly contributing ideas on how best things can be done.
In their separate speeches, some youths including Victor Ezeh and Ogochukwu Ogbonna, both of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka emphasized that the Nigeria of our dream is one that thrives on justice and honesty and also has zero tolerance for corruption as well as religious and tribal bigotry. They called on youths to be more committed to the Nigerian project.
The audience was thrilled to songs and drama sketches by the National Light Art Troupe and students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka as well as a musical performance of chart-buster ‘Nothing For You’ track of masked artiste, Lagbaja.