“Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, emphasized during his keynote lecture at the 30th Anniversary of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU) and Founder’s Day ceremony in Abia State that the election of Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, as the Governor of Abia State holds profound significance not only for the people of Abia but also for the entire South East region and Nigeria as a whole.
Governor Soludo fondly referred to Governor Otti as the ‘New Abia’ Governor, expressing his belief that under Otti’s leadership, Abia is secure and poised for greatness.
In his address titled ‘Leadership, Agriculture And Entrepreneurship: The Dr. Michael Iheonukara Okpara Model For National Growth and Identity,’ which he renamed ‘Our Future is in our Past,’ Prof. Soludo commended the remarkable leadership qualities and selfless service of the late Premier of Eastern Nigeria, Dr. Michael Okpara, who hailed from Ohuhu in Umuahia.
He highlighted some of Dr. Okpara’s enduring legacies, including the establishment of farm settlements across the Old Eastern Region, provision of essential amenities like clean water, electricity, well-planned cities, and efficient road networks.
Dr. Otti, in response, expressed his admiration for Governor Soludo’s intellectual prowess and renowned expertise in economics. He also thanked the leadership of Michael Okpara University for the wise decision to invite Prof. Soludo to deliver the keynote lecture.
Governor Otti pledged his support for the university in obtaining a certificate of occupancy (C of O) for its land and used the occasion to address the issue of the illegal conversion of public schools in Abia into private properties, warning those responsible to rectify the situation.
The university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Maduebibisi Iwe, affirmed the institution’s commitment to contributing to Nigeria’s growth through self-sufficiency in food and fiber production, research, training, and extension services. He expressed gratitude to Governor Otti for his support and appealed for land titles to be issued to the university.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, stressed the significance of Dr. Okpara’s accomplishments and urged people to reflect on his legacy. He expressed hope that Governor Otti would address the issue of poor road infrastructure in Abia State.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), joined the conversation virtually and hailed Dr. Okpara as an unmatched role model for his achievements in agriculture, health, and politics, urging everyone to follow his enduring legacy.
Prof. Chinedu Nwajiuba, the Chairman of the occasion, expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor for introducing the Dr. Michael Okpara lecture series, emphasizing the significance of honouring Dr. Okpara’s memory.”
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