The Transition Chairman of Aguata Local Government Council, Hon. Eche Ezeibe has called for a collective responsibility for a greater Nigeria.
Hon. Ezeibe, who made the call through his address of welcome to mark the 58th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, tagged: Message of Hope for a Greater Nigeria, at the Township Stadium Ekwulobia, Aguata L.G.A on Oct 1, noted that Nigeria could be better and greater, if the leaders and the led at all strata take up the collective responsibility.
The Aguata LG boss called on the parents and teachers as well as the religious, political and community leaders to collectively train and nurture the children to grow into good and responsible individuals, saying that proper formation of the child, was their collective responsibility, and a responsible child, the pride of the parent.
This was even as he charged the adults to equally be ideal role models for the children; encourage and treat them with respect so as to enable them (the children), develop their own self-respect and respect for others. He kicked against constant criticism and abuse of the children on their part of the parents and other adults.
Ezeibe, who harped on good character, advocated for more emphasis on moral values, such as honesty, fairness, compassion, integrity, citizenship and patriotism. He opted for less emphasis on material things, and called on parents to at all times inculcate that value of good name was better than gold into their children and wards, as well as provide and encourage them to set and achieve reasonable goals in life.
He urged parents and in fact all adults to model their lives after the 3 Rs of good citizenship, which were Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness for the children, who were the future of tomorrow
The local government boss, who decried the high rate of insecurity and loss of lives in Nigeria, encouraged all not to focus on the negative issues in the country, but with hope work and pray for a better, peaceful and greater Nigeria.
He enjoined the children, who he described as those capable of making Nigeria greater, to shun every behavior that could ruin their future.
The chairman commended the Executive Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Dr Willie Obiano for his transformational projects which had continued to develop Anambra State, the Light of the Nation. According to Ezeibe, Gov Obiano's multidimensional development approach through his four pillar agenda had really moved the state to the next level of development in Nigeria's 58th Independence Anniversary.
In their various speeches, the Head of Local Government Administration (HLGA) of Aguata, Dr Tony Anadi; the APGA Chairman for Anambra South, Chief Titus Anagbogu; the APGA Chairman of Aguata, Hon. Obiora John Ezechukwu and Igwe Ogbuefi Emma Nriagu, Ezenri 21st of Oraeri, called for a collective formation of the children and all Nigerians in character and moral, for a better Nigeria every individual would be proud of.
Highlights of the event were inter-school march past competition and presentation of prizes to the winners. Girls' Secondary School, Igboukwu, won the 1st position for the secondary school category while Urban Girls' Secondary School, Ekwulobia and Premier Secondary School, Nkpologwu, won the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
In the primary school category, St Anthony's Primary School, Okpo, Ekwulobia won the 1st position; All Saints Primary School, Ekwulobia, 2nd position and Nwannebo Primary School, Ekwulobia, 3rd position. The march past result for the nursery school category was, All Saints Nursery School, Ekwulobia- 1st position; Immanuel Nursery School, Ezinifite – 2nd position and Eziagulu Nursery School, Ekwulobia – 3rd position.