By Sunny A. Ijomah
The Chairman Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council and Traditional Ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe has charged Ndigbo to always put the interest of their fatherland above every other consideration.
He gave the charge at the third Annual Leadership Lecture and Award Series of Anambra Irish Professionals Association, in Awka.
Igwe Achebe who presented a lecture on the concept of “Think Home Philosphy and leadership,” highlighted the substantial number of projects belonging to Ndi Igbo in Lagos and other parts of the country, but with little or no presence in their region.
Speaking on the concept of restructuring, Igwe Achebe called on Ndi Igbo, especially South-East Governors, the Ohaneze Ndigbo to be more proactive and imbibe the spirit of unity rather than individualistic competitiveness in advancing the Igbo agenda .
The Chairman of the Association, Sir. Paul Uzo who stated that they came from various professional backgrounds, noted that they were committed towards embarking on specific projects that will help grow the economy of the State, in line with Governor Willie Obiano’s Aku Luo Uno Call.
Sir. Uzo expressed satisfaction with the success of this year’s edition of the mission, having administered free medical services to over four hundred and eighty people in the hinterlands, as well as training over one hundred youths on Information Communication Technology, in different parts of the State.
Giving an overview about the Association, Dr. Ikemefuna Obiozor, said that though the Association is mainly for Ndi Anambra, they propose to commence AIPA Foundation, opening it up for other people to join the support drive.
Award presentations to the Member representing Anambra Central in the National Assembly, Senator Victor Umeh, and former Governor Dame Virgy Etiaba, among others were the highlights of the event.
The Anambra Irish Professionals Association comprises professionals of Anambra extraction, based in Ireland, who are in the State for a weeklong development oriented projects, through, ICT training, Medical Mission and the lecture series.