By Isaac Ojo
A notable business magnate, Prince Author Eze, has said that electing Nnewi person as next governor of Anambra state would help hasten development and job creation in the state.
Eze, who was at the palace of Igwe Keneth Orizu of Nnewi, to introduced the new AIG of Zone 13, AIG Danmallam Mohammed, to the Anambra South Traditional Rulers Council, said that Nnewi had contributed greatly to the development of the state, and south east in general; contending that empowering a son of the community to succeed Obiano at the Agu Awka government house come 2021, would further energise the people in their drive to make Anambra and south east industrial and economic hubs.
He said: “Nnewi has contributed significantly to the development of Anambra state and the southeast by extension. Notable companies such as the Innoson Motors, Innoson Plastics, Ibeto Cement and Ibeto Petrochemical, Capital Oil and Gas, A-Z Oil and Gas, Choscharis, Emzor Pharmaceuticals, among others, are owned by Nnewi sons and daughters. Through these companies, they created jobs and boost the socioeconomic development of Anambra, southeast, and Nigeria in general.
“In the past, names like Chukwuemka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Sir Louis Ojukwu, Akweke Nwafor-Orizu, among many others, were names that projected the image of the state to the outside world. So, Nnewi people have done much, and, in my own opinion, if any of their sons gunning for the governorship seat in 2021, is considered to succeed Obiano, I believe, Anambra State will move to a higher pedestrian.”
He further urged the traditional rulers and their subjects to give the new AIG all the necessary supports he would need to succeed, and to fight crime.
“Please, His Royal Majesties, our main reason of coming to you is not only to introduce the new AIG to you, but also to seek your cooperation and those of your subjects, so that he will succeed.
“The new zone covers Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi states; but as the host state, it is our duty to help the new zone succeed by helping them nip crime in the bud,” he added.
Responding on behalf of the traditional rulers, the chairman of Anambra South Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Nnabuife of Isseke Ancient Kingdom, assured the visitors of the support of Anambra South traditional rulers, and urged the new AIG to hold the new zone professionally, so that police in the zone would not lose sight of their professional duties. He also commended Prince Author Eze for his giant stride in attracting the zone to Anambra.
Earlier, AIG Danmallam Mohammed, commended Anambra people and the traditional rulers in particular, for warm reception accorded him on assumption of office as pioneer AIG of Zone 13. He assured that personnel of the new zone would not derail from the purpose of establishing it.