Ogidi (Anambra) – Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra, on Sunday said that the state was ready to accord Prof. Chinua Achebe a befitting burial.
Obi stated this while inspecting the St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area, where the burial service will take place on May 23.
The governor had inspected his country home and the author’s final resting place, which was nearly completed and designed as a mini museum to house all Achebe’s works.
Obi, who expressed satisfaction with the level of preparations, urged Nigerians to emulate the late literary icon, noting that the state government would not relent in honouring people like Achebe, who contributed positively to the advancement of the society.
Meanwhile, the state government is to partner with the Anglican Diocese of Aguata for the construction of a modern maternity in the area.
Obi said this on Sunday at the second session of the third synod of the Diocese at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Umuchu.
The governor said that the maternity, which would cost N30 million, was to encourage the deepening of the collaboration between the Church and government in providing the people with love and compassion.
According to him, the basic fact remains that any project executed either by the government or the Church is for the good of the people.
Most Rev. Christian Efobi, the Anglican Bishop of Aguata and the Archbishop of the Province on the Niger, thanked the governor for what he described as “good governance for the people of the state’’. (NAN)
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