The Igbo people of Abia state residing in Cross River state, under the aegis of Nzuko Ndi Abia, have honoured Governor Ben Ayade with a traditional title of Enyi Ndi Abia (a true son of Abia), while the minister of state, mines and steel development, Dr. Uche Ogah, was honoured with the title of Opurulche (meaning you stand out in the crowd, your works speak volumes).
They did this in Calabar, Friday, during the civic reception and public lecture which had Ogah as the guest lecturer.
In his remarks, the president, Nzuko Ndia Abia, Cross River chapter, Prince Raymond Obidike Atulomah, noted they appreciated the governor for reciprocating his gesture in the appointment of five sons and daughters of Igbo extraction into key roles in the state’s public service.
“We will devote ourselves towards earning, even if incrementally His Excellency’s continued friendship,” he said, adding that Nigerians were benefitting from the minister’s philanthropic mien.
According to him, Ogah “has touched the lives of many Cross Riverians.”
Presenting the public lecture entitled ‘Politics, Innovations and Development in Nigeria,’ the minister lamented that “politics is treated as a plague in Nigeria.”
He said, “Politics is not a plague. This mentality should stop. This is because politics and government affect our lives and without politics there is no government. The government provides social amenities and makes laws for us to have a saner society.
“It is crucial we show interest in politics because we cannot complain about politics if we are not committed to it. If it’s played in a way, it could usher in the development of society.
“When innovations are rightly applied, positive results happen. It is now time for us to utilise our political innovations to develop our state.”
In his remarks, the representative of the governor, Chief Ugorji Nwabueze, who doubles as president-general, Ohaneze Ndigbo in the state, said Governor Ayade was proud of the peaceful disposition of the Igbo people in the state and had, therefore, promised to always stand by them to ensure that their business and welfare were not threatened.