Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has said that the state is ready to accord the late literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe, a befitting burial and that the state government would not relent in honouring people like him, who contributed positively to the advancement of the society.
The governor spoke during the inspection of St. Philip's Anglican Church, where Achebe’s funeral service will take place. He later visited Achebe's country home, Ogidi, where his remains would be laid to rest, which is nearing completion and is designed as a mini museum to house all his works.
According to a press statement by the governor’s spokesman, Val Obienyen, yesterday, the governor expressed satisfaction with the preparations and called on the people of the state, especially Anambra people to emulate people like Achebe rather than despicable characters that are let loose on the state.
Meanwhile, Anambra State Government will partner the Anglican Diocese of Aguata for the construction of a modern maternity. Obi disclosed this yesterday at the second session of the Third Synod of the Diocese at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Umuchu.
The maternity, which will cost N30 million, is in the spirit of the collaboration between the church and the government of Anambra State. Obi said he was encouraged to deepen the collaboration because the church by its nature was better positioned to reach the people in the spirit of love and compassion. He said the basic thing remained the fact that any project executed either through the government or the church was for the good of the people.
Speaking at the event, the Anglican Bishop of Aguata and the Archbishop of the Province on the Niger, Most Rev. Christian Efobi, thanked the governor for changing the face of the state through massive work.