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In Awka, APBN summit ends with clarion call on Igbo prog

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IT was indeed a moment of reflection and mind recalibration as the Anambra State Chapter of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) held her 2018 Independence Summit amidst deliberation on national issues.

The event, which took place in Awka, the capital city of Anambra State was well attended by professionals who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavour, both from within and outside the state.

Delivering his speech in the summit themed: “Nigeria Since Independence: So Far, How Far, For Igbo Nation?”; the keynote speaker, Igwe Alex Emeka Ilouno  of Ifitedunu, described the ndi Igbo as industrious, creative and persevering, even as he toured back to the time immemorial with practical instances of how Igbo have manifested these exceptional qualities.

These enviable qualities, he said, kept the Igbo succeeding and prospering even in the face of unfavourable treatments they are subjected to in the country which helped secure her independence.

Decrying the present day condition of Ndi Igbo and Igbo states in the country, Igwe Ilouno further re-echoed the ‘Akụlueuno’ clarion call, beckoning on the naturally industrious Igbos to use their God-given creative minds and wealth to turn their marginalisation into advantages, hence reducing their dependence on the federal government, which has over the years formed dumb ears to their plights.

Contributing, one of the discussants, Prof. Stella Okunna, who is also the Dean, Faculty of Social Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, mourned the death of Merit System in the country and the operation ‘pool him down’ syndrome raging among the Igbo nation,

who she said should have supportively united themselves in one accord to secure this desired status and position in the country. This syndrome, she said, was not a culture of a Yoruba man or an Hausa man.

Registering her optimism and belief on true federalism, Prof. Okunna therefore, called on the Igbos to jettison the ‘pool him down’ syndrome and place the collective interest of the Igbo Nation above their individual interests, without which, she said, they might not win the struggle of securing their desired status in the country.

Another discussant at the summit, Mr. Ibiulo Bruno, who noted that every nation is dependent in one way or the other said that the professionals had a lot of roles to play in bettering the condition of Ndi Igbo and the country at large, and hence called for youths development in different fields of profession, and also charged the professionals to develop and build in those key areas of need, thereby leveraging the so called marginalization.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Igwe Ben Emeka of Umueri, described the summit and its theme as apt, given the present day situation of the country and the position of Ndi Igbo therein.

In his address of welcome, the state chairman of APBN,  Dr. S.A. Ezeagu, said the association is a forum that unites the different professional bodies in the country and also give them the opportunity to discuss and proffer solutions to salient issues affecting them and the country at large. He said that the aim of this year’s edition was not far from securing the professionals’ inputs and opinions in the age-old clamour for restructuring in the country, which he said they needed to think professionally before releasing.

Others who spoke at the event included: the National President of APBN, Engr. Olumuyiwa Alade Ajibola (Agbakin of Ile Ife); the L.O.C Chairman, Lady Chinwe Nnedum; the Traditional Ruler of Awka, Obi  Gibson Nwosu; the Traditional Ruler of Ogidi, Igwe Alex Onyido ; the MD/E-in-Chief of National Light Newspaper, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, among others.

The event also featured presentation giving of awards to some distinguished personalities, organisations and professional bodies in the state, as well as the inauguration of the Board of Trustees members of the association in the state chaired by Igwe Alex Onyido.

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