Lagos State chapter of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has commended The Sun Publishing Limited for contributing immensely to the development of the country.
Speaking when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit, yesterday, President of Ohanaeze Lagos, Chief Nnamdi Nwigwe, said The Sun has, over the years, proved to be an important agent of development, having been forthright in information dissemination, analysis of issues and also, living up to its motto of “Voice of the Nation.”
He said Ohanaeze would want to forge an enduring partnership with The Sun; in the Nigerian project.
Shedding light on the activities of Ohanaeze, Nwigwe said the current executives were inaugurated last year, to pilot the affairs of Igbo in Lagos, in consultation with other Igbo advocacy groups, including Ndieze Na Uzo, Ije and market associations.
He said the new executives, within its four years tenure, plans to build an Igbo Resource Centre which would “serve as an incubator for members to meet and discuss issues that concerns the country.”
Nwigwe said other projects to be carried out by Ohanaeze Lagos include scholarship endowment scheme, employment empowerment scheme, periodic interactive forum and partner with Lagos State government on economic and cultural affairs.
“Ndigbo in Lagos have always seen and embraced Lagos as a home, a bit far away from their ancestral home (Alaigo), and thereby, give Lagos the best in them. We will not only continue but improve on it.”
The Ohanaeze chieftain said Igbo founding fathers, such as the late Nnamdi Azikwe, Louis Odumegwu, Dr. K.O. Mbadiwe and others, made marks in Lagos and “left for us a legacy that has stood any Igbo man out in Lagos.”
He promised that Igbo will do all within their “ability to keep this light shinning,” and pledged: “We cannot forget that it was a Yoruba man, Herbert Macaulay, who handed over to Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe the leadership of the largest group in Africa, in this Lagos. For this, we will forever give our respect to both the government and people of Lagos State.”
Receiving the Ohanaeze Ndigbo executives, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie, expressed his appreciation to the group for not only identifying with the newspaper but also, contributing its quota to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
He said: “For associations like yours, we do believe that what you are doing is all part of nation-building as there is nothing to feel bad or apologetic in promoting one’s culture.”
Osagie promised Ohanaeze The Sun partnership in any activity that is for the good of the country. He said the group is doing worthy and noble things which will promote peaceful co-existence and brotherhood.