By Pamela Eboh
The Governor of Anambra State, Prof Chukwuma Soludo on Sunday announced the renaming of the Anambra International Airport after Late Prof Chinua Achebe.
Soludo who disclosed this during the Independence Day celebration held at the Dr Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, the state capital said that his government is firing from all cylinders, to ensure the development of the state.
Speaking further on the renaming of the airport, Soludo expressed joy that a good number of those who contributed to the independence of Nigeria in 1960, have had various projects named after them.
According to him, almost all who projects have been named after were public office holders, hence, his government chose to break away from the norm to recognize Achebe by naming the Anambra Airport after him.
While saying that one does not need to hold political position to contribute to the advancement of civilization, the governor said, “Henceforth, we shall be deliberate in fishing out and celebrating our largely unsung heroes, as motivation to our children and youths in terms of what matters, including distinguished teachers, medical and other professionals, persons of honesty and integrity, philanthropists with known sources of wealth, entrepreneurs/job creators, community leaders/developers, clergy with great devotion, etc.
“An example of Africa’s unsung hero is late Professor Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. Achebe was not a President or Governor or Minister. He did not build bridges or roads or airports. But he will outlive most presidents, governors or ministers.
“Achebe gave the African literature an identity and a voice. In a way, he rightly reconstructed and redefined who we are and we will never forget. Indeed, he was not an Anambra hero, nor a Nigerian hero. He was an African and global hero, and yet largely unsung at home.
“Consequently, we will rename the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport, Umueri, to CHINUA ACHEBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, UMUERI. Yes, it has to be an international airport, and we hope to work with the Federal Government to give full effect to its international status,” Soludo said.
Harping on his achievements in less than two years of his administration, Soludo said that his government in Anambra is deliberately executing the five pillars of the Soludo Solution Manifesto, which include, Security, law and Order; Infrastructure and Economic Transformation; Human Capital and Social Agenda.
Others were, Governance and Value System; and An agenda for clean, green, planned and sustainable communities, markets and cities.
He added, “We are firing from all cylinders in our haste to lay the foundations for a livable and prosperous homeland. In March 2024, we shall present our two-year comprehensive report card to Ndi Anambra.”
Soludo further said that the state will swim out of the troubled waters it finds itself in no time.