….as Umahi wins Ziks Excellence in Leadership Award.

Today in the Capital City of Anambra State Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Awka was agoged with prominent Nigerians who attended the 9 &10 combined Zik Lecture Series Anniversary Celebration 2021.

Delivering a lecture on a theme that suits the mood of the nation: ‘Security, Governance and Nation Building,’ the Governor of Ekiti State who is also the Chairman of Nigeria Governor’s Forum,His Excellency, Dr Kayode Fayemi,CON alluded to Zikism as a principle that will guarantee a prosperous Nigeria. The resource person noted that the great Zik of Africa championed the course of building a nation where the safety of every citizen is assured and where there would be equal opportunities for all, regardless of the language they speak, the place where they come from and how they worship God. Governor Fayemi further maintained that ‘the great Zik of Africa envisioned a country that would be ” perpetual and indestructible”on account of its ability to remain adaptive and responsive to the shifting challenges and its commitment to meet the aspirations of every generation of Nigerians. According to him, the indistructibility of Nigeria as envisaged by Zik is indeed best assured when the majority of Nigerians are emotionally connected to Nigeria because of what Nigeria is able to do for them. In essence, the legitmacy of the nation- state is not in making demands of patriotism but in the quality of life it provides for it’s citizens towards building mutual trust and common good’.

Declaring the occasion open, the Chairman of the Anniversary Celebration, His Excellency Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE (Akubaraoha), Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman South East Governors Forum took the audience to a memory lane on how Zik dedicated his virtues and intellects towards building a united and purposeful Nigeria.The Governor who was ably represented by his Deputy, His Excellency, Barr. Eric Kelechi Igwe PhD, said that the great Zik represents the symbol of nationalism and his contributions to socio-economic and political develoment of Nigeria accounts for the reason he is being celebrated by all segments of the society. He said security is central and fundamental to human existence, stating that section 14(2) of the Nigerian constitution explicitly provides that security and welfare of the people is the primary duty of government at all levels. He maintained that security cannot be divorced from socio-economic and political growth and development of Nigeria

On his part, the Vice- Chancellor of the University, Prof Charles O. Esimone FAS,FPSN said that embibing Zikism entails that we must distill and disseminate the values and concepts that underpinned his political philosophy.

Recognising the role of contemporary leaders in nation building,the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof Uche Collins Nwogwugwu, MNES, PHF said Governor Umahi has distinguished himself for turning around his State in terms of infrastructure- road construction, education, health, agriculture,and even workers’ welfare.
One of the highlights of the event was the Excellence in Leadership Award given to Governor Umahi by the organizers of Ziks Lecture Series.

Dignitaries that attended the event were among others:
➖The Governor of Ekiti State,His Excellency Dr Kayode Fayemi CON
➖The Governor of Ebonyi State His Excellency, Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE (Akubaraoha) represented by his Deputy, His Excellency Barr. Eric Kelechi, PhD
➖The Governors of Anambra and Enugu States represented by their SSGs.
➖Distinguished Senator Iyom Uche Ekwunife,PhD, Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District
➖Sen. Ben.Ndi Obi,CON, Ojeligbo- Presidential Adviser on Inter- Party Affairs
➖HRM,Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred U. Achebe,CFR,MNI,Obi of Onitsha
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