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Anambra State Governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo has felicitated with one-time Governor of the state, Dame Virginia Ngozi Etiaba as she celebrated her 80th birthday on Friday, November 11.
Governor Soludo pointed out that Dame Etiaba, as she is popularly called, scored one of the many ‘firsts’ for Anambra State in 2006 when she made history as the first female governor in Nigeria.
During her short stint in office he said, was able to work on critical infrastructure, especially roads.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information Sir Paul Nwosu, Soludo said, that during her brief but remarkable tenure, her motherly disposition came to the fore as she signed the Anambra State Child Rights Act into law, thus creating a legal instrument to effectively check child abuse in the State.
‘As she joins the octogenarian club today, I wish her long life in very good health,’ the governor added.
Also, the immediate past governor of the state, Chief Willie Obiano congratulated Dame Etiaba on the occasion of her 80th birthday in good health.
Obiano describes her as an astute politician and a woman of great wisdom and courage who exhibited maturity when she returned power to her principal, Gov. Peter Obi, following his restoration by the Court of Appeal as governor of Anambra state.
He also described her as a woman of high integrity with the fear of God. ‘’By willingly handing over power to her principal, Dame Etiaba has carved a niche in the annals of history as a loyal officer who respected the rule of law’’.
She demonstrated faith in the law as a woman who has strong roots in the law, demonstrating that two of her children have attained the highest positions of law practice in Nigeria as SeniorAdvocates of Nigeria (SAN), Obiano hailed.