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The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo has asserted that the emergence of Dr. Alex Otti, as the Governor of Abia State is not just an answered prayer for the people of Abia State but for the South East and the whole of Nigeria.
Soludo gave a speech at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Ikwuano Local Government Area, Abia State, where he gave the keynote address at the ceremony marking the institution’s Founder’s Day and 30th anniversary of its founding.
Referring to Otti as the “New Abia” Governor, Soludo said: “The election of Governor Otti is not just an answered prayer for Abians but for the South East and the whole of Nigeria.”
He told the audience that he had no doubt in his mind that Abia, in the hands of Dr. Otti, is very safe and on a path to greatness.
“You ain’t seen nothing yet, it’s about three months now, he is just starting. We are all starting. South East will not be the same again,” Soludo, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) declared.
In a keynote lecture titled, ‘Leadership, Agriculture And Entrepreneurship: The Dr. Michael Iheonukara Okpara Model For National Growth and Identity,’ which he retitled, ‘Our Future is in our Past,’ Soludo extolled the exemplary leadership qualities and selfless service of the late premier of Eastern Nigeria, who hails from Ohuhu in Umuahia.
The Anambra governor highlighted some of the legacies of the late Dr. Okpara which include farm settlements in all the provinces of the Old Eastern Region, provision of pipe-borne water, electricity, well-planned clean cities, and good road networks, among others.
In his remarks, Otti described Soludo as an erudite scholar, and an economist of repute. He thanked the Michael Okpara University leadership for taking the wise decision to invite Prof. Soludo to give the keynote lecture.
While inaugurating the endowment fund established in honour of Dr. Okpara, by the University, Governor Otti said he remains a student of Dr. Michael Okpara’s brand of economics, which he has demonstrated by appointing experts in various fields in his cabinet.