15 December 2020 By Joesph Anzaku
The Federal Government has been urged to make the Education sector more vibrant to enhance teaching and learning.
The Igwe of Ogidi, His Royal Majesty, Alex Uzodinma Onyido, made the call during a courtesy visit by the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, led by its National President, Ahmed Maiwada in Ogidi Kingdom Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra State.
His Royal Majesty, Onyido, explained that if more funds are allocated to the education sector it would promote literary studies that would boost the nation’s economy.
He appealed to Government to provide intervention funds for innovation hubs across the six Geopolitical zones of the Country.
According to him,” literature remains key instrument for the realisation of the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plans, to grow the economy from a resource-base to a knowledge-driven economy.”
He said it is time for Government to encourage young Nigerians who are doing incredibly well in literature to contribute their quota in nation building.
While calling on the Federal Government to come to the aid of Ogidi Kingdom to build and complete the Model School as projected by the former President Jonathan-led administration in furtherance of Achebe’s laudable legacies, HRM Onyido, tasked men of goodwill and captains of industry to assist in the completion of the proposed Achebe Memorial Centre for a new phase of development in the Kingdom.
The monarch who appreciated the ANA leadership for finding time to visit Achebe’s Country home in Ogidi, described the gesture as a prove that the literary legacies of their son, Professor Achebe have continually touched and mentored many young writers.
According to him authors are the conscience of the society,
“Use your works to continually promote peace, unity and development just the way Achebe does in his novels and other books”.
“While I thank you for this epoch visit to my palace, I charge you to carry on the goodwill and legacies of our son and father whose foresight saw the need for a body of writers to come together as ANA in other to forge a common front”.
The Eze of Ogidi, who further pledged the support of the kinsmen of the late Achebe to ANA, appealed to them to use their works as a tool for social change just the way Achebe does in his published works.
The Monarch used the occasion to appeal to Government at all levels to involve traditional rulers in their policies to enable them contribute their quota in halting the increasing security threat across the country.
Earlier in his opening remarks, National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Ahmed Maiwada, stated that the purpose of the visit to Ogidi land was to pay homage to the founder of ANA whose foresight saw the need for writers to come together and speak in one voice towards national development.
Mr. Maiwada expressed regret that ANA has been divided over issues that can be resolved amicably if all come together and jettison their ego to walk in tandem with the motive of which ANA was founded by the late legendary Professor Achebe – on unity, integrity, morality and goodwill.
After the visit to the Igwe’s palace, the delegation was taken to the late Achebe’s family home in Ogidi and the mausoleum where he was buried.
The visit to the Monarch was part of activities to mark the 39th International Convention of ANA, which took place in Awka, the Anambra State Capital.