…unveil Soludo Smart Anambra Mega City Plan
By O’star Eze
In the light of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State come 2021, academic dons, experts in various fields of endeavour and political office holders in Anambra State converged at Nkpologwu, Aguata LGA, Saturday August 22, to inaugurate Aguata Soludo Promoters Forum and unveil the Soludo Smart Anambra Mega City Plan.
Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, while speaking to the attendees via phone call, expressed his appreciation to them and the conveyner for the initiative. He stated that though he was yet to declare officially for the race, he had been approached by more than 15 different groups rooting for his candidacy.
“This day August 22, 2020, will be treasured in my heart as it was the day my colleagues in my local government threw their weight behind me to go ahead and vie for governorship of Anambra State.
“My only desire is to see an Anambra State that is self sufficient, whose potential are fully tapped and whose citizens and inhabitants are gainfully employed with easy access to basis amenities of top notch standard. It is not a vision I can achieve alone as I need all of us who are well trained in various fields of endeavour to passionately and selflessly work towards actualising this vision,” he said.
In his welcome address, the chief convener of the event, Professor Romanus Ezeokonkwo noted that “the days of political experimentation and godfatherism are over in Anambra State.”
Professor Ezeokonkwo charged fellow professionals to ensure they play active role that would help Soludo clench the gubernatorial ticket and ultimately win the election.
“As professionals, how we behave during the forthcoming elections will either make or mar the next administration. If we sit on the fence, the wrong people will continue the trend but if we rise to the occasion we will get better result.
“The most qualified and most exposed individual has been found in Isuofia, Aguata LGA. A first class brain, a renown economist, an astute administrator, Mr Bank Reformer; Professor Chukwuma Soludo has the potential to make Anambra the Dubai Taiwan of Africa.
“He is in touch with his roots from when he occupied elevated positions. He plays vital role in brokering peace in Isuofia. He gave a face lift to the community primary school, Isuofia. Most astounding alumnus of the UNN, Soludo is a solution to our problems in Anambra State.
“We are here to make sure that Ndi Anambra do not make mistake in electing the next governor. We strongly believe you have very vital roles to play. Use your personality and influence to get the people conscious of Soludo’s qualification. Help in identifying influencers and make effort to convert them to become followers of soludo vision.”
One of the facilitators of the programme, Joe Anatune stated that, given the revolutionary effect of the Global Corona Virus pandemic, elites of the Nigerian society could not afford to remain apathetic towards politics.
He said the forum, which would be replicated in all the local government areas of the state, would be charged with stirring the professionals in the society to get fully involved in the political activities of the state and ensuring that the most qualified candidate, namely, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, takes over the reins of power in Anambra State come 2021 election.
In his words, “One of the low points of Nigerian politics is the apathy of elites. But now, the stakes are too high not to be involved. Our destinies, your destiny and that of our children can no longer be gambled away. No more. But we have to work for it.
“We charge us. We charge you to take this message of a glorious future to heart. To take it to your households. Take it to your communities. And to take it to your associations, and to all and sundry.”
Anatune observed that among all Anambra indigenes, no one else was as qualified and exposed as Professor Chukwuma Soludo, a first class economist, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and an economic consultant in various capacities.
Highpoints of the event were the unveiling of Soludo Model for a Smart Anambra Mega City and the constitution of leadership for the Soludo Promoters Forum, which was on volunteer basis. It comprised of academic teachers, barristers and former leaders in various capacities.
Among the attendees were Honourable Titus Anagbogu, former Transition Chairman of Aguata Local Government Area and APGA chieftain; Member representing Aguata 2 constituency at the Anambra State House of Assembly, Honourable Okechukwu Okoye and the traditional ruler of Nkpologwu, Igwe Moses Obijikwe Okpalanwaka.