*Nkerefi Community shut down by captains of industries, political allies, oil expatriates_
*Extols Gov. Ugwuanyi’s exemplary leadership_
*Pledges commitment to agricultural revolution and non-oil export resources_
It was jubilation and fanfare yesterday at the thanksgiving reception of Honourable Engineer Mike Ogbuekwe at his Nkerefi country home in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State as people from all walks of life stormed the ancient kingdom in honour of the gaffer and engineering expert.
Engr. Mike Ogbuekwe who had earlier spoken with journalists stated that his thanksgiving was coming at a time God was showing his grace and faithfulness in his life. He disclosed that the journey wouldn’t have been possible without God, hence, the reason for the thanksgiving celebration.
While at the church, St. Patrick Catholic Church (Mount Zion), Nkerefi, where the thanksgiving Mass was celebrated, there was what seemed like a show of wealth and affluence by captains of industries and business magnates from Anambra as they dominated the list of generous donors toward the ongoing church building. While displaying their philanthropic acts at the church ground, many of the donors testified to the goodness of God in their lives.
Meanwhile, at the reception which held at Ogbuekwe’s mansion, our reporter noted the lack of space as the mammoth of people that graced the occasion, deferring status, class, colour, age, gender almost overwhelmed the security. Guests had come from faraway south west, south south and the north to celebrate with their colleague whom they described as “an Engineer with a difference in oil and gas industry and non-oil resources driven economy.” The colossal crowd forced the extension of the space beyond the stretch of the immediate vicinity to as far as some meters away.
There were the presence of top government functionaries from the 5 southeast states, such as commissioners, Managing Directors, Special Advisers, Members of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Members from different Houses of Assembly of states, and other governments’ corporations both federal and states.
Visibly noticed were also popular captains of industries, business moguls, entrepreneurs, downstream expatriates from multinational engineering companies, and automobile experts who had come to show solidarity with one of their folds.
Addressing his teeming well wishers and supporters, the former adviser to Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra state and current serving Special Adviser on Agriculture to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, immensely appreciated the governor for having confidence on his capacity to deliver and take the state beyond the petro-dollar dependent economy.
Engr. Ogbuekwe who further said the governor has performed beyond people’s expectations and has taken the state to envious height making it a topnotch state in the country in terms of internal revenue generation and prudent management of accrued resources, extolled Ugwuanyi’s leadership standard as second to none in Nigeria.
According to the United States trained Engineer, “Our working and performing Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has shown by his leadership model that good governance is still possible in the country. We can see how the system has transformed for better within a space of few years under the able leadership of His Excellency. He has set the pace for leadership which others must follow if Nigeria is to make any progress. Our happiness today is that Enugu state has made impressive progress in infrastructure, human capital development, entrepreneurship and agriculture. This was only possible because of one man; Rt. Hon. Ugwuanyi.”
In the same vein, the Special Adviser on Agriculture has reiterated his commitment to make the state a leading state in agriculture. According to him, the state has got the capacity to produce and export agricultural produce to different parts of the world. This, according to him, has been earning the citizens hard currencies. He disclosed that efforts were on ground to make Enugu state a leading state in non-oil export producing state in the country.
In honour of the occasion were the Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ik Obi, Prince Akachukwu of Skyshore Group who led other captains of industry from Enugu state, Nkanu East Local Government Chairman, Hon. Prince Uchenna Nwobodo, former Secretary to Enugu Government, and current Executive Chairman, Enugu State Science, Technical, Vocational School Management Board, Dr. GOC Ajah, mni, Enugu State Coordinating PDP Chairman and Nkanu East PDP Chairman, Hon. Prince Emeka Nwatu, Chief Chido Obidiegwu, Chief Barr. Phil Chinwuba, Chief Ifeanyi Aniagor who led other Managing Directors from Anambra state.
Others were Hon. Pharm. Nnamdi Okafor, Member representing the good people of Awka South I constituency who led other Anambra State House of Assembly Members, Nnaemeka Charles (Nani Boi), Permanent Member 4, Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Ralf Okoye, Chief Nwabufo, Mrs Stella Stanley, Mrs. Flora Katas who led the Senior Special Assistants to Gov. Obiano, High Chief Ogugua and Chief K C Morah both captains of industries led other business moguls from Anambra state in Diaspora; former Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Bishop Ralph Nwoye, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious Matters, Hon. Bishop Chinedu Nwoye.
Others included Hon. Arinze Chilo-Offia, Hon. Pascal Ukwuani, Hon. Ikenna Nwodo, Hon. Dubem Onyia Jr., all of who are serving Special Advisers, Prince Jim Dubem, President-General, Nkerefi Development Union, Hon. Patty Okoh, PDP Youth Leader, Enugu State, Chief Sunny Nwodo (Obele Igwe), Chairman Board of Trustee, Ndigbo United Forum and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Mobilization, Hon. Chinedu Mbah, Special Assistant to the Governor on Culture and President, Nkanu Youth Council (Worldwide), Hon. Monday Diamond Ani, Chief Engr. Chike Nnaji (Igwurube), HRH, Igwe Emmanuel Onukwube, Chief Ndubuisi Ani,ND Motors, Abuja, Enugu State PDP Women led by Women Leader, Hon. Mrs. Vera Ezeugwu, Nkanu East PDP Women, led by Chief Mrs. Ozoemena, Chief Chijioke, Efi na Nkerefi, Managing Director, Chi Motors, Lagos, President Nkanu Youth General Assembly and Technical Assistant to the Governor, Comrade Edeani, among numerous others.
Below are photos from the event: