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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

Igbo leaders in Cross River state have lauded Gov Ben Ayade for finding Igbo sons and daughters worthy of appointment into his government and, therefore, pledged to deepen their support to the governor’s industrialisation drive.

They made the remarks in Calabar during a thanksgiving/award ceremony for political appointees of Igbo extraction, organised by an Igbo socio-cultural group, the Igbo Congress, and held in Calabar at the weekend.

They described the appointments as, not only a novelty, but a depiction of good working relationship between Igbos in Cross River and their host communities.

The appointees are Ugoji Nwabueze, senior special assistant on non-indigenes affairs, Dr Nancy Irek, senior special assistant on information and Mr Chidiebere Onyemaizu, senior special assistant on print media.

Speaking, the president of Igbo Congress, Cross River chapter, Prince Raymond Atulomah, said Governor Ayade had demonstrated rare courage and show of love with the said appointments, noting that, with such gesture, the age-long relationship was being cemented.

Atulomah explained that the group was made up of Igbo professionals cutting across academics, legal, business, the media and public service and that Igbo Congress would strive to ensure that the existing healthy relationship between the Igbo and their host communities in Cross River state continued to prevail.

“Appointing some Igbo professionals into political offices in Cross River government is novelty. We thank our Professor Ben Ayade for remembering us. We enjoin you to do more as we are solidly behind you, especially, in the area of industrialisation,” he submitted.

Also speaking, chairman at the occasion, Professor Rufus Okoro, of the department of physics, University of Calabar, said Ndi Igbo had enormous potentials in every sector and were willing to partner with the government to reposition the state.

The event, which was preceded by thanksgiving service, held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Calabar, also witnessed the honouring of Okoro, Justice A. Onyebueke of Akamkpa High Court, Mr Ugochukwu Iheukwumere, Elder Chukwudi Samuel and Ide Chris Azuatalam from the business sector.

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