Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Anambra State Government in partnership with Generations For Peace Foundation are set to organise the maiden edition of Anambra Hall of Fame Award slated for 8th September this year.
The project is intended to recognise as well as celebrate Ndi-Anambra who have impacted positively on the lives of the citizenry through genuine philanthropy and community development projects.
Addressing newsmen in Awka at the weekend during a press conference to mark the official commencement of nominations for the 2018 Anambra Hall of Fame Award, the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy Hon. Bonaventure Enemali said it was of paramount importance to honour those who had been supporting government’s activities through genuine humanitarian services in the rural communities.
He said the award ceremony was the first of its kind in the state and it would strictly be on merit as the exercise would also be based on practical evidence of community-based development service pointing out that the project would not be hijacked by politicians and their cronies.
Enemali however explained that about 21 persons would be honoured with Philanthropic Order of Merit Award on the occasion to recognise their contributions to the betterment of the society as well as encourage other well-to-do individuals to invest in rural development projects.
Executive Director of Generations for Peace Foundation Engr. Emeka Ayadubalu in his remarks thanked Governor Willie Obiano for creating an enabling business environment to grow the economy.
Ayadubalu also stated that the 2018 Anambra Hall of Fame would be held on World Charity Day in order to encourage the spirit of philanthropy as well as build a stronger and better society.
A Professor of Developmental Counselling Psychology, Prof. Mercy Anabogu, who was part of the news briefing, extolled Governor Willie Obiano’s choice of a youth as commissioner to spearhead the ministry of youth empowerment and creative economy, adding that the commissioner has the credentials to disabuse and dissuade youngsters from anti-social tendencies.
She said the upcoming Anambra Hall of Fame was intended to recognise those who had deployed their financial resources and technical know-how to the advancement of humanity, noting that the project would alleviate the problems of the society as well as help to revamp skill acquisition centres across the state as more philanthropists would venture into the sector to empower people with requisite skills for self-help and self-development.