Enugu State Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been commended for the on-going rehabilitation and upgrading into a tourist centre, the official residence of the late premier of former Eastern Region for the celebration and immortalization of the legacies of the late foremost Pan-Africanist, exemplary nationalist, doyen of journalism, great leader and first indigenous President of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
The move was described as proving that the labours of our past heroes shall never be in vain.
The National President, Coalition of Civil Society and Media Executives for Policy Stability (COCMEP), Comrade Innocent Ebirim Okadigbo who made the commendation in Abuja recently also lauded Ugwuanyi for the on-going rehabilitation of Enugu Zoo to a tourist site and for simultaneously launching 35 development projects for the 17 local Government Areas in the state mainly on 25 roads and transport infrastructure, hospitals, water, and electricity.
Okadigbo expressed regret that since the demise of the famous Zik of Africa, Nigeria and South East leaders have not done any remarkable thing to institutionalize his legacies.
He hailed the governor for what he called "his thoughtfulness, exemplary leadership and magnanimity" in remembering the worthy life of great Zik.
Apart from rekindling the philosophies and legacies of the late Zik for unity, peace, good governance and development of Nigeria and Enugu State, the activist hinted that such tourist attraction can boost revenue base and investment profile of the state as well as motivate current leaders to do good for the people.
"South East Governors should emulate this kind gesture of Enugu State Governor by instituting an annual or bi-annual Zik's memorial lecture and establishment of Zik's centre for social and political research respectively", he said.
The COCMEP President described Ugwuanyi as a revolutionary thinker who has reshaped leadership paradigm in the state to be deeply innovative and people oriented.