Worldwide criticism has trailed the announcement that Igbo traders and merchants in Lokoja in Northern Nigeria
have concluded plans to launch N200 million social responsibility fund to facilitate development of the permanent site of a comprehensive college.
Acting under the aegis of Igbo Community Association, Lokoja branch, the Igbos in Kogi State plans to use the commissioning of the college to celebrate its centenary anniversary, which exmplifies peaceful communal living in Nigeria.
President of the association, Mr. O.A. Achinivu, said: “The official handover of the college project to Kogi State government is expected to coincide with Nigeria’s Centenary of programmes.
“Senator Tunde Ogbeha will chair the event, while the Deputy Senate President and Speaker of ECOW AS Parliament, Senator lke Ekweremadu, will be the special guest of honour.
“The executive governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Wada, will be the host governor. The event is expected to bring together governors of the South East states, members of the National Assembly, captains of industries and commerce in Nigeria.”
He said the celebration of the association’s centenary, which comes up May 18, 2013, at the Central Stadium, Lokoja, had as its theme, “Cultural Integration: Veritable Tool for National Unity.”
According to him, the occasion will feature traditional dance displays, command performance and presentation of prizes and trophies, amongst others.