Anambra state Governor woos Italy on strategic partnership
By Chinwe Onuigbo, Awka
The governor of Anambra state, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, has expressed commitment to fostering strategic partnerships with the potentials of throwing open the gates of development into the state.
Governor Soludo was speaking while welcoming the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stefano De Leo and the Apostolic Nuncio, Most Rev. Antonio Guido Filipazzi, who recently visited the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia in Anambra state.
Describing their visit as a blessing of God, Governor Soludo said to the church that God loves Ekwulobia Diocese, Anambra and Nigeria.
“We must let you know we appreciate your visit. As a member of this Diocese, I have come to join my brothers in Christ to welcome you. To thank you immensely for your support to Nigeria and the Diocese of Ekwulobia. Your support is very eminent,” the Governor said.
The Bishop Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia, Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpalaeke thanked God for making the day possible, appreciated the love they have shown by creating time to visit and experience the rich Anambra culture and Nigerian hospitality.
Cardinal Okpalaeke emphasized that the attendance and sacrifice by all and sundry confirms their strong faith in God, love for the guests and solidarity with the church and Italian state.
“The memories of this visit will remain ever green in our minds.My prayer is that our coming together today will lead to increase in the faith of our people, improvement in our grassroots evangelization, invigoration and empowerment of the weak and the down-trodden.May God who has brought us together, lead us safely back to our various homes and places of work and apostolate,” His Eminence prayed.
The Senator for Anambra South Constituency, Dr. Ifeanyi Uba, Special Adviser to Governor Soludo on Youth Empowerment Program, Dr. Nelson Omenugha, Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye, among others attended the event.