Awka-Anambra State House of Assembly has called on the State Government to direct the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development to complete the Mazi Chidozie Ogbalu Igbo Language Centre.
The House also urged the commissioner to as a matter of urgency call the contractor handling the said project back to site.
The House made this call following a motion sponsored by the Deputy Majority Leader and member representing Orumba North, Mr Emeka Aforka on Aug. 20.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Paschal Agbodike, who presided during plenary said immortalising the former Igbo Language promoter would spur our people to impact meaningfully to the state.
The deputy speaker read out the resolution, while the lawmakers unanimously adopted it through voice votes.
In his submission, Mr Aforka said he was aware that the Assembly passed a bill and several other resolutions to ensure the sustainability of Igbo Language and Culture in the State.
“Anambra State Civil Servants and students of Government-owned schools are required to dress in traditional attire to promote Culture, use Igbo language in all interactions on Wednesdays.
“On May 11, 2011, the State Government laid the foundation stone of Mazi Chidozie Ogbalu Igbo Language Centre behind Kenneth Dike library, Awka to institutionalise, encourage and promote the sustainability of Igbo Language.
“It is worrisome that the centre has been in the roofing stage for a very long time and needs to be completed to actualise the aim of setting it up.
“When completed, the Centre will contribute to the sustainability of Igbo Language, facilitating its teaching, learning, speaking and writing,” Mr Aforka remarked.
Contributing to the motion, member representing Njikoka 2, Mr Pete Ibida said the centre when completed would immortalise the foremost Igbo language promoter, Mazi Chidozie Ogbalu, an Indigene of Anambra.
Mr Emmanuel Nwafor (Orumba South) noted that it would serve as a centre for short term course for the teaching of Igbo Language to public servants and others who might need it.
Source: Anambra State Government