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Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State yesterday said the state is ready to accord Prof. Chinua Achebe a befitting burial’ The governor said his government would always honour people like him, both dead and alive, who had contributed positively to the advancement of the society. Governor Obi said this during the inspection of St. Philip’s Anglican Church, where Achebe’s burial service would take place on May 23.

The remains of the renowned author would arrive Abuja tomorrow from the United States of America. At Ogidi, the governor inspected his country home and his final resting place, designed as a mini museum to house all his works. Obi, who expressed satisfaction with the level of preparations, called on the people of the state, especially Anambra people to emulate people like Achebe rather than despicable characters who were let loose on the state. Governor Obi disclosed yesterday that the state government would partner with the Anglican Diocese of Aguata for the construction of a modern maternity.

The maternity, which would cost N30 million, according to the governor, was in the spirit of collaboration between the church and the government of Anambra State. Speaking at the second session of the third synod of the Diocese at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Umuchu, the Anglican Bishop of Aguata and the Archbishop of the Province on the Niger, Most Rev. Christian Efobi thanked the governor for the developmentof in state. He commended him for being a man of his words.

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