Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed sadness over the death of Nigeria’s Literary Icon, Captain Elechi Amadi.
This was made public on Wednesday in a statement by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.
In a condolence message to the family, the people of Rivers State and the entire country, Governor Wike described late Amadi’s passage as a loss to the country.
He said that the contributions of the Literary Icon to the development of the nation were legendary.
The Governor added that his literary works promoted Rivers State, the Niger Delta region and the country, hence he would be celebrated by Rivers State and all lovers of literature across the country.
He said that Captain Amadi was a consummate patriot, a great literary icon, a soldier’s soldier and development enthusiast.
Governor Wike prayed God to grant his immediate family the strength to bear the irreparable loss, stating that his achievements in different areas of national life would always be remembered.
Captain Amadi, aged 82, was born on May 12 in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.
‘The Concubine’ writer was an author of plays and novels that were generally about African village life, customs, beliefs and religious practices before the Western world.
The Foundation for Partnerships initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) has revealed plans to partner with the Cross River State government to boost its agricultural sector.
The Program Director of PIND, Dara Akala, disclosed this during a meeting with the representatives of the group and the state government in Calabar, the state’s capital in southern Nigeria.
He said the Foundation would not relent in its aggressive grassroots campaign for peace in the Niger Delta region, in order for the region to be adequately developed with focus on agriculture.
Mr Akala assured of the government of PIND’s adequate support in areas of cocoa, cassava and aquaculture interventions through a viable seedling production that is viable.
In his words, the Chief Economic Adviser to the state government, Francis Ntamu, said the main thrust was to make the agricultural sector robust by increasing its output significantly which would in extension, boost the signature projects of the Governor Ben Ayade led administration.
PIND is a nonprofit foundation established to support a portfolio of socio-economic development programs for the Niger Delta in order to improve standards of living of communities in the region.
Farmers in the state anxiously look forward to the realisation of these promises which will in turn boost their agricultural output.
The foundation has met with the Cross River State Planning Commission to identify key areas in the agricultural sector where PIND can support the state by increasing productivity and improving the lives of farmers.