The speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Rita Maduagwu (centre) receiving Award of Excellence from President of APBN, Dr. Omede Idris (1st left) during the One Day Professional Stakeholders Forum held in Awka, Aug 10, 2017
The Association of Professional Bodies in Nigeria (APBN) has advocated for collaboration between professionals and government at all levels to propel the necessary developmental strides required for steady growth in society.
The Anambra State Chapter of the professional bodies made the advocacy on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at a one-day professional stakeholders' forum held at Finotel Hotel, Awka. It also featured the investiture of Engr. Dr. C. A. Ezeagu as the second chairman of the Anambra State branch of the association since its inception fifteen years ago.
The event was attended by members of all the thirty registered professional bodies; national president of the association, Dr. Omede Idris, state government officials, including the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Barr. Rita Mmaduagwu, who also received a merit award alongside the Managing Director of ABS, Nze Uche Nworah.
Other awardees included Hon. Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo, Rep. Njikoka/Anaocha/Dunukofia Federal Constituency; Hon. Afam Mbanefo, Anambra State Commissioner for Agricultural and Rural Development; traditional ruler of Ogidi, Igwe Pharm. Alex Onyido; and Builder Simon Okechukwu Okafor.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Willie Obiano urged the association to fish out quacks in their various professions, saying that quackery was a major disease that had eaten deep into the fabrics of society.
Obiano who was represented by the Commissioner for Lands, Dr. Okey Muoka, advised the body to borrow a leaf from the excellent performance which Anambra State was known for.
Also speaking, the National President of the association, Dr. Idris Omede, charged the state executive to increase their visibility and impact on the professional and socio economic development of the state through continuous synergy with the government.
For his part, the new state chairman of APBN, Engr. Celestine Ezeagu, said that they must work collectively to harmonize policies that would boost individual and government performance towards a viable society.
In a lecture titled, ''Transforming to a Modern Society: Agenda for South East'', a guest speaker who was the past director of Standard Organization of Nigeria, Dr. Ikem Odumodu, advised that research and investment should be done effectively in the agricultural sector to boost Nigeria's economy.
He regretted that there was hunger in Nigeria as a result of quackery and lack of solid framework that could attract investors, saying that the economies of Anambra and Lagos states thrived due to proper security network and other plans instituted by government that launched the two states into the international markets.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the out-going chairman of APBN, Anambra State Chapter, Builder Simon Okafor, said APBN was the conglomerate of recognized professional institutes, institutions, as well as an association that aimed to promote a new era of co-operation among professional bodies in Nigeria.
He explained that the membership of the body comprised 30 foremost registered, chartered and recognized professional bodies in Nigeria with a mandate to co-operate, support and serve as mouthpiece for all professional bodies and proffer well thought out positions to government on issues of state and national importance.
He assured that APBN would continue to raise, create awareness and highlight the importance of professionals in her collective goal and aspiration to serve Anambra State for better outcome and impact through efficiency.
The highpoint of the event was the administering of oath of office on the twelve-member executive of the association.