Onitsha Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture on Friday urged the Federal Government to complete Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Mausoleum, abandoned more than 17 years ago.
The President of the chamber, Dr Tim Anosike, gave the advice in an interview with agency reporter in Onitsha, Anambra.
According to Anosike, the delay in completing the mausoleum is a show of disrespect for the late Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president.”
“I know we are equal to the task; we can provide more than enough for that project bearing in mind the importance of the mausoleum.
“So, what I am saying is that that project should be speeded up; whatever should be done to make sure that project is finished is what we are looking forward to.”
“We are tired of hearing the stories that this project will take many years to finish.”
“It’s something they can finish within nine months if they are determined.”
The president of the chamber said, when completed, the mausoleum would be a tourists’ attraction just as other mausoleums of great leaders all over the world.
He said, “When you go round the big cities in the world, you will see specially designed places meant for the remembrance of great leaders and statesmen and you will see tourists trooping in their thousands yearly to such places.
“Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, popularly known as ‘Zik of Africa’, was great not only in the country, but in Africa and stands as one of the foremost African leaders that liberated the continent from colonialists.”
It will be recalled that at the last Ofala Festival, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe had appealed to the Federal Government to see to the completion of the mausoleum as soon as possible.