The incumbent Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said that education is the foundation for increased socioeconomic advancement in the society. He made the submission during the inauguration of the Ishmael Ikpeazu Memorial Library and Center for Scientific Leadership in Abia state. It is gathered that the resource center was built by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to honour his father, late Mr Ishmeal Ikpeazu, who was a teacher during his lifetime.
Governor Ikpeazu said in a remark that the resource center was built to reflect the ideals, and encapsulate the legacies of his late father; and that It will comprise of people capable of changing the leadership paradigm and think differently. “The building will house a science laboratory that will be focused on validating folk medicine and a mini museum that will house relics of the Ikpeazu dynasty. There is an e-library that will contain 30 million volumes of books to grant users access to a plethora of books and a guest house to provide accommodation for researchers,” he said.
Ikpeazu concluded by saying that the center was very symbolic because of the impact it will have on the people who use it as they will have access to state of the art facilities. Governor Wike said the resource center will be a place that will serve as a hub which will show that education is the base on which the entire building of human development stands. He further said that the resource center will be a symbol of a fruitful effort to preserve legacies that will eventually contribute to positively impacting the future generation.
Also, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the Former governor of Ekit state, commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for building a center to preserve the legacy of his late father. Fayose further commended the governor of Abia state for adopting a style of leadership that encouraged inclusion and active participation of the citizens.