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All My Govt’s Efforts Is To Retain Our Best Brains In Abia – Gov. Otti Speaks Against Japa Syndrome


All My Govt’s Efforts Is To Retain Our Best Brains In Abia – Gov. Otti Speaks Against Japa Syndrome

The Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, has said that his administration is committed to making policies that will discourage the people from leaving the state and the country in search of greener pastures.

The governor while speaking at the burial of Nigeria’s foremost chartered accountants, Elder Kalu Uke Kalu, on Saturday, at Isiugwu, Ohafia in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia state, called on all Nigerian leaders to make deliberate efforts to tackle the ‘japa syndrome’ and ensure that the best brains are retained in service in the country

“When we do all the things we do in Abia, we want to attract our people that are outside, most importantly the people that are outside the shores of the State. We need to get them back, otherwise, we would get to a level where what will be left here will be the trace of the society. May it not happen to us in Jesus’ name!”

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Governor Otti described late Elder Kalu as a great Nigerian, who contributed immensely to the development of the society and called on all those in position of leadership, especially those occupying public offices, to learn from the legacies the deceased left behind.

“Today, we are here celebrating him; but as we celebrate him, we need to talk to ourselves. A lot of good men are going. We are now wondering, the best of the young people, are they here? Most of them have ‘japad’ (left the country). So, for those who are opportuned to lead, we need to deliberately make efforts to attract our best people back”.

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“Late Elder Kalu gave back to the society, to the Church, to the community, to everyone. We need to learn to give back to the society.

“He left challenges for us to copy. His humility, you can’t talk about it. Elder K. U. Kalu was humility personified and the challenge for us is to learn humility from Elder K.U. Kalu. He was integrity personified, the challenge for us is to learn integrity from him. He married Auntie Hazel (wife) for almost 60 years, he was a great family man. We need to learn being good family men and women from our Daddy lying here,” Governor Otti stated as he paid tribute to the deceased.

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Late Elder Kalu,was a founding partner and Executive Director, SKOUP & Company Limited.

Kalu died at 88, and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hazel Kalu, four children and a host of other relatives.


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Governor Alex Otti and former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, with his wife, Onari, at the funeral service of Elder Kalu Uke Kalu. Standing left is Abia Deputy Governor, Ikechukwu Emetu.

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