Ikpeazu woos Igbos to divest from Southeast region – Businessamlive

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has urged Igbo entrepreneurs in the Diaspora to divest some of their investments in the southeastern region of Nigeria to create jobs and improve the economy of the region.

Ikpeazu made the call at his country house in Unuobiakwa, Obingwa Local Government Area of ​​Abia State, during a leadership symposium to mark his 58th birthday.

He said the call became necessary because Ndi-Igbo developed other regions at the expense of their own.

“We have to realign our philosophy with what we have, so that we can take over the world, economically,” Ikpeazu said.

“The Igbos have the hardest working people in the world and all we have to do is look around and put together all we have to excel,” he said.

The Governor said it was to ensure a bright future for young people in the state and beyond that his administration conceptualized the Enyimba Economic City (EEC) project which, when completed, would provide jobs to more than 600,000 people.

“We need to find a way to find a vocation for our young people and EEC is the answer because it is going to provide over 600,000 jobs for our young people,” he said.

Ikpeazu described Bart Nnaji, Chairman of Geometric Power Limited, Aba, as a good example of an Igbo man, saying he was looking for a connection between the Geometric Powerhouse and the economic town of Enyimba.

Prominent academics and technocrats present at the event praised Ikpeazu for his administrative acumen and foresight.

George Obiozor, Professor and General President of Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, during the review of a book entitled

“Okezie Ikpeazu: Raising the Bar of Governance in Abia”, authored by Obiora Nzekwu, described Ikpeazu as the future high priest of Ndi-Igbo, noting that the book was well researched.

Obiozor, who was represented by Alex Ogbonnaya, praised Ikpeazu for championing the promotion of products made in Aba.

Darl Uzu, promoter of EEC, said work on the project, funded by Afreximbank, would start in early 2023.

Thanking Ikpeazu for the project, Uzu said the EEC is so dear to President Muhammadu Buhari that he transferred the federal government’s investment in the project through NSIA.

For his part, Nnaji described the EEC as a game changer, noting that when it becomes operational, people will no longer travel abroad for greener pastures.

He said Ikpeazu was passionate about the development of Igbo lands, hence his interest in both the EEC and the Geometric Powerhouse.

John Udeagbala, National Chairman of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mining and Agriculture (NACCIMA), urged Ndi-Igbo to reintroduce the apprenticeship system, modernize it and do certify by the government as it remains the biggest advantage that Ndi-Igbo has over other parts of the country.

“The Igbo people should be encouraged to invest in their lands to turn our brain drain into brain gain,” he said.