Igbo businessmen residing across the country other than the South East have been advised to return to their home of origin and invest in its economy.
The call was made by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and Chief Nnia Nwodo, President-General of apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Oganaeze Ndigbo, on Tuesday.
Speaking at an event of the Ebonyi Business Forum, which held at the Ecumenical Centre, in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, both leaders said the way and manner Ndigbo continued to overlook the investment opportunities that abound in the zone was partly responsible for the slow pace of economic development in the region.
They insisted that the situation must change if the region was ready to take its rightful place in the country.
“Ebonyians and Ndigbo in general should visit and invest in any sector of their interest. All the necessary environments that aided the growth of businesses have been provided in the state,” Governor Umahi said on business opportunities in the state.
Chief Nwodo, on his part, applauded Igbo investors from Lagos State who were in the state for investment purposes, saying with the level of infrastructural development in Ebonyi, the state would soon become the economic hub of the entire South-East.
“It is said a good wealth is the one that reaches home. I am aware that Igbo registered voters in Lagos are more than three million people,” said the Ohanaeze President.
“But during the elections, they are reminded that Lagos is not their father’s land. When things like that happen, it reminds you that you come from somewhere; and the need to go home. We have to develop Alaigbo, and turn it into what Catalonian is to t Spain, and what Berlin is to Germany.”
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