A group, Igbo World Union (IWU) has called on the people of South-East origin living overseas to return home and invest in the zone order to foster the development of the area.
Speaking with newsmen in Aba, Abia state on IWU’s programmes for the year 2014, the group’s National President, Chief. Dr. Mishak Nnanta, said that sustainable development can only come to the region if its people living outside Igbo land show interest in the affairs of the zone.
Nnanta decried the level of backwardness in the economic development of South East zone and called for more prayers, stressing that the people of zone have lagged behind in the scheme of things.
“People of South East zone should start thinking towards tackling unemployment among graduates in the zone by citing some of their industries within the area in order to keep the youths off the street and also, to help grow the economy of the region that has been dropping rapidly,” the statement read in part.
” We also use this forum to ask that the South East people living abroad to think homewards, let some of the wealth that our people have outside be brought home as this will immensely contribute to the development of Igbo land, “he added.
The IWU National President who is set to begin a tour to sensitize Ndigbo living in other countries in February, 2014, further highlighted the importance of 2015 general election to the zone, and urged the electorate to be ready to use their votes to secure the future of their next generations.
“By February 2014, the executives of IWU would be touring Russia, Germany, England, USA and other countries where Ndigbo are living to sensitize them on the need to invest at home. As 2015 general elections are around the corner; we are also calling on Ndigbo at home to be ready to vote and defend their votes, with that we can secure our future and that of our generations to come. 2015 is the time for Ndigbo to support those who share the dreams of the brighter future for Igbo people. Ndigbo cannot afford to lag behind in the Nigeria project” Nnanta stated.