Â By Christopher Amadi, Umuahia
Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on Ndigbo to consider coming to invest at home as the only way to fast track the development of their homeland.Â To the governor, every true Igbo investor should be conscious of developing his/her home land as one of the ways to improve the human and industrial development of their people.Â
Ikpeazu who spoke with newsmen at Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri, noted that development of Igboland is a duty every Igbo son and daughter must be part of, stressing that all hands must be deck to ensure a holistic development of the southeast region.Â
“Last year when I was invited to a forum organized by Ndigbo in Lagos, I told them of the need to think home. I reminded our people in Lagos that our region is undeveloped because our businessmen are investing outside our regionâ€.
“We can’t be going about looking for investors when Igbos are the biggest investors all over the world. The time to encourage our people to come home and invest is now because investing here at home will create jobs for our people, and reduce crime as well”.
He described the forum as a good beginning for Ndigbo to appraise their position and where they are headed, also called on Igbo leaders to jettison individual benefits and think of Igbo interest in everything they do.Â
Ikpeazu said, “Itâ€™s a good beginning that at this point we are appraising our position, where we are and where we will like to be, time has come for Igbo leaders at all levels, including the businessmen, to put Ndigbo first in everything we do”.Â
The governor maintained that the prospects for the Igbo nation is enormous as he described Igbo as global catalysts for economic growth, â€œWe are a set of people who cannot be neglected for whatever reasonâ€.