Saturday, 8 October 2016

Anambra Hosts 2nd Igbo Unity Forum As Obiano Harps On Think Home Mentality .


By Kenechukwu Ofomah

As part of efforts to relaunch the Igbo nation into relevance in the country, Prominent Ndigbo from across all Igbo speaking states of the Federation yesterday converged on Awka, Anambra State Capital for the Igbo Unity Forum.

The Forum which is in its second edition was organized under the auspices of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide and had as its theme, Ndigbo and the state of the nation; prospects and challenges.
Among eminent Personalities who graced the event were Governor Willie Obiano, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, Former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, Former Minister of External Affairs, General Ike Nwachukwu, Frontline politician and Chief Mrs Josephine Anenih,
Others are Professor Anya O. Anya,Former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Alison Madueke, Fomer Chairman, Police Service Commission, Chief Simon Okeke, Chief George Obiozo, among others.
With the subtheme, Ka anyi dozie Ala Igbo, the Forum raised issues bordering on the numerous agitations for equity and fairness by the Igbo nation, the need for one central Igbo leadership, the reckless marginalization of Ndigbo in the country as well as the call on Ndigbo to think home when investing.
Declaring the forum open, Governor Willie Obiano who expressed happiness that Ndigbo are beginning to appreciate the need for togetherness in the fight for the economic emancipation of the South East, observed that the issues if Igbo Unity and Economic Development which the forum aims to brainstorm on , is what his administration had since its inception, dedicated itself towards its realization.

He revealed that his decision to sustain the intense crackdown on crime and criminals which later turned into a regional campaign when he hosted the Regional Security Summit for Southeast and Delta, the establishment of the ANSIPPA as well as the development of the four key pillars to act as a clear guide into the heartbeat of the state economy, are all geared towards ensuring that wealthy Ndi Anambra across board bring their wealth home to invest.


Commending the Ohaneze for the initiative, Governor Obiano reminded them of the strategic role it must play in galvanising all other Pan-Igbo groups towards the Igbo cause.
Former Chief of General staff, Commodore Ukiwe in his remarks, said the Igbo nation has been through a lot but have survived all because of the spirit of resilience and industry that had inspired excellence in her people, and noted that now is the time for the race to fashion out ways and take action towards becoming a model in regional development.
The Chairman on the occasion and former Governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife who emphasized that Ndigbo need true leaders who will jettison personal interest and fight for the common good of the people, commended Governor Obiano for his efforts so far at supporting the Igbo cause and sued for unity and increased collaboration among governors of the Southeast towards the Igbo agenda.
In an address, the Acting President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief OAU Onyema explained that the forum is designed as a southeast development programme to create the platform that will bring critical stakeholders together to brainstorm on how Ndigbo can take their destiny in their own hands for the economic expansion and industrial revolution of Igboland.
The event later featured an interactive discussion where other participants expressed their views on the subject matter after which a communique was developed.

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