Ndigbo: Soludo, Ohuabunwa, others mandated to design economic blueprint

Prof. Charles Soludo

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has mandated former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, and Ferdinand Agu to develop an economic blue-print for the South-East.

The trio are to lead others in the Planning and Strategy Committee set up by Ohanaeze to draw a South-East economic blue print, the President-General of the Igbo umbrella body, Chief Nnia Nwodo has revealed.

The committee is headed by Soludo with Ohuabunwa as his deputy.

While making this known to newsmen in Enugu, Nwodo said “It is a rapid response to our new call on our people to develop a spirit of self-reliance, and that the economic agenda would “be our home grown effort to initiate practical development models, powered by the private sector and specifically directed in the first place to production, commerce and education.”

The Ohanaeze President also praised the development efforts of governors of Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Delta, Imo and Rivers states.

He said, “Commendable developments are noticeable in our states. Anambra has launched a new joint venture in building an international cargo and passenger airport with a proximate new city.

“Ebonyi and Enugu have had useful meetings with the Federal Ministry of Mines with a view to reactivating Nkalagu Cement and Enugu Coal Corporation.

“Imo is building a gas plant in Egbema. Abia is partnering with an international consortium in developing a new sea port at Obeaku.

“Rivers is developing a new Port Harcourt city with an industrial layout. Delta has embarked on a massive urban infrastructural renewal scheme. There is, in our view, a rekindling of the determination to take our destiny into our own hands.

“On the part of Ohanaeze, we have set up two important working committees including the Planning and Strategy Committee and a Construction Review Committee with James Ikeyi, SAN, as chairman.”

Ohanaeze, which has continued to decry the treatment of the South-East in Nigeria as second class citizens, is insisting that the people of the region should begin to think home in the areas of investment and development of the region.

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