The Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has stressed the need for Ndigbo to develop a philosophy that will serve as a guide in all their dealings as a people.
Governor Ikpeazu who was speaking at the Okezie Victor Ikpeazu leadership colloquium with the theme: “Socio-economic future of Ndigbo, Setting the Agenda” as part of activities to mark his 58th birthday celebration, held at the Ishmael Ikpeazu Memorial Library and Center for Scientific Leadership, Umuobiakwa, Obingwa said Ndigbo should know who they are and where they are heading to.
The Governor emphasized that Ndigbo must go the extra mile and overcome factors such as insecurity as well as other challenges that have hampered the development of the region.
He stated that lack of belief in themselves and absence of an Igbo philosophy which have held the region down should be addressed in order to conquer the world, adding that digitization and new ways of solving problems should be given attention.
Dr. Ikpeazu who said he would want to be remembered for his intervention in the Enyimba Economic City project and the Geometric Power Project, disclosed that one hundred and fifty Abia youths have been sent by his Government to study auto mechanic in Innoson motors.
The Governor called on the Igbo business community currently outside the region to invest at home and decried the habit of having all their investments outside Alaigbo.
In his remarks, the Abia PDP Governorship Candidate for the 2023 General elections, Professor Uche Ikonne noted that Governor Ikpeazu has continued to provide platforms to champion the socio-economic development of Abia and Alaigbo in general, adding that if elected the next Governor part of his blue prints will be the establishment of Aba development Authority.
In their separate speeches, the PDP Board of Trustee Chairman, Senator Adolphus Wabara, the Chairman Abia PDP Campaign Advisory Council, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa and Sir Chris Odinaka Igwe appreciated the Governor’ for laying a solid foundation for the development of the state and stressed the need for Igbo business men to leverage on opportunities in the south East.
They called on Abians to support Professor Uche Ikonne for continuity.
In their contributions, some panelists, including the national president NACCIMA, Ide John Udeagbala, the CEO Geometric Power, Professor Bath Nnaji, Chief Daal Uzu and Professor Gabriel Okenwa noted that it is time for Igbo business men to think home and called on Ndigbo to be united to chart a common course.
They maintained that Ndigbo must harness their best areas and used the forum to congratulate Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on his 58th birthday celebration.
Highlights of the ceremony was the unveiling of the book “Okezie Ikpeazu Raising the Bar of Governance in Abia state” authored by Mr Nzekwu Obiora, formal Commissioning of the Ishmael Ikpeazu Memorial Library and Center for Scientific Leadership. Our government House correspondent Ezechukwu Adimoha reports that the event attracted the presence of distinguished Nigerians including the Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu,the President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Professor George Obiozo, represented by Dr Chiedozie Ogbonnaya and host of others.