Group calls on Southeast governors to create regional platform for development
An Igbo group, Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), has called on the Southeast Governors to create a regional platform that will enhance rapid development in the region.
Noting that the last time quantum development was heralded in the East was during the First Republic when the defunct Eastern Nigeria Development Corporation (ENDC), built many landmark development projects across the then Eastern region.
And had the First Republic not been truncated, the model of integrated development pursued by the ENDC and facilitated by the economies of scale would have delivered an industrialised region with first world infrastructure by the turn of the century.
The group comprising individuals in Nigeria and diaspora stated further in a release signed by its president, Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke that the call was necessitated considering Nigeria’s chequered history and the long betrayed ideal for development.
Saying: “this has become evident, beyond all doubt that aspirations for regional development can only be actualised through a self driven effort under the auspices of an integrated regional development platform.
“For 56 years, Nigeria has continued to fail. As a distinct people, we have the choice to take the bull by the horn and create a separate, ingenious and audacious part for development or fail along with Nigeria”, the group stated.
IEI also added that the world over, provinces, states, regions and nations are coming together to create economic blocs and integrated development agencies.
The group called on the governors of the Southeast region to float a regional investment corporation to be capitalised through contributions from each state in the first instance, a consortium of banks and from selling shares, bonds, donations (crowd funding) and diaspora development funds.