[By CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has appealed to businessmen of Igbo extraction to bring some of their investments home to assist government in developing Southeast region.
Umahi who made the call on Tuesday during a business summit organized at his instance at Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, commended some Igbo businessmen in Lagos who had indicated interest to do their businesses in Ebonyi State.
He said his administration had reduced the prices of shops in the new shopping mall in order to assist those interested in it, saying “these people have demonstrated the Igbo spirit to have come back home to invest.”
“We have offered to provide every assistance to them. We have reduced the prices at the mall due to their interest. We have exposed our clusters to them, and to build their estate. The biggest edifice at the centenary city, we have reserved it for Silicon University which is compliant to their vision. The international market has been made international and we are happy they are part of it,” Umahi added.
The Governor said Ebonyi was badly neglected which was why his administration had decided to embark on projects that could hardly be seen elsewhere.
“We have been badly neglected and decided to do things that can hardly be seen elsewhere”, he said.
He said the achievements of his administration so far were made possible due to the collective efforts of partners.
“There is nobody who has not paid a price for these achievements. I thank God who has called all of us as partners in this project. No permanent enemy or friend, but permanent eye on the treasury,” he explained.
Earlier, in his remarks, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who graced the summit, lauded the development strides of Umahi, describing it as unprecedented.
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