A new pan-Igbo organisation has launched a socio-cultural, economic and technological masterplan with a view to developing Igbo land into a world class economy.
Unfolding the grand model of the plan, President General of the organisation in Enugu, Dr Paul Okoye said Igbo people must invoke and begin to implement the Asian Tiger template that has made Asia the economic giants of the world.
He was speaking during the official unveiling of the organisation, which took place at Ofuobi Africa Centre, Enugu, Nigeria.
Addressing journalists, Okoye argued that Igbos sadly, have deviated from their mission and are fixated in a rigmarole, developing other nations and neglecting homeland.
His words; “Igbo land is presently in tatters and we are of the opinion that a new Igbo initiative must begin, devoid of the usual blame game. I do not believe that the problem of the Igbo is Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Efik or whoever. The idea is to liberate the Igbo with a global view, motivating the people to focus on our strengths rather than living in the past. It is going to involve all of us; people at home and in the diaspora, the clergy, the youths, members of the academia, everyone. We will be targeting the youth and re-orientating them towards a path of socio-economic renaissance so they become proud of whom we are once again. We are republicans in nature, but misapplying that will remain detrimental to us as a people until something is done.
“In the new programme, the ‘aku ruo ulo’ is one of the priorities, because it is abundantly clear why Igbos have invested little in the Eastern part of Nigeria. The way out of the impasse is to create an enabling environment. The youths are stronger, more creative and brilliant. What they need is an enabling environment to excel,” he said.
He also revealed that NIROH’s journey began after the civil war from late Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu, and was unanimously passed on to him.
Dr Okoye, an Italian-based technocrat with world class degrees from institutions in United Kingdom and Switzerland believes that Igboland can be developed into a world class economic environment through the combined efforts of umu Igbo.
He says that NIROH’s mandate in the short and long terms include;
*Unification of the Igbo Nation at home and in diaspora;
*Re-orientation and reprogramming of the upward social mobility of the Igbo people and its ascension;
*Improving the infrastructural development in the Igbo nation;
*Identification with core Igbo groups both at home and in diaspora who have an infinite pride in and commitment to the fatherland;
*Promoting the Igbo cultural essence and correctness;
*Promotion and realisation of the Igbo rich cultural heritage in line with the mandate of Obu Ezumezu Ofo Ndigbo Royal Heritage Worldwide;
*Galvanisation of the Igbos especially the youths and the mainstream towards patriotic services to fatherland;
*Provision of a rallying point for the Igbo cohesion and essential unity;
*Restoration of confidence in the Igbo people;
*Promoting a comprehensive discussion for the immediate and lasting restoration of the Igbo social and cultural ethos, geared towards the renaissance and development of the conventional social ethics rooted in virtue, honour and value and encouragement of research, documentation and social actions on various issues that affect the Igbo people and the Igbo Interest.
The programme was punctuated by colourful music, dances and entertainment from all corners of Igbo land.
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