- Pius Anyim has urged southeast governors and Igbos to invest in the five states of the zone for it to be further developed
- The former secretary to the government of the federation said the governors and the citizenry should come together to invest and develop the region
- Going further, Anyim urged them to emulate the late Premier of he defunct Eastern Region, Dr Michael Okpara
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A strong message has been sent to southeast governors and people. The message was sent by a former secretary to the government of the federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim.
The theme of the Summit is entitled: “Ibu Anyi Danda“ meaning the magic of togetherness and common purpose.
Anyim said the governors and the citizenry should come together to invest and develop the region.
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He said unity of purpose with shared motivation, benefit and mutual survival would offer them opportunity to pull their resources, talents and ideas together for the benefit of the region.
Anyim urged them to emulate the late Premier of he defunct Eastern Region, Dr Michael Okpara, who brought so many transformation and development to the area in the First Republic through industrialisation and infrastructure, The Sun Newspaper added.
“At 39, he was able to invest in critical areas such as human capital development, industrialisation, entrepreneurship, agriculture and others, to stimulate the entire region.
“He attracted participation of the private sector and divest government interest to private sector and the region was rated the fastest developing economy in the world."
While calling on South-East governments to provide industries, infrastructure to develop the area, Anyim said in spite of the federal allocation to states, those in the region failed to harness the economic opportunities of the area.
Anyim noted that “visionary leaders“ such as Chief Jim Nwobodo and Chief Sam Mbakwe did wonders in developing Enugu and Imo states respectively through the provision of infrastructure and the setting up of industries.
He said that investors would have confidence if the governments took the first step of providing insurance policy, protection, support and infrastructure to make their investment succeed.
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