The South East C o m m u n i t i e s D eve l o p m e n t Association (SECDA), Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo professionals in Diaspora have commenced moves improve the economic and infrastructural development of the region. Rising from a meeting in Enugu, representatives of Ndigbo in the Diaspora, Dr. Anayo Robert Dikeukwu and Dr. Chinweike Justus Okey Nwosu, announced that Igbo in Diaspora were ready to pull resources together to transfer technology and build industrial villages across the region.
According to Dikeukwu the meeting centred on how Igbo in the Diaspora would collaborate with the South East Communities Development Association (SECDA) to move the region forward. His words, “We have come to the realization that it is time for Ndigbo to look inwards for investment.
It is time for Ndigbo in the Diaspora to repatriate their wealth. During the civil war, we were able to do Ogbunigwe; we refined petroleum; we were able to do all these things that we know we can do.
That is why we came here to give support to these Igbo leaders so that we take the Igbo to the next level,” he said. On his part, Dr. Nwosu, a UK-based medical practitioner, participants at the meeting all resolved it was time Igbo took their destiny in their own hands.
Nwosu said it was time for Ndigbo to take advantage of their ingenuity, industry and global spread to build regional economic integration that make Igbo self reliant economically.
At the meeting, Chairman of steering committee of SECDA, Prof. Laz Ekwueme, and the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Gary Enwo Igariwey had set up a fiveman committee headed by Nze (Prof.) Mark Odu to streamline the finances and structure of the association.