Apex pan Igbo social, political and cultural organisation- Ohaneze Ndigbo, has advised the Federal Government to take some certain steps in order to bring to an end, the agitation for secession by pro-Biafra elements in the South East.
Ohaneze Ndigbo on Saturday, demanded the establishment of the South East Development Commission- saddled with the responsibility of tackling the infrastructural deficit in Igbo land.
In an interview with Vanguard, the National President of the Ohaneze Ndigbo youth wing, Mazi Okechukwu Iziguzoro, bemoaned the lack of ‘federal presence’ in the geographical zone while urging the government to repair all major roads in the zone, and also commence the construction of the second Niger Bridge.
“If there is a strong federal presence in the zone, our youths will not see Biafra as an alternative while fortune and fame seekers will not capitalise on that to hoodwink our gullible youths.”
“Talking about infrastructure, there is no federal presence in Igbo land. There are no good roads there and there are no viable industry owned or facilitated to the zone by the federal government that can cater for the employment of the teeming youths.”
“We actually need the South East Development Commission that will be a counterpart of the NDDC that will be well funded to comprehensively tackle infrastructure deficit and engage our youths in productive ventures.”
“There is also the urgent need to revive the Enugu Coal Mine that had been closed down for 43 years now which can be an alternative power supply to the nation and create employment too.”
“If the federal government can address these fundamental issues, we believe so much that the Biafra agitations would end.”