By Abuchi Onwumelu
Igbo Youths have called on all Ndi Igbo, home and abroad, to think home and invest heavily in education.
In a statement issued by the Leader of Igbo Youths in Anambra State and Chairman of the Youth Leaders Forum, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Youth Wing, Worldwide, Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, said they were aligning with the clarion call and passionate appeal made by the President General of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Worldwide, Amb. Prof. George Obiozor, to Ndi Igbo in all walks of life, to think home while considering locations for their Investments.
‘Ndi Igbo are proud that we are the highest investors in developmental projects in Nigeria and Africa at large, but we are not happy that a Mega Majority of these projects and investments are located outside Igbo Land. We have also demanded that more attention be paid to education.
‘Charity begins at home, while education is the most effective catalyst for all round development. If Ndi Igbo have all their investments located in Igbo Land, unemployment would have been raised to power zero.
‘Innoson Group is a leading example, while Ugboko in Anioma is another useful and fruitful case study, where a worthy Prince of Ugboko – Hon. Ned Nwoko, an international commercial lawyer, decided to establish a world-class University of Science, Technology, Arts, Research and Sports, a.k.a STARS University.
‘This all round Development Project is not just located in Igbo Land, but sited right in Ugboko, his Community. The citadel of learning, when completed, shall beget a New Onicha-Ugboko and change the narratives of the entire Anioma and Igbo Land at Large.
‘STARS University shall grossly engage our people to service and expose them more to civilization. It shall provide the enabling environment for rapid growth. Above all, it shall encourage our Youths to study and develop themselves.
He described the youth as constituting a higher percentage of this Think Home Philosophy, while noting that society was the highest beneficiary. ‘Therefore, it is incumbent on us, the youths, to champion this cause and promote education in Igbo Land, for a better society.
‘Sequel to the above, we hereby express our profound gratitude and support to Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko – Founder, Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation; Chief Innocent Chukwuma – Chairman, Innoson Group; and other Igbo stakeholders who have engraved their names in our hearts with their choice Locations,’ Okpalaezeonwu said.
They condemned in strong terms all forms of distraction and efforts to impede such progressive development anywhere in Igbo land, even as they urged Igbo youths to consciously rise in solidarity and support to factors that promoted and protected the Think Home Philosophy mantra.