THE youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a Socio-Cultural Organisation, has commended industrialist, Chief Cletus Ibeto, for championing the revival of the moribund Nigeria Cement Company (Nigercem), Nkalagu.
Nigercem located in Nkalagu, Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi, was established during the defunct Eastern regional government headed by Dr. Michael Okpara before the Nigeria/Biafran civil war but went comatose in the early 1980s.
Nigericem was transferred to the Ibeto group to revive the cement company since the administration of former Dr. Sam Egwu of Ebonyi.
However, the success report on the re-activation of the firm only came in the present administration of Chief Dave Umahi of the state.
The group noted in a communiqué issued after its meeting in Awka, a copy of which made available to newsmen on Wednesday, that they were impressed with the positive reports that Nigercem was back on stream.
The statement signed by the former youth leader, Mr. Jude Ezenwafor, former National Youth Leader, Tony Uche Ezekwelu, and the secretary Stakeholders meeting, Mazi Okadigbo Ifeanyi, also expressed happiness over numerous job opportunities the company provided to the youth.
“We are happy with Chief Ibeto, the Ebonyi State government and other governors of the South-East zone for their untiring effort which today has opened more than 5,000 direct job opportunities to the unemployed youth in the zone,’’ the statement added.
The statement quoted Arthur Obiorah, the President of the youth wing of Ohaneze to have urged the South-East Governor’s Forum to endorse `Ogbunigwe’ as the brand name for the planned Security outfit for the South-East zone.
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia-Nwodo, had after the meeting of the organization recently in Enugu suggested the establishment of `Ogbunigwe Security Outfit by the South-East Zone’.
“We commend the National Leadership of Ohanaeze and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing led by Dr. Arthur Obiorah for being in the forefront of the struggle for the establishment of Ogbunigwe Security outfit for the South-East zone.
We align ourselves totally with Chief Nwodo for taking into consideration the security challenges bedeviling the area.
“We urge all to ensure speedy actualization of the noble idea. We urge the Southeast Governors’ Forum led by Gov. Dave Umahi to urgently key into the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Ogbunigwe Security outfit for the enhanced security services in the area,’’ it added.
The statement advised all the community youth bodies across the South-East to key into the Ogbunigwe Security outfit initiative of the Ohanaeze.
“We call on all well-meaning Igbo industrialists to key into the `Akuluo Uno’ Philosophy as this will guarantee job creation, empowerment of our teeming youth, security, and massive economic development of our region. (NAN)
– Mar. 18, 2020 @ 16:15 GMT |