New Ohanaeze Ndigbo President-General Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has revealed his plans to focus on education, security, developing the business community, and industrial development in his tenure. Speaking on the Arise Television Morning Show, Iwuanyanwu vowed to collaborate with state governors to tackle youth unemployment among Igbos, which he said is the cause of most of the societal problems in the region.
“We are going to work with state governors in the Southeast and Igboland to facilitate employment opportunities for Igbos across the states,” Iwuanyanwu said. “In 1914 when Nigeria was amalgamated, Igbos were far behind in civilization and development, but by 1960 when we had independence, Igbos came to the top in education, bureaucracy, military science, and technology. Igbos embrace education, so we are going to look at this very seriously.”
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Iwuanyanwu added that Igbo businessmen have never had political powers and that he plans to set up a council of business leaders to ensure their success. He also plans to establish a council of education to find what makes the Igbo people strong in education. Additionally, he intends to explore the possibility of mining coal in Enugu State, which he claims is one of the best in the world, to generate power.
According to Iwuanyanwu, unemployment is the root cause of many of the societal problems in the Southeast and Igboland. He believes that by providing employment opportunities, the region’s security challenges will be mitigated. “We have the problem of youth unemployment, and most of the problems in society today, like unknown gunmen killing, and kidnapping is caused mainly by unemployment,” he said.
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Iwuanyanwu expressed his determination to work with state governors to address the issue of unemployment. He said, “We are going to work with state governors in the Southeast and Igboland to facilitate employment opportunities for Igbos across the states. We are going to look at how to make sure our people get employed.”
Iwuanyanwu also spoke about the development of the business community in the region, which he believes has been hindered by a lack of political power. He intends to change that by setting up a council of business leaders to ensure their success. “Igbo businessmen have never had political powers, we have been fighting to have power, but we are very advanced. If you come to the Southeast, you will realize that there is a lot of development which is done by our businessmen,” he said.
Furthermore, Iwuanyanwu emphasized the need for industrial development in the region. He plans to establish a council of industrial leaders to ensure the success of the industrial sector. “Found the Council of business leaders to make sure our business people succeed and ensure industries work. We can generate power with coal, and it’s in abundance in Enugu State; I have been told it’s one of the best in the world. So, we are going to explore the possibility of mining the coal and using it for power,” he said.
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In conclusion, Iwuanyanwu’s focus on education, security, developing the business community, and industrial development is expected to have a significant impact on the Southeast and Igboland. By collaborating with state governors, he hopes to address the issue of youth unemployment and mitigate the region’s security challenges. His plans to establish councils of business, education, and industrial leaders are aimed at ensuring the success of these sectors and promoting economic development in the region.