Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the leading Igbo sociocultural organization, has announced plans to open a university in the South East with a focus on engineering, health, science, and technology.
This is a passage from a statement made, on Saturday, July 30, during the Ohanaeze Council of Business Leaders’ inaugural meeting in Abuja.
The communiqué stated that the top Igbo organization will also focus on local agriculture.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the council’s chairman, who read the communiqué, said the business leaders thought about Ndigbo’s past, present, and future.
Iwuanyanwu remarked that the Igbo leaders have decided that going forward, Ndigbo must control their own fate.
The Ohanaeze leader noted that the former Eastern area had made enormous strides in business, manufacturing, and education by 1960, the year Nigeria gained independence.
He claimed that the Igbo nation’s success was due to effective education, which helped the people rise beyond their neighbors.
If the South East is to keep improving, functional education is required, according to Iwuanyanwu, who also explained that the initiatives will be sponsored by contributions from stakeholders.
The Ohanaeze chieftain said;
We have taken a decision today that we are not going to depend of government again, we are going to take our destiny in our own palms by making sure that Igbo land is industrialised.
We have carried out studies which revealed that in every file, if we work very hard without relying on government, since we know we have no one in power for now, we can develop our place.
We have taken a decision to focus on education because it is was actually the mainstay of our development. We think we are going to repeat that because education standards have gone down, we are determined today that we are going to change the narrative.
The Igbo leader noted that a committee has already been set up to take critical look at the state of education in the South East. He added that the committee is expected to come up with a report within one month.