By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”Edo Leadership Assembly (ELA), an umbrella body of all Edo state natives in America, Canada and Europe, declared yesterday that over $125,000 was realized in its recent summit held in Chicago, United States of America, and that the fund would be invested into the economy of Edo state.
According to a statement signed by the Vice-President, Publicity, of the group, Dr Segun Dawodu, the summit, which was held from August 6-9, 2009, attracted the crÃ¨me of Edo indigenes in the diaspora.
The group said the participants helped in drafting action plans in the field of agriculture, education, culture/tourism and youth empowerment.
It explained that â€œthe summit was organized to bring all our people in the diaspora together, so that we can brainstorm and come up with ideas that will help us assist the Comrade governor to bring the desired changes and development in our state.
â€œThe Edo state Women Association (ESWA), Association Against Women Export (AAWE) and the Imade Foundation were all present. The Summit was able to realize 125,000 dollars through donations and we are still expecting a lot of money through donations.
â€œThe Summit also witnessed the introduction of FUFUMAGIC, an invention by Dr. Greg Oghafua, a trained interventional cardiologist. To the delight of those present, a commitment was made to use Fufumagic to create job opportunities for Edo youths with financial backing pledged by those in attendance.”
â€œIntroduction of Edo Botanics, and invention by Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, who use Bitter-leaf for medicinal purposesâ€ it stated.
Awards were also given to some notable Edo indigenes, including the immediate past Group Managing Director of NPDC, Dr Chris Ogiemwoyi, Nollywood film producer, Lancelot Imasuen, President of the Benin National Congress (BNC), Mr Aiya Edokpolo and others.