A broad based umbrella organiastion of “Ndigbo in Lagos” has given a platinum award to Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman and CEO, Innoson Group of companies in recognition of his outstanding visible investments in Igbo land and job creation among Nigerian youths.
Also reconigsed alongside the Innoson boss, were the chairman of A-Z Petroleum Company Limited, Dr. Alex Okafor and Chairman of Orange Drugs Limited, Chief Tony Ezenna.
Delivering the plaque, Igwe Alfred Achebe (Agbogidi) the Obi of Onitsha eulogized Chukwuma’s tenacity and foresight in establishing industries in Igboland despite the obvious insecurity and lack infrastructure. He also praised him for the courage to invest in an environment that lacks basic amenities, like good roads, electricity and water. He however urge him not to be deterred, saying that his love for the betterment of Igboland is well Known to all.
Earlier in his brief remarks at the occasion Chairman, chief kalu U. Kalu called on Ndigbo to have a rethink over their idea of developing foreign land while neglecting their own. He thanked Chief Chukwuma and other awardees for making Ndigbo proud through their investments at home. He used the opportunity to call for group interest among Ndigbo as panacea for them to move forward adding that such idea would help the tribe to achieve their desired economic goals.
Also speaking at the occasion, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo expressed delight over the performance of the awardees saying, that the idea of honouring them is heartwarming. “The award will serve as morale boaster to other emerging entrepreneurs. The awardees are role models in our society today.
They have taken the risk of investing in an area where lot of people are running away from adding that this was the first of his kind coming from a group that has genuine Igbo interest.” He recalled the exploits of Ndigbo in Nigeria but quickly lamented over the desolate nature of their land. He pointed out that the tribe has lost proper economic and developmental focus. “We 0 there yet, it’s time for us to start intensive mobilization of ideas, turnaround mechanisms and regeneration of minds.