By Emeka Mamah
Enugu—The South East Development Initiative, SELDI, has asked the Igbo to take their destiny in their hands by taking the responsibility to develop the South East geopolitical zone.
SELDI said that easterners would survive on their own without looking for help from the federal, state and local governments, adding that all they needed to survive was to “think home” by investing at home.
One of the facilitators of SELDI, Mr Ikenna Modebelu who spoke in an interview in Enugu against the backdrop of the November 30, 2016 Igbo Summit in Enugu, with the theme
“Integrating The Economy of the South East for Sustainable Development,” said that time had come for the South East economies to be integrated to boost investment, trade and development in the region in particular and the country in general.
His words, “Regardless of what the underlying causes of slow development in South East may be, south easterners themselves have to take the responsibility for their own progress.
“The key challenge is how to engender competitive investment environment that is necessary to bring about poverty reduction or alleviation through private sector- driven inclusive economic growth.”