By Clifford Ndujihe
DISTURBED by the weak industrial base of the South-East and South-South geo-political zones, Igbo communities in the United Kingdom and Europe have kick-started moves to attract investors to the areas.
To drive the process, the communities, who gathered on the banner of European Igbo Community, EIC, will in collaboration with the Council of Igbo Communities, UK hold the South-South/South-East Nigeria Investment Forum, SSENIF, in London, on June 5, 2018. The summit is expected to attract investors and businesses from about 60 countries.
The EIC is the umbrella body of Igbo central organisations within the European Union and other European countries that are not EU members.
Speaking on the forthcoming summit, Ms Efuru Nwapa-Obua, secretary/legal adviser, CIC UK, told Vanguard, yesterday, that they are reaching out to the South-East and South-South governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nigeria High Commission in UK, South-East/South-South Professionals and the Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu-led Mbara Igbo among others and have appointed Nigerian co-ordinators – Chiefs Thompson Ohia and Everest Ozonwaeke, to realise the goals.
”The objectives of the summit include: The promotion of trade, industry, businesses and investments for mutual benefits as well as a means toward economic growth; to showcase investment and business potentials that make the South-Southern and South-Eastern regions of Nigeria an effective profitable trading, business, and investment hub in Nigeria,” she said.