Akpan Etukudoh Asare
The apex Igbo umbrella organization in Cross River State, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has told the Cross River State government that they will be in the fore front of driving its industrialization efforts
The organisation has therefore called on Governor Ben Ayade to draw close to and partner the Igbo in this direction.
The apex body said it is the Igbo that would, for instance, maximally utilise the Bakassi deep sea port, one of Ayade’s signature projects, on completion.
In a communiqué released at the end of its second quarterly meeting in Calabar yesterday and signed by its president and secretary, Ugorji Nwabueze and Prince Alozie Ugochukwu respectively, they expressed happiness for their various host communities throughout the 18 LGAs of the state for cordiality.
They restated their commitment and willingness to partner with the state government to promote commerce and industry.
“We deeply appreciate the good gesture of Gov Ben Ayade for attending the Ohanaeze Day Celebration and the 28th Anniversary of the Leadership of Eze Sir E. A Ezenwenyi, the Eze-Igbo and father of Igbo in Cross River, which was held on November 24, 2018 at Abraham Ordia Stadium. We sincerely thank you for fulfilling some of the promises made to Ndigbo. We are indeed very grateful
The communiqué explained that many Ibo unions across the state have all been collapsed into one umbrella body
“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Cross River is composed of all Igbo Community Associations operating in all the local government areas of the state. It was formerly known and called Igbo Consultative Assembly before it became a chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo National.
“The Igbo Community Calabar (ICC) is one of the component parts or units of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Cross River State Chapter”.
Following the amalgamation, the statement said that all the Igbo are now firmly united under the apex umbrella body and remains indivisible and united with sole aim ofworking in harmony and to promote the peaceful existence.