Group urges FG to dialogue with agitators, youths for nation's peace – Guardian Nigeria
The West Africa Knowledge Economic Organisation (WAKEOrg) has urged the Federal Government to dialogue with agitators and youths to create a peaceful environment and encourage businesses to thrive in the country.
Spokesman for WAKEOrg, Prof. Osisioma Nwolise, made the call yesterday at the third anniversary of the organisation and presentation of the West African Regional Awards in Nnewi, Anambra State.
Nwolise, who described peace and security as prerequisites for national development, stressed that they create an enabling environment for the fundamentals of society’s progress.
He attributed kidnapping, cattle rustling, banditry and killings, among other forms of insecurity in the country to youth revolt, which, he said, called for serious concern.
“Insecurity is negatively affecting existing and prospective businesses in the country. Even prospective potential are not properly utilised to drive economic growth and development.
“We, however, appeal to the Federal Government to take seriously the plea to release the Yoruba self-determination activist, Sunday Igboho and pro-Biafra activist,
“The Federal Government should also dialogue with their regions to douse tension and address insecurity with a view to promoting an environment for human potential to flourish,” he said.
Nwolise, who is also the Chairman, WAKEOrg Award Selection Committee, identified the Director of Vehicle Manufacturing Company (IVM), Innocent Chukwuma and Managing Director of Stine Industries Akai Egwuonwu, as those who will receive awards for their contributions to the nation’s economy.
“Without food security and effective mobility, no nation or society can develop or make progress. The two entrepreneurs have contributed to national productivity, wealth and development of the country,” he said.
Speaking, Chairman of WAKEorg, Prof. Ahmed Danfulani, expressed delight that member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were proud of Chukwuma and Egwuonwu for their achievements.
Danfulani, a former Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), charged Nigerians to emulate the duo by solving the problems of humanity with practical knowledge and patriotism.
Responses, Chukwuma and Egwuonwu commended the group for recognising their efforts, adding that the award would spur them to do more in solving socio-economic problems and making more impact in their spheres of influence.