Seeking to kick-start the socio-economic development of its agrarian-rural local government area of Ikwuano, the community-based organization (CBO) of Abia State, the Ahamefula Ikwuano Development Initiative (ADII) invited on Saturday all his sons and daughters at his first ‘Ikwuano Socio -Economic Summit’ scheduled for January 3-5, 2023 at Isiala-Oboro, LG’s headquarters
The Summit which will see the launch of the “Ikwuano Economic Master Plan” has the theme: “Sustainable Economic Development in Ikwuano: A Roadmap for the 21st Century”
Scholarly banker Dr. Anthony Ewelike is expected to deliver the Summit’s keynote address, while renowned constitutional lawyer and Chairman of the NBA’s Public Interest and Development Law Section, SPIDEL, Mr. Monday Onyekachi Ubani would be
Chair the event.
Professor (Ms) Ihuoma Ndimele is also expected to present a special paper at the Summit. The trio is made up of accomplished Ikwuano sons and daughters.
The 3-day summit which would see an assembly of who’s who in the socio-economic and political milieu of Ikwuano would also provide a platform for politicians seeking elected office in the upcoming 2023 general election to present their plans for manifestos to the people of Ikwuano and interact with them as a legal person
Two prominent sons of the LGA, the member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/South Federal Constituency, Representative Sam Onuigbo and the Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Henry Ikoh, are expected as special guests of honor at the Summit.
Former Member of the House of Representatives, Honorable Emeka Atuma, and former Minister, Colonel Austin Akobundu (rtd), are also expected as guests of honour.
Ikwuano LGA, a farming rural community is home to Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, National Root Crops Research Institute, NRCRI, Umudike and State University of Agriculture Law School Abia.
The ADII, promoters of the Summit, is a non-partisan global body of Ikwuano personalities driven by the vision of setting in motion an articulated action plan to position Ikwuano for sustainable development by demanding accountability, innovative thinking, prioritizing Ikwuano and increasing infrastructure and human capital indices in LGAs.
In a statement, ADII President Protem, Hon. Emeka Osoagbaka shed more light on what prompted the convening of the summit, he affirmed that “Ikwuano needs very urgent attention both in its administration and socio/economic development, and government being the fastest route to community development in Nigeria has made it absolutely very important that we collectively determine or at least agree on our political future as a people”
The former member of the House of Assembly said; “It has become very necessary that we collectively determine who represents us, while we the people determine our basic needs and areas of preference.
“This interest and participation will ensure that we hold our politicians accountable, and developing an agreed plan provides us with the metrics to assess governance and representation at scale. This is the time to ask questions and wait for answers. Now it has to be Ikwuano first,” he enthused.