By Michael Ezenwata
Awka, March 16, 2021 (MOI) Professor of Banking and Finance, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka Steve Ibenta has urged state governments and policy makers in the Southeast zone to pull human and material resources to develop high quality technical education.
He also urged them to integrate economic infrastructure for rapid development of the region.
Prof. Ibenta, who doubles as Chairman, Anambra State Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board, made the appeal in a press statement released, following the recent youth empowerment programme organised by Stanel and the Access Bank in Awka.
He said that a number of Igbo businessmen, industrialists and professionals in The Diaspora were itching to come home to invest but were faced with frustrations over a lack of conducive and enabling environment.
He mentioned some of the challenges to include renewable energy, good road network, rail transportation system, industrial and commercial parks, well planned new towns, layouts and reliable municipal services.
According to him, Israel, China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates did it for their countries to create unlimited opportunities for the people to trigger off rapid industrial and economic development.
Prof. Ibenta insisted that it was only through industrialisation and the production of goods and services that Nigeria could break out of the vicious circle of poverty in the midst of its natural resources and a vibrant, talented, and hardworking youthful population. He noted that it was the inability of the nation to exploit its innumerable resources to improve the welfare of its people that made people like former U.S., President Donald Trump, President Putin of Russia, and other White Supremacists to believe that the black man is inferior to the whites. (MOI)