A former Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia state Chief Charles Ogbonnaya has lent his voice to recent calls for unity and peace in the Southeast of Nigeria describing these as prerequisite in facilitating development and returning the Southeast once again to the path of robust economic growth.
Ogbonnaya made this known in the wake of the Peace in South East Project (PISE-P) initiated by Members of the National Assembly from the region led by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu.
Recall that the Chairperson, Media and Communications Committee of PISE-P, Mary Ikoku in a statement said President Bola Tinubu and President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, are among the eminent Nigerians slated to grace the unveiling of Peace in the South-East Project in Umuahia Abia State.
Ogbonnaya, a former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Abia State who said this in a press statement he signed and made available to newsmen noted that collaboration and cooperation among the Igbo people of the Southeast is essential which he said can be achieved when well to do Sons and Daughters of Igboland look back home and focus on community development in the areas of education, healthcare, infrastructure, and job creation.
He commended the Deputy Speaker Kalu on the PISE-P initiative and most importantly on the passage of South East Development Commission Bill recently passed by the House of Representative as he urged the Deputy Speaker and all members of House of Representatives from the South East, irrespective of political affiliation, to work in concert to ensure that the bill is assented to expeditiously.
The one time Commissioner for Trade and Investment in the State called on President Tinubu to assent to the South East Development Commission bill stressing that the federal government of Nigeria has another opportunity to right the wrongs of the past meted on the southeast during and after the Civil War through the Bill.
According to him, apart from the commission seeing to the rebuilding of collapsed infrastructure in the south east, it would promote a sense of belonging of the people of the region as he called for the express assent of the bill by the President so as to accelerate the process of healing and true reintegration.
These he maintained will result in the overall peace in the region which will help the Southeast overcome its challenges and create a prosperous future for its people.