The West Africa Knowledge Economic Organisation (WAKEOrg) has urged the Federal Government to embrace dialogue with agitators and youths to create a peaceful environment for potential and businesses to thrive in the country.
Spokesperson of the group, Prof. Osisioma Nwolise made the call at the 3rd Anniversary of the organisation and Presentation of the prestigious West African regional awards, in Nnewi, Anambra state.
He described peace and security as pre-requisites for development as it creates an enabling environment for the fundamentals of a society’s progress.
He said, “The spate of kidnapping, cattle rustling, banditry, killings and forms of insecurity being experienced in the country are elements of youth revolt; and it calls for concern.
“This state of insecurity is negatively affecting already existing and prospective businesses. Even prospective potential are not properly utilised to drive economic growth.
“We are however, appealing to the federal government to take seriously the plea to release the Yoruba self determination activist, Sunday Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu, pro-Biafra political activist.
“The federal government should also dialogue with their regions to douse tension and address the problem of insecurity thereby promoting the optimum environment for human potential to flourish.”
Nwolise, also the Chairman, WAKEOrg Award Selection Committee, said two successful entrepreneurs from Anambra were selected for their service to humanity and the nation.
He said that the Director of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), Chief Innocent Chukwuma and Chief Akai Egwuonwu, Managing Director of Stine Industries makers of Anambra Rice, had contributed to the nation’s economy.
“Without food security and effective mobility, no nation or society can develop or progress. These two entrepreneurs have contributed to national productivity, wealth and development of the country.
“They successful deployed strategic thinking , people oriented projects, capacity building and uncommon African achievements.
“The essence of the award is to appreciate you and encourage you to do more for humanity, for the nation and the continent of Africa,” he said.
In his remarks, Prof. Ahmed Danfulani, Chairman, WAKEorg, said that the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were proud of Chukwuma and Egwuonwu for their achievements.
Danfulani, also a former Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, encourage other citizens to emulate them by solving the problems of humanity with practical knowledge and patriotism.
Mr Joel Dappa, Secretary, WAKEOrg, said the organisation was a non-governmental organisation, with endorsement and partnership with ECOWAS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Responding, Chukwuma and Egwuonwu appreciated the group for recognising their efforts, saying that the award will spur them to do more in the areas of solving social problems and making making social impact.
There was an assessment tour of the of Innoson vehicle manufacturing plant in Nnewi and Stine Industries rice mill in Amichi area of Anambra.