The Knowledge Economic Organization of West Africa (WAKEOrg) urged the federal government to engage with agitators and young people to create a peaceful environment and encourage businesses to thrive in the country.
WAKEOrg spokesperson Professor Osisioma Nwolise made the appeal yesterday on the occasion of the third anniversary of the organization and presentation of the West Africa Regional Prizes in Nnewi, State from Anambra.
Nwolise, who described peace and security as prerequisites for national development, stressed that they create a conducive environment underpinning the progress of society.
He attributed the kidnappings, cattle rustling, banditry and killings, among other forms of insecurity in the country, to the youth revolt, which he said is of great concern.
âThe insecurity negatively affects existing and potential businesses in the country. Even the potential potential is not properly used to stimulate economic growth and development.
“However, we call on the federal government to take seriously the call for the release of Yoruba self-determination activist Sunday Igboho and pro-Biafra activist,”
“The federal government should also dialogue with its regions to ease tensions and fight against insecurity in order to promote an environment conducive to the development of human potential,” he said.
Nwolise, who is also chairman of the WAKEOrg Award Selection Committee, identified Vehicle Manufacturing Company (IVM) Director Innocent Chukwuma and Stine Industries General Manager Akai Egwuonwu as those who will receive awards for their contribution. to the country’s economy.
âWithout food security and effective mobility, no nation or society can develop or progress. The two entrepreneurs have contributed to the national productivity, wealth and development of the country, âhe said.
Speaking, WAKEorg President Professor Ahmed Danfulani said he was delighted that the member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are proud of Chukwuma and Egwuonwu for their achievements.
Danfulani, former director general of the National Institute for Political and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), tasked Nigerians to emulate the duo by solving humanity’s problems with practical knowledge and patriotism.
Responding, Chukwuma and Egwuonwu praised the group for recognizing their efforts, adding that the award would inspire them to do more to address socio-economic issues and have more impact in their spheres of influence.