…as SESSPN set for 2nd regional forum
By Gabriel Olawale & Prince Okafor
SOME intellectuals and professionals of South-East and South-South extraction have said the discovery of crude oil in the region has destroyed the interest in human capital development in the area.
Speaking in Lagos while announcing the second edition of the region’s development forum slated for April 28 and 29, the Chairman, Planning Committee, Mr. Mazi Ohuabunwa, said prior to the advent of oil, the region was one of the fastest growing economies in the world through diversification of its economy and a conscientious intensive development of its human capital base.
He said: “But this progressive match was terminated with the arrival of oil. Everything fell apart and the region lost focus and joined the band-wagon of dependents on a mono-cultural economy.”
Ohuabunwa pointed out the need for the region to return to pre-oil era where efforts would be channeled towards massive investments in agriculture, “agro-processing, infrastructure, education, skills training and executive management manpower training.”
Earlier, the President of South-East and South-South Professionals of Nigeria, SESSPN, Mr. Emeka Ugwu-Oju said the forum aimed at preparing the region for a post-oil Nigeria by harnessing the abundant human and material resources through collaborative efforts.
“This will transform the region into a global investment destination for investors and also build synergies and linkages that will create jobs for our teeming youth and help curb restiveness,” he explained. Vanguard