A pressure group, Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC) has demanded for the establishment of a seaport in South Eastern region of Nigeria. The President of the body which is of Igbo extraction, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, described the absence of a functional seaport in the region as a “deliberate conspiracy by sectional leaders in the Country
A pressure group, Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC) has demanded for the establishment of a seaport in South Eastern region of Nigeria.
The President of the body which is of Igbo extraction, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, described the absence of a functional seaport in the region as a “deliberate conspiracy by sectional leaders in the Country who had traded away the efforts of Igbo people for personal gains.
He made this assertion in his acceptance speech at the 2019 National Convention of the organization which took place at Dragon Events Centre in Enugu State.
He stated that the South East is 18 nautical miles away from the Atlantic Ocean, alleging that “Igbo people are the highest importers of goods in the Country”.
Igboayaka, also accused the the federal government of marginalizing Igbo people, with 65% businessmen of Igbo extraction based in Lagos State
He however tasked authorities concern to correct the alleged injustice mentioned inter alia and other issues of concern to the group.
“We have discovered the foundation of history to accept our Igbo brothers and sisters in Abi Local Government of cross River were Dr Liyel Imoke came from former governor of Cross-River State.
“I want to tell you people that there is a deliberate conspiracy against Ndị Igbo and this is the time for Igbo people to rise and speak, this is the time for OYC will partner with Igbo business men and other leaders and tell them the need for us to have these seaports in ala Igbo.
“I believe that this is the anchor of our development. I want to inform you today that if you go to Lagos, they are comfortable.
“When ex President Obasanjo seized the allocation of Lagos State, Tinubu told him, we don’t care about your allocation because Lagos can survive without it.
“This is because of the seaports in Lagos, and I want to inform you that 65% of those doing business in Lagos are from Igbo. So if we have these seaports, we will fast-track development in Igbo land.
According to him, “Ọhaneze Youths Council will ensure that we have a functional seaport in Igboland.
“In Anambra State, there is a river in Osokwa, Ihiala town called Orashi. It connects to the Atlantic Ocean by just 18 nautical miles
“In Abia, there is the Azumini River which is just 25 nautical miles to the Atlantic. Also at Ndoki East is a river that is 30 nautical miles to the Atlantic.
“We have the one at Bonny, the one at Onne too but it’s unfortunate that the Nigerian government is making use of the ones in Lagos that is almost 60 nautical miles.
“If these rivers are dredged, shipping your goods from abroad to Nigeria, it will take just two or three weeks for you to clear your goods whereas it takes months to achieve same in Lagos”, he stressed.
Continuing, he said, “We will wake up from this conspiracy and come to our root about the of Igbos in Egbema, Ecthe, Omuma, Ndoni, Ikwerre, Ekpeye, Obigbo, Ogba, Elele and Ndoki all in Rivers State.
“We will come to the knowledge of the truth that Igbos are not only in Imo, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Delta and Rivers, but in Benue, Kogi, Edo, Cross River and Akwaibom States.
Obviously, we will take the social gospel of Igbo Origin/indigenous and identity to our Igbo brothers and sisters at Aniocha, Amoma, Ika, Oshimili, Ndokwa, Ukwuani, Asaba in Delta, Osekwenike, Abuetor Eke, Okpokri in Sagbama Belyesa State.
“We will embrace our Igbo brothers in Benue and Kogi States, including Umuezeohaka, Ibaji, Igalamela/Odolu Local government, Eke Avurugo Community, Nwaja,Umuoye, Ubulie-Umueze, Ozara and others, said.
Other speakers who made their voices heard at the Convention include Mazi Ozoani Nnadozie, Mazi Okoro Monday, Comrade Onwuamaegbu Chidiebere, Ifeanyichukwu Igwesi, Maduabuchi James and Ogbonna Princess. Others include the BOT Chairman, Comrade Christian Chidi Ihea, Chilos Godsent and Dr Jerry Chukwuokolo.
Our Correspondent reports that Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka was elected President of Ohaneze Youth Council at the Convention while Chinweuba Oluchi Claire picked the position of Vice President of the Council along with Dr. Nwanaga Gift Chinemerem who won the position of Secretary of the Council.
Other member executives are, Chinonso Alozie (publicity Secretary), and Igweali Robinson (financial Secretary).
Members of Council are to pilot the affairs of the group for the next three years.