Imo Speaker appeals to indegenes in Diaspora to invest at home
The Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly, Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu, has appealed to the citizens of state abroad to invest at home.
Uwajumogu, who made the appeal in Owerri on Monday in an interview with newsmen, expressed concern at the lack of interest by such citizens to invest in the state.
He said that investing in the state would improve the economic wellbeing of the people.
The speaker said the government had not only provided a conducive environment to enhance economic advancement but would also protect investment by its citizens.
“Our people should learn to give back to the state and their communities when they have the capacity. They should not come home only after they have retired.
“The government is interested in an economy driven by the private sector; we want our people to invest their money in our state so that our teeming jobless youths can be employed.
“I am not saying that Imo citizens should not invest in other regions where they find business conducive. But a situation where our citizen invests N5 billion outside his state without a kobo in his state of origin is unpatriotic,” he said.
Uwajumogu said the trend should be discouraged if the citizens wished to leave a legacy for future generations.