The Abia State government has set up a commuter for the actualisation of Abia State Diaspora Land Development.
This followed the State government’s approval of a parcel of land to be set aside for investment and development by Diasporans of Abia origin.
The Diasporan community will also have the responsibility to find the resources, design and develop the infrastructure which will include residential areas, social, health, educational and commercial facilities such as hospital/clinics, schools, departmental stores, and recreational centres.
The State Government in a statement on Sunday said the members of the committee include:
1. Dr Mrs Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, Special Adviser on Diaspora Matters and Special Duties to the Governor – Coordinator
2.. Dr. Alwell Nwankwoala (America) – Chairman
3. Attorney Osita Ogbunamiri (America) – Member
4. Attorney Robert Akomah (America) – Member
5. Hon Nnamdi Nwankpa (Europe) – Member
6. Lady Caroline Kalu (Europe) – Member
7. Engr. Emeka Ukaobasi (United Kingdom) – Member
8. Hon Emmanuel Paul Irechi (Africa) – Member
9. Hon Collins Mgbo (Africa) – Secretary
10. Engr Austin Anyigadi Agbara (Asia) – Member
11. Barr. Sam Hart (Nigeria) – Member
12. Hon Benard Ekwubiri (Nigeria) – Member
The State government, in the statement by its Secretary, Barr. Chris Ezem, charged the committee to work with the Ministry of Lands to complete the acquisition process, determine the criteria for participation, nature of investment, designs for infrastructure and facilitate the execution of the Diaspora land development.
The committee is expected to submit recommendations by the end of the year to the Executive Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, through the Special Adviser on Diaspora Matters and Special Duties, Dr Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu.
It added that the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, will inaugurate the committee via zoom on Tuesday, 18th August, 2020, by 6pm Nigeria time.