EBONYI State indigenes in the UK are planning a major event which includes a conference, an awards ceremony, and a fundraising drive aimed at generating enough cash to allow them provide scholarships for pupils to attend universities in Britain and at home as well as help develop the state back in Nigeria.
By far the least developed and smallest of the five Igbo-speaking states in southeastern Nigeria, Ebonyi has a way to catch up with the likes of Anambra and Imo States. To help bridge the gap, the Ebonyi State Union UK has decided to organise the Ebonyi State Union UK International Conference 2015 Awards Ceremony and Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday August 29.
Taking place at the prestigious Old Stratford Town Hall, 29 Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ, starting at 6pm, the conference has been themed Fast Tracking Ebonyi State Development in a Modern Democracy. Its objective is to explore, discuss and share innovative ways of supporting the Nigerian governments’ initiative to build capacity and sustain development in the state.
Chima Olugh, the head of the Ebonyi State Union UK planning committee, said: “It is important to raise the bar in the face of the many challenges currently affecting Nigeria. We can start the ball rolling by having strategic and meaningful dialogue with the government, showcasing the wealth of resources and talent that exists in the diaspora and lending this resource and experience to support the governments’ initiatives.
"Ebonyi State Union UK wants to put the spotlight on the links between the diaspora and development, whilst also promoting the diaspora as development agents in areas of social, economic and political development as well as investment and tourism. Our event will provide the platform for our state governor, community leaders, policymakers and scholars to hear about examples of diaspora engagement whilst exploring fresh trends and sharing best practices."
He added that the event will also provide numerous opportunities to develop strategic collaborations and act as a pivotal forum for moving beyond the phase of dialogue to action-oriented diaspora engagement.
Visitors expected at the event include the state governor Dave Umahi, the state chief judge Justice Aloy Nwankwo, the president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey, the founding chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK) Dr Mark Abani and the chief executive of Nigeria Diaspora Direct Investment Summit, Chief Bimbo Folayan
Dr Abani will be delivering the keynote address at the event, followed by other speakers.
Ticket prices in advance for this event cost £25 and £35 for couples and can be obtained by ringing 07958 25867907958 258679 or Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, more information can be got by visiting www.ebonyiunion.co.uk.