President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “Peace in South-East Project” (PISE-P), which was introduced in Abia State this past weekend, has received praise from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN.

The recently announced PISE-P is a five-year initiative started by RT. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, with the goal of bringing peace, unity, reconciliation, and development back to the Igbo-speaking people of Nigeria.

It is anticipated that the project would address the complex socioeconomic issues and security risks that are common in the Southeast.

At the project’s weekend presentation, President Tinubu stated, “the Federal Government is determined to utilise its available resources to establish peace in the South-East geopolitical zone of the country”.

The zone is “an industrial hub, which plays a vital role in boosting the nation’s economic development,” according to Tinubu, who was represented by Senator Kashim Shettima, the vice president.

The PISE-P initiative was announced on Sunday by Lady Ada Chukwudozie, the Chairman of MAN, which represents the South East’s Anambra, Ebonyi, and Enugu zones. The association claimed that the initiative was launched at a time when the region’s economic fortunes were rapidly deteriorating due to insecurity and other forms of economic sabotage.

“To us, the manufacturers, we cannot figure out the exact amount of our investments that have gone down the drain since the insecurity and agitations started few years ago.

“Some of our members cannot access their factories while those few who can still operate have to battle with insecurity and other things that have caused economic sabotage in Igbo land.

“We are indeed grateful to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for accepting the use of non-kinetic measures in addressing the challenges in the South-East, rather than the use of force by past government, which helped to aggravate the situation.

“Our dear son, RT. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, the Deputy Speaker has also done well for birthing this great lofty idea, which has a far reaching goal of making South-East the commercial hub of Nigeria, once again, as said by the President and other leaders who attended the event on Friday.

“We want other leaders in South-East, be it governors, ministers, senators, honourable members, traditional rulers, clergymen and even the youth and women leaders to join this campaign.

“Let all the youths and women continue to sensitise the generality of the Ndigbo to see that we have lasting peace. The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu is also doing well in that regard.

“Let us embrace peace for development, progress and industrialisation. Let us join him and other stakeholders to woo foreign investors and as usual, the manufacturers would be ready to provide guide and support in ensuring the South-East gets her place in the global economy”, she said.

But Lady Chukwudozie urged President Tinubu to speak more deeply with all of the South-East’s key stakeholders “so as to get more insight into what should be done to finally restore peace in the region.”

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