Ohanaeze Raises Alarm to Tinubu on Plot Against PRODA as Exposed in the Oronsaye Report

Ohanaeze Raises Alarm to Tinubu on Plot Against PRODA as Exposed in the Oronsaye Report

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, the apex socio-cultural organisation representing the Igbo community, has alerted President Bola Tinubu about a disturbing plan to weaken the Projects Development Institute (PRODA) in Enugu, a federal government agency.

During a press conference held in Abuja on Thursday, the Igbo group expressed their concerns, stating that individuals with ulterior motives were misusing a doctored version of the Oronsaye Report to advance their malicious agenda.

Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the National President of Ohanaeze Youths, accompanied by other executive members, urged President Tinubu to be cautious of those intent on undermining his government.

According to Okwu, based on the original Oronsaye Report, PRODA deserves adequate funding to fulfill its mandated responsibilities. He emphasized that PRODA has been diligently carrying out its duties and invited anyone in doubt to visit the institute and witness its work firsthand.

The group expressed shock and consternation at the recent circulation of a manipulated report, which included PRODA as one of the government agencies to be merged or scrapped. They highlighted that the original Government White Paper, based on the report by the then Secretary to the Government of the Federation, clearly stated that PRODA should be excluded from any merger.

PRODA’s history was also shared, highlighting its establishment by the defunct East Central State Government in 1971. It was tasked with driving industrialisation through research and consultancy services. PRODA later became a federal research institute when the East Central State was split in 1976. Despite experiencing periods of neglect, recent years have seen remarkable reforms aimed at restoring PRODA’s prominence.

The group expressed concern that those who previously hindered PRODA’s progress are now attempting to extinguish it completely, motivated by reasons not in the national interest. They claimed that these individuals harbor a bias against anything associated with the Igbo community, perpetuating a sense that the civil war is ongoing.

While pledging their support to President Tinubu, as they did during the presidential election, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council urged him to be cautious of discord-sowing elements and to disregard the manipulated report in favor of the original version. They emphasized their commitment to the success of the administration and urged the president to navigate the country out of the current economic crisis.

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