Why We Are Organizing Isoko Economic Summit-Egbabor
ISOKO North Local Government Council boss, Hon. Emmanuel Egbabor has said the idea behind the oncoming Isoko Economic and Investment Summit 2017 scheduled to hold on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Oleh Civic Centre, Oleh, headquarter of Isoko South Local Government Council of Delta State, is for the ethnic nation begin to think of ways to harness, mobilize and “deliberately annex its natural endowments, human potentials and veritable opportunities.”
The Isoko Economic and Investment Summit 2017 according to Egbabor, co convener alongside Hon. Itiako Constantine Ikpokpo, is therefore a deliberate and conscious attempt to encourage investments in areas of comparative advantage, “so as to encourage mass production of our local produce, provide job opportunities along the value chain, and create wealth and to reduce significantly the poverty index. It is aimed at galvanizing our potentials, in hospitality, merchandize, sport, creativity and in all areas of life.
“The Isoko nation is a land full abundant natural and human resource. From the large groundnuts farms in Igbide, to the massive plantain and banana farms in Umeh/Erowha, the abundant pineapple orchards in Emevor, and cassava in Uzere and indeed all the communities in Isoko, it is an undeniable truth that the Isoko land is green.
“The large oil deposit in Uzere, (the second community where oil was discovered in 1958 after Olobiri in 1957), Olomoro, Oleh, Ozoro, Igbide, Emevor, Owhe, and Iirri among others and all the derivatives along the value chain makes Isoko the hub for oil related investments. Most significantly, the Isoko nation is absolutely peaceful, and remains the Most Peaceful oil producing Nationality in the Niger Delta. Isoko is therefore the safest and most secure investment destination. The peaceful, accessible and choice location of the Isoko nation; and its proximity to the major cities of Warri, Asaba, Benin and Port Harcourt, not forgetting its clement and serene weather conditions makes it a haven for habitation. Isoko is therefore home for real estate related investment. With an active, productive and highly hospitable population of about 1.5 million people, Isoko has a large market for all kinds of trade and services. It is the choicest choice for merchandize. From the Araya Bible site, (the holy land where the Holy Bible fell) to the Urie fishing festival, the Umeh Independence Carnival, and the glamorous Ozoro, Emevor Idje fire festivals, Isoko is number one tourist destination. The Isokos are known for their pleasantly rich and cherish culture. These are fertile industries waiting to be exploited for the progress of the people,” the council boss submitted.