A group known as Non-indigenous professionals and Non-professionals Forum(NIPNF), has called for unity among its members in Ebonyi state.
The forum inaugurated its executive members in Abakiliki, during their Ordinary General Meeting(OGM), where Dr. Philip Osuagwu, emerged as the chairman of the Forum.
Chairman of the forum in his address, stated that the organization gives its members the platform to work together for the common benefit of the Non-indigenes.
He said they have also come on board to ensure that the welfare of her members is giving adequate attention at all times.
He noted that there are many positions that non-indigenes can occupy in the state but that incoherent has continued to rob them off the position, leading to the formation of NIPNF.
“The organization also gives us the platform to be able to negotiate with government, her agencies and key stakeholders in the state for the purpose of addressing the many challenges facing non-indigenes in the state.
“it is important that we have this organization to solve our problem with ease. There is a lot going on in the state and as a people if we don’t have a voice that will speak for us, it may be difficult to measure up with the demands of the state. We are strangers in this state, we need this body to always be there to speak for us, we need this body to speak like a family.
“We noticed that when it comes to appointments and other good thing happenings in this state, you hardly find non indigenes there. It is not as if we don’t qualify, there are positions actually that non indigenes can occupy but I think that one of the problems is incoherent; there is no voice, nobody speaks for us. So, it is important that we have that voice now so that I don’t need to go to just only vote, I need to also have the benefit from the vote that I cast.
“So, if I go to vote for anybody, this organization should be able to negotiate favourable deals with the person. If you go out there, there are a lot of policies that may not be favourable. Now, this organization will see that such policies are made to be fair to everybody. So, it gives us that opportunity to speak, to negotiate,” Osuagwu stated