By Mike Mbonye
The Enugu State Union in South Africa on Monday said it would establish a N38.5 million cultural centre in Johannesburg to promote investment, commerce and culture.
Mr Mike Ugwu, the President of the union, announced the plan at the 20th anniversary of the union in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ugwu said that the union was determined to ensure positive utilisation of resources for profitable ventures “that will improve our lives, individually and collectively.’’
According to him, the project is designed to house a 1,000-seater event hall, a boardroom and a 250-square metre outdoor arena with offices.
“The centre will also have 32 retail shops to take care of both private and commercial interests of the union.
“The project, estimated to cost R1.7 million (N38.5 million) , is the brainchild of the current leadership of the union,’’ he said.
Ugwu said that the union was also making efforts to seek cooperation from the Enugu State Government in key areas of interests like agriculture, tourism and infrastructure.
“It is for these interests that we reiterate our appeal to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to fulfil his promise of partnering with Enugu people in the Diaspora for mutual benefits.
“We are keen to bring our hard earned resources, through investment, to develop our state,’’ he said.
Ugwu also said that the union would revive the second part of the Enugu Green Tree Project which began in September 2010.
Also speaking, the President of Abia Union in South Africa, Mr Chima Umealo, commended the Enugu group for initiating the cultural centre project.
“This project is laudable and a big legacy for our people; it is important that we support it and ensure its successful completion,’’ he said.
Umealo reiterated the determination of Abia Union to partner with any Nigerian group to improve the welfare of the people.