Abia State

A group known as Abia Union in South Africa, says it has commenced  the collation of  members’ data living in that country.

Mr Chima Umealo, the President of the group told newsmen in Johannesburg on Saturday that the process began a year ago and was still on-going.

Umealo said that the union embarked on the collation exercise in line with the federal and state government`s policy of  collating  the data of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

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“The Federal and state governments have implemented a Diaspora data collation initiative.

“The union has keyed into this  and has commenced a compilation of  the data of  Abia indigenes  living in South Africa for developmental purpose.

“Without a correct data of people at home and in the Diaspora, it will be difficult to implement some developmental programmes,” he said.

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The president, who said  that  the union had   been repositioned, added that it organised the first Igbo food festival in South Africa which attracted  the attention of  investors  in the hospitality business.

He said the festival, which held in November last year, showcased assorted Nigerian delicacies and preparation processes.

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“Many South Africans and investors from other countries became interested in Nigerian food,” he said.

Umealo further said that the union would partner with the Abia government to build a modern bus stop in Aba.

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