The Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia has announced his exit from the World Economic Forum Africa 2019, holding in Cape Town South Africa.
He made this known in a statement endorsed by Ayoola Kusimo of Zenith Bank’s Corporate Communications.
Ovia said his decision was pivoted on the Xenophobic attack on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa.
The business mogul availed himself the opportunity to suggest that youth empowerment and better government policies would curb continual attacks on persons living within and outside Africa.
It read, “Following the hypersensitivity of the issues surrounding the lives and well-being of Nigerian citizens living in South Africa and to contribute his voice against the poor state of security regarding foreign nationals living in Africa, the Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia has withdrawn from further activities at the World Economic Forum Africa 2019, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa.
“Before taking his exit, Mr. Ovia stressed the need for youth empowerment and better government policies to curb continual attacks on persons living within and outside Africa. He belaboured that until positive change towards collective growth happens on this front, the continent would not reach its potential.
“Mr Ovia added that full support should be rendered in vocational education of the young persons living in not just Nigeria but Africa. According to him, the Jim Ovia Foundation has taken up a stance on this issue, has empowered over 3,500 students and entrepreneurs since its inception. He called on other members of the private sector to join hands and solve this menace plaguing the African continent.”
Laila’s News reported that former Finance Minister, Oby Ezekwesili was rebuked by Nigerians on Twitter for attending this summit in the country was its nationals have been carrying out Xenophobic attacks on foreigners.
The Government, however, announced in the early hours of Thursday that Air Peace would be returning stranded Nigerians back to the country on Friday, September 6.