Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Finance, has called on the three tiers of government in Nigeria to pay serious attention to the development of the rural communities in the country.
Okonjo-Iweala made the call on Wednesday during the 12th bi-ennial home-coming (Ejealo 2018) and N25 million fundraiser for the construction of a craft centre at Umuda Isingwu in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia.
She said that no country in the world could develop without giving attention to its rural communities.
She therefore urged Nigerians to go back to their communities, saying “this is the only way we are going to develop the country.
“It is not just from the federal level but we have to start from the grassroots to support the people in the village.
“Everyone who belongs to a community has to help that community because the beginning of development in a country lies in a community,” she said.
The former minister, who was honoured on the occasion for her meritorious service to the community, expressed joy that her husband’s community recognised her.
She prayed for peace to reign in Nigeria as it geared up for the general elections, adding that God should see the nation through its difficult political period.
She said: “We want peace in the country. We want things to go well. We want lives to improve for the average Nigerians.
“We are praying that 2019 will bring good things for Nigerians.”