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Xenophobia Attacks: Jim Ovia Withdraws From World Economic Forum in South Africa

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Jim Ovia, Chairman of Zenith Bank, Nigeria speaks at a session at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

The Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank plc, Mr. Jim Ovia has also withdrawn from World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa 2019, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, WESTERNPOST can report.

The federal government on Wednesday withdraws from WEF gathering in Cape Town in the aftermath of attacks on foreigners in South African cities.

Nigeria has pulled out of an African economic summit in South Africa, intensifying a diplomatic row after a series of deadly attacks on foreigners, including Nigerians, in South African cities.

According a statement by the lender, “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 Jim Ovia has withdrawn from further activities at the World Economic Forum Africa 2019, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa.”

The lender stated that, before taking his exit, 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.

He 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, having 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.

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