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Obiano, Obi of Onitsha to woo investors

Obiano, Obi of Onitsha  to woo investors
Obi of Onitsha Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe   will on Monday, October 3 deliver the Anambra State 25th Anniversary Lecture, entitled, “Think Nigeria, Invest in Anambra – Aku Luo Uno”.

The lecture, the Organising Committee of the Anambra at 25, headed by Anambra State Deputy Governor Dr. Nkem Okeke, disclosed, is to woo  Anambra indigenes and other people from the southeast geopolitical zone to invest in Anambra, in line with the blueprint of Governor Willie Obiano administration which encourages indigenous investors to take advantage of the vast investment opportunities in agriculture, industry, trade,  commerce and oil and gas sectors in the state.
Obiano had in 2015, established the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA),  a one-stop service center that structures and facilitates business partnerships between the state and private investors.
This agency which has Chief Joe Billy Ekwunife,  as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer ( MD/CEO), provides information, support and guidance to prospective investors, implements aftercare strategy and also provides a project equity contribution in the form of land, other intangibles and basic infrastructure such as access roads, in order to ease the burden on investment in the state.
A number of indigenous investors, as documented in ANSIPPA brochure, have benefited from this arrangement. These include, Coscharis Farms limited, promoted by Dr. Cosmas Maduka, with investment of $120 million, Falcon Corporation Limited, which invested $ 100million, Joseph Agro Limited ($150million), Cardinal Developers ($98million), Richbon Nigeria Limited, with investment of $70million and several others.
The lecture will kick-off the second phase of the anniversary celebration which started with a world press conference addressed by Governor Obiano, on Friday, August 26, 2016, at the Government House, Awka.
This second phase of the four-month long anniversary celebration programme, according to the coordinator of the Anambra at 25 events, Chief Emeka Okonkwo, is fashioned to draw attention to the “rich tourism potentials of Anambra state, especially in this period of economic difficulty which calls for diversification and creativity in the revenue drive of the state”, in line with the desire of Obiano administration, to depend less on the monthly Federal Allocation from Abuja.
Okonkwo,  while addressing the traditional rulers of the 179 communities in Anambra State, at the Government House, Awka, Anambra State capital,   on behalf of the Organising Committee, said: “The Anambra @25 Committee wants to use this historic silver jubilee of our dear state to showcase not only  our rich cultural heritage, natural endowments but also our unique tourisms potentials.
“Tourism all over the world is a big business. Many countries around the globe derive huge revenue from tourism and Anambra with it’s diverse tourism endowments,  should rightly be on the front role of tourism sector in Nigeria if  the sector is well developed, essential as government has provided the enabling environment for it to thrive.
”We are grateful to the government of His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano, for the decisive manner it fought against criminality and insecurity in Anambra state in the past two years. Now with a secured Anambra, we will no longer be afraid to invite our brothers, sisters, friends and other tourism enthusiasts from within and outside the shores of Nigeria to come and have a feel of tourism in Anambra state,” adding that developing and harnessing the tourism potentials in Anambra will not only earn the state extra revenue but also stimulate economic activities in the regions that  host the numerous tourism sites in the state.
Okonkwo also disclosed that the anniversary celebration is at no cost to the state government as sponsorship cost is borne by private individuals and corporate bodies who are using the opportunity of the historic event to identify with Anambra State.


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