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Monday, December 19, 2016

Obiano Attracts $4 bn Investments In 2 Years, Set To Jumb-start Operation Of Onitsha Inland Port



The Governor Willie Obiano-led administration in Anambra State, says it has attracted over $4 billion investments into the State in two years.

Obiano, who revealed this at the award ceremony to round-off the silver jubilee celebration of the State (Anambra at 25), affirmed that his administration is intensely focused on driving his economic blueprint, through the four pillars of development, aimed at positioning the State for an uncommon economic growth.

The four pillars of development are, agriculture, industrialisation, trade and commerce and oil and gas.

He stated that his administration has so far, successfully placed Anambra State on the agricultural map of Nigeria, which is the number one pillar of his blueprint, saying that they would soon begin to make the same impact with industrialisation, trade and commerce and oil and gas, which make up the remaining pillars of his blueprint.

According to him, the four pillars of development hold the key to the future of Anambra State.

However, in order to add to the overall economic drive of the State, Obiano explained that his administration, has also adopted a new development strategy, known as the “Anambra Economic Transformation Programme” (AET-P), to enhance the integrated development of the State.

This strategy according to him, was developed to match the State’s new public sector efficiency with the growing interest of the private sector in order to achieve a set of clearly established goals.

These goals include, jumpstarting the immediate operations of the Onitsha Inland River Port, to serve as a catalyst to the State’s domestic economy, upgrading the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway into a world class highway with ultramodern ancillary services that will boost the State’s internally generated revenue (IGR).

Diversifying the State’s economy, by tapping the huge agricultural potentials of Anambra River Basin and finally, accelerating the construction and subsequent operations of the proposed international cargo and fuelling airport in Umueri.

He expressed confidence that the four pillars of development, would change the State’s economic landscape in the next 25 years and bring the people to a vantage position to drive development in West Africa and beyond.

Obiano described Anambra people as one of the best in the country, who have contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria.

He observed that Anambra indigenes are industrious and have supported Nigeria’s growth, noting that the award was instituted to honour indigenes of the State that merited it, irrespective of political, religious or traditional affiliations.

He urged the people of the State to join hands with his administration to bring the hopes and wishes of the people to fulfillment.

“I urge you to bring your dreams home, I urge you to bring your naira and dollar home. Though we have only 4,844 square meters of land, Anambra State is big enough for everyone, no matter the size of our dreams”.

By  Kay Ugwuede

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