Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano have encouraged the wealthy Anambra citizens and other investors to look the way of the state in terms of investments.
Governor Obiano made this known on Saturday at the Governors Lodge, Awka, as the state celebrated, in style, 25 years of eventful statehood.
The event was graced by traditional rulers, elders, political leaders, the clergy, captains of industry and friends of the state. Prominent Anambra elders and leaders at the dinner included Second Republic Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme; former CBN Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo; National Chairman of the All Progressives Alliance, APGA, Dr. Victor Ike Oye; member APGA BoT, Amb. Bianca Odimegwu Ojukwu; Chief Judge of Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi; Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke; Obi of Onitsha, HRM, Igwe Nnemeka Achebe; and former Governor of Anambra State, Dame, Virgy Etiaba.
Obiano used the gathering as an opporunity to reassure wealthy Anambra citizens to invest in the state, boasting of the security, infrastructure, raw materials and government policy in the state.
He said “it is not enough to be the most secured state in the country, one of the best in education, paved intra-city road networks and agriculture, there is need for partnership of all to take Anambra to where it should be in the next 25 years, specifically by 2041.
Governor Obiano went ahead to advise Anambra entrepreneurs to take advantage of the current conducive climate in the state and plough their investment homewards.
According to him, opportunities abound for investors in agriculture, housing, oil and gas, education and service provision among others.
To be Taiwan of Africa in 2041, Obiano also spoke on the effort of his government to make Anambra state an agricultural hub, and the prospects of the state in the next 25 years, saying:
“Anambra state will be the food basket of Africa in the next 25 years. In the next 25 years, Anambra will not depend on federal allocation. It will be known as a state that transited to become the Taiwan of Africa. We are number one among states that were created 25 years ago. We pay salaries as and when due. We are the safest state, and we have attracted billions of dollars in investment to the state.
“I wish to appeal for peace and harmony. Let us all beat our cudgels into plough shares and trim this garden of possibilities called Anambra State,” he appealed.
Describing the communal spirit that has been driving development in Anambra communities for ages, governor Obiano enthused that Anambra people do not “wait for the wind to blow in our favour. We go against the wind and leave a large mark for generations yet unborn.
“We have wealth creators and those who scatter riches. We have geniuses among us but we also have everyday people who continue to add drama to our everyday life. These are the attributes of a great household. There must be the good and the not-so-good children but they are all equally loved.
“Everyone is important to us. We cannot keep one and throw the other away. That is the spirit of Anambra. That is what has sustained our legend – the belief that where one thing stands, another thing stands beside it. Nothing ever stands alone in the philosophy of our people!”
Anambra was formerly created by the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida on 27th August 1991.