The government of Anambra state has revealed that the state with its agricultural strides became the first in Nigeria to export vegetables (Ugu and Onugbu) valued at $5million to Europe.
Governor Willy Obiano, speaking in Abuja in an interactive session he had with the people of the state living in the FCT, confirmed that the concise Economic Blueprint, made up of the four pillars of development; including agriculture, industrialization, trade and commerce and oil and gas he developed on assumption of office has started yielding dividends.
His audience in Abuja included the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, both members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) in the National Assembly, former Governor Chinweoke Mbadinuju and several others.
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The Governor declared that the state is now a socially stable, business-friendly environment attracting both indigenes and foreigners to seek wealth creation opportunities.
Gov. Obiano also disclosed that the state investment agency, ANSIPPA, charged with the mandate of attracting and fast-tracking investments in the state, has so far attracted over $4.2billion deals to the state.
He confirmed that the latest investment was sealed on Tuesday last week with Zolt Energy Limited to build a 40 megawatts embedded power generating plant in Ogbaru.
When completed in the next 18 months as scheduled, all the power generated from it would be distributed mainly in Anambra State.
The Governor further boasts that the state’s locally-produced brand of rice known as Anambra Rice recently emerged the ‘Best Rice in Africa’ at an African products forum in Lagos.
According to him, Anambra Rice was adjudged better and more wholesome than other competing brands from South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Namibia and Cameroun.
He says the state’s agricultural sector has also attracted investments from seven companies valued at $1.011 billion, while the large industrial farms have pushed local rice production from 90,000 metric tons to 210,000 metric tonnes, a rate which will soon surpass the 320,000 metric tonnes consumed in Anambra State per annum.
The governor, who believes that the people of Anambra have the know-how and the resources to turn the state into a model, appealed to investors to bring their money home to Anambra State and invest it there.
For him, Anambra is the safest state in Nigeria today and its rating is growing every day in the investment community, he said.