The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has urged the international business community and Nigerians in the Diaspora who wish to invest in the state to take advantage of the one stop agency, the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA) to make such investments without the rigmarole of dealing with multiple, incoherent agencies and offices.
He made the comments while speaking as the special guest of honour at the USAfrica Interactive Forum at the weekend in Houston, Texas, where he received the award of ’Nigeria’s Governor of the Year’ 2014.
The former banker and auditor also listed prudent management of the resources of the State, economic enablers and aggressive attack on all forms of crime as the highlights of his performance in the past nine months of his administration.
Gov Obiano hinted that “even as my government is being commended for several achievements, we are going to achieve more significant projects in 2015 such as a cargo airport and an inland seaport. The flyover projects in Awka will be ready for use.”
On the other hand, Chief Obiano whose performance within one year has been widely commended also cautioned that the drop in the oil price has affected the size of funds given from the federal government.
In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Chido Nwangwu, the Founder and Publisher of USAfrica, described Gov. Obiano as, a high-achiever who has dominated his environment in Anambra and has within 9 months left indelible marks on the Anambra landscape. I think he’s a technocrat who has made Anambra better and a humanitarian.”
Further explaining why Obiano bagged the prestigious recognition, Dr. Nwangwu noted that “since taking over the mantle of leadership of Anambra State, the banker turned politician has, with purposeful zeal attracted investments and with the courageous heart of a bull, confronted criminals and miscreants who had unleashed mayhem and gripped the peace loving people of the state in the throes of trepidation, fear and death.
According to him, “In the course of the USAfrica Governance Index assessment across the State and other parts of the country, we reached the conclusion that Gov. Obiano has not only done very well in impacting various sectors of Anambra State but he has shown that a truly transformative leadership is possible within a relatively short period and utilizing very modest resources to push the great and sometimes boisterous State to its better heights and security.”
In attendance were the First Lady of Anambra State, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano and her daughter, Ndi Anambra in Diaspora and distinguished members of the Interactive Forum.