By Chizoba Okeke/Anastacia Agunwa :
Awka, Sept. 4, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State House
of Assembly has passed a motion urging Government to direct Commissioner for
Information and related agencies to intensify campaigns in persuading indigenes
to invest in Anambra.
Mr Pete Ibida, member representing Njikoka 2
constituency sponsored the motion during plenary on Sept. 3, while Mr Sunny
Frederick Ozobialu representing Nnewi South 1 constituency seconded it.
Mr Ibida reminded the House that Anambra
Government established the Anambra State Investment, Promotion and Protection
Agency (ANSIPPA), via appropriate laws.
``Anambra people are the most cosmopolitan
business investors and have their huge investments in other parts of the
country and beyond.
``Anambra parades the greatest number of
resourceful businessmen and women in Nigeria with more than 80 per cent of
their investments outside the state.
``And that continued capital flight
constitutes huge threat to our economic growth and inimical to socio-economic,
industrial and technological emancipation,’’ he added.
The lawmaker emphasized that if the Ministry
of Information and other related agencies intensify campaigns and embolden the
investors to `think home’, the positive effect would be unquestionable.
Arguing in favour of the motion, Mr Obinna
Emeneka representing Anambra East noted that the vision of Government was to be
first choice investment destination.
He, then, urged well-to-do Ndi Anambra to
invest in the state
``You can't talk about mission without vision.
Our state has created socially stable and sustainable environment, where our
indigenes at home and abroad can seek wealth-creating opportunities.’’
Mr John Nwokoye representing Awka North, noted
that Government established a programme known as `Akaluouno’, its essence was
for Ndi Anambra outside the state to come back and invest at home.
``Their fears are a lack of security but
today, Anambra is among the safest states in the country. They should come
back, invest to develop the state,’’ Mr Nwokoye stressed.
Mr Chinonso Nobel Igwe, representing Ogbaru 1
said: ``this is called operation think home philosophy.
``If Anambra people are to invest here, their
businesses are more secure and it will help to accrue revenue to the state.
``Investing in Anambra will provide job
opportunities for Ndi Anambra.’’
Mr Igwe, praised the likes of Godwin Ezemo,
Cosmas Maduka of Coscharis, Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson and Godwin Ibeto of
Ibeto group for massively investing at home.
Mr Emmanuel Nwafor representing Orumba South
said when we sensitise rich indigenes to invest; companies and individuals
could build an airport for the state.
He noted that everything should not be left in
the hands of hands of government alone.
The resolution was unanimously adopted by the
Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor who presided over the
plenary, stressed the importance of investing in the state.
He noted that it would create jobs for youths
and also increase Internally Generated Revenue of the state through payment of