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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 House.

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 taxes. (MOI)