By John Ndu : Sequel to incessant attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, Anambra State government has called on Nigerians, especially the Igbos to rechannel their investments home to avoid future loss of lives and properties.
The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano regretted that some Victims were Igbos who had invested heavily and contributed to the development of South Africa, but in reverse, treated like non -entities, as some had been confiscated of their businesses and properties.
Governor Obiano was giving this advice when some delegation from the Anambra State Association of South Africa visited him at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
Chief Obiano while condemning the attacks disclosed that his administration had provided necessary facilities to make the state a first choice investment destination and a hub for industrialisation, vis-a-vis creation of various agencies such as Anambra State Investments Promotion and Protection Agency, ANSIPPA, Anambra State Small Business Agency among others.
The Governor explained that the essence of those initiatives was to make the state viable for its inhabitants to ensure that Ndi Anambra have less need to seek opportunities elsewhere especially in view of the increasing hostilities meted out against Ndigbo everywhere.
He also called on Ndi Anambra in South Africa to shun drug trafficking and al anti-social acts and vices, saying his administration would support the association in its efforts to provide empowerment for the Anambra youths.
The commissioner for Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Mrs Stella Onuorah who noted that the State is in dire need of investments from its diaspora community, revealed that the meeting was in line with the efforts of the present administration through her ministry to mobilize Ndi Anambra to support the ongoing transformation in the state.
The President General of the Association, Chief Onyekachukwu Onyeka said that due to the attack on foreigners in South Africa, they want to partner the state government to enlighten Ndi Anambra travelling to the country on how to be able to integrate so as to minimize the population of people coming to South Africa for wrong reasons.
A member of the association’s board of trustees, Mr Jason Osuafor expressed appreciation to the governor on behalf of the Association for the way he has so far steered the affairs of the state and said the association looks to its partnership with his administration and other key stakeholders, to achieve a lot in the area of human capital/business development, among others.