By Ukpa Ewa
Agulu (Anaocha LGA), May 20, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Government has unveiled a prototype of the Awka Capital Territory Ultra Modern International Market located at Isiagu, Awka South Local Government Area.
This is to boost development of trade, commerce and wealth creation.
This is coming barely three weeks after the test-run of the state’s Cargo and Passenger Airport at Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.
In a speech at the event Gov. Willie Obiano, commended the host community, Isiagu, for providing 20.8 hectares of land for the market project.
He was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu.
The Governor hailed the Key Stone Bank, which he said, bought in the idea and provided funds for the project.
“The vision for embarking on this project is to make Anambra State a home for economic activities and investment destinations.
Trade and Commerce is one of the five pillars of the Willie Obiano administration, and this ultra modern market speaks a whole lot about this.
“It is our belief that the construction company handling the project will deliver on schedule. It is also our belief that the host community will give every necessary support for the actualisation of the dream,’’ the governor said.
The state’s Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Chief Uchenna Okafor, who described commerce as a determinant for economic stability, called on Anambra traders in The Diaspora to come home to invest.
“When I assumed office as Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, I embarked on a tour of some parts of the World, where I realised that Anambra’s greatest business strength is outside the country.
“I also realised that if our people carrying on businesses in different parts of the world repatriate even 10 per cent of their investments to Anambra, the state will be bigger than Dubai and Taiwan.
“Obiano’s government is always willing to support any investment that can add value to the lives of our people. So, I will request the private sector to come into the state to invest, because, no government will succeed without the active participation of the private sector,” he said.
Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, ASIPPA, Mr Jide Ikeakor, said at least, 35 per cent of Nigeria’s commercial (trade) activities are controlled by Anambra businessmen alone.
According to him the Ultra Modern International Market at Isiagu holds great potential for the state, both during and after its construction.
This he explained was because a lot of job opportunities would come up along the construction and business chains.
Earlier in his address, Chairman of J C Michaels Nig. Ltd, the contractors handling the project, Mr. Jude Amuzie, assisted by the Company Secretary Mr Ikechukwu Ibeto, said the project came into fruition in a Public Private Partnership, an arrangement between the Anambra State government and J.C Michael. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in 2017. (MOI)