Abuja, Nigeria – In a town hall meeting with Ndi Anambra businessmen and women residing in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, the Governor of Anambra State, once again emphasized the importance of Ndi Anambra bringing their investments back home to contribute to the state’s development.
Governor Soludo urged Anambra natives who have investments outside the state to consider repatriating them as a foundational step towards developing Anambra. He emphasized the significance of strategic partnerships and cooperation to achieve this common goal.
During the event, Governor Soludo highlighted several initiatives undertaken by his administration to create an investor-friendly environment. These efforts include strengthening the state’s security architecture to tackle challenges like the weekly sit-at-home syndrome and advancing road infrastructure projects, with over 300 kilometers of roads currently in progress.
The State Capital, Awka, is undergoing modernization, including the construction of a new government house and lodge. Governor Soludo also discussed the government’s regenerative agriculture initiative, distributing coconut and palm oil seedlings to households to boost production and reduce poverty.
The Governor acknowledged the existential threat posed by environmental issues like flooding and erosion, assuring the audience of efforts to address these challenges through waterway re-channeling and desilting. Environmental laws are also planned to ensure regular maintenance of buildings and infrastructure.
Regarding the commercial city of Onitsha, Governor Soludo expressed determination to revitalize it by rebuilding infrastructure, desilting waterways, and enhancing the overall environment. Plans include a new look for the Ochanja Roundabout with a waterfalls fountain and the dualization of Creek Road with street lights.
Governor Soludo assured prospective investors of expedited land acquisition and announced ongoing efforts to provide 24-hour electricity, in collaboration with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), for major towns such as Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, and Ekwulobia. He urged all Ndi Anambra to contribute to the state’s development by paying their taxes.
The Governor expressed optimism about the future of the South East, believing that the region’s leaders are committed to working together for its growth.
Sir Emeka Offor, Chairman of the occasion, commended Governor Soludo’s infrastructural development efforts in Anambra State and called for the collective support of all Ndi Anambra, irrespective of party affiliation, to contribute to the state’s progress.
Other prominent figures, including the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, former Governor Dr. Chris Ngige, and Senators Victor Umeh, Ifeanyi Ubah, and Uche Ekwunife, praised Governor Soludo’s outstanding work in Anambra State during the event. The town hall meeting also had the presence of Mrs. Nonye Soludo, the wife of the Governor, prominent Anambra-born Captains of Industry, and members of the Anambra State Executive Council.