Friday, 26 August 2016

Anambra@25: Governor Obiano Urges Citizens to Return to Agriculture, livestock farming

Gov. Obiano while unveiling the 25 logo

Comrade Okechukwu C.FN. Onuegbu, the MD/CEO of

Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has enjoined the citizenry to invest massively on agriculture, especially vegetable and livestock productions, which according to him are gold mine yet to be explored.

The State Governor, who made the call while addressing a press conference as part of activities marking Anambra State 25 years anniversary, disclosed that the state government was in dare need of livestock farmers with a view to making the state a major exporter of Igbo-made cattle, goats, etc.

Obiano equally affirmed that the state has exported vegetable produce such as ugu (pumpkin leaves), onugbu (bitter leaf), amongst others in commercial quantities through the help of private foreign and local investors, who assisted in training farmers and other processes of exportation.

According to the governor, the farmers whose produce were exported were duly paid directly from exporters, apart from experiences they garnered, while the state government generated a huge Internally Generated Revenue from it.

On how best to realise funds for these and other major projects, Governor Obiano urged Anambrarians to form cooperative societies and obtain loan from the Anambra State Small Business Agency (ASBA), which according to him, also assist in training cooperatives and individuals on best ways of realizing their dreams.

The logo
Obiano, who regretted that the state has recorded about 927 active erosion sites, while only 12 are currently been tackled by NEWMAP, envisaged that the state shall be able to tackle its erosion menace alone in the next twenty-five years, as well as lessen its dependency from federal allocation, while becoming food basket of the nation and Africa at large due to his many policies worthy of emulation.

While noting that the silver jubilee celebration affords his administration an opportunity to renew his pact with Ndi Anambra, Obiano stressed that his administration would not relent in making the state a hub for economic and social activities, local and foreign investors, and most secured in Africa.

He also pointed out that his administration would sustained its efforts to carter for the needs of its citizenry in education and health through provisions of infrastructural, comfort, and training and retraining of key officers across the sectors.

On why the state was yet to be enjoying the full status of oil producing states in the country, governor Obiano revealed that Orient Oil and Gas LTD was working modalities to resolving the issue in collaboration with other companies, and once ratified, the state will commence oil and gas exploration at commercial quantities across its reservoirs at Igbariam, Ogbaru, Aguleri, etc.

He further hinted that Anambra State has surpassed other states created same time with it in terms of network of roads, prompt payment of workers salaries, security of lives and properties, manpower across all sectors and lifestyles, and also generated over 4.5 billion dollars, and many others courtesy of his administrations and those of his predecessors.

On Fulani menace, he urged the populace not to panic as they maintained formidable relationship with the cattle rustlers since 2015 they created active committee handling the affairs with the Police, leaders of the herdsmen, monarch and others as members to ensuring that both parties enjoyed tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

It would be recalled that Anambra State clocked twenty-years of existence last Saturday, 27 August 2016. Among the activities heralding the celebrations were World Press Conference held on 26th August, 2016; 25 anniversary celebration on 27th August; and Primary School Football Competition; Civil Service Football Competition to be hold in September.

Others are Anniversary Lecture/Dinner (1st October); Port Harcourt Gala Night (22nd October); Cultural Beauty Pageant (28 October); Cultural Carnival for South Senatorial District (29th October); Cultural Carnival for North Senatorial District (12th November); Abuja Gala Night (18th November); Christmas Tree Lighting (25th November);Trade fair (25th-9th December); Lagos Gala Night (2nd December); Award Dinner/Christmas Party (16th December); Grand Finale for Cultural Carnival/Fireworks (17th December); Inter Denominational Church Service; and Visitation to Tourists Sites (18th December); and Christmas Carol (22nd December, 2016).    



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