. . Says, State’s Per Capita, Best in Africa
By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who is currently in the City of Orange, New Jersey, USA, has called for investors in diverse areas, especially for the construction of modular refineries in the state.
Obiano in an address presented to mark the signing of a mutually beneficial agreement with the City of Orange, in the city’s township municipal building on Monday, said the state was the safest, and had also grown to be among most populated in the country.
The governor said, “Anambra is the 10th most populous state in Nigeria with a population of 6.5million people and a population density of 860 per square kilometre. And in the past five years, we have been Nigeria’s safest state with crime rate at its lowest in living memory.
‘We have the largest retail market in West Africa. With an economy of N3.8 trillion, Anambra has the lowest poverty rate in Nigeria with $2.295 per capita. And if Anambra were an independent country, our GDP per capita would have been 17th in Africa. Anambra will be ahead of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Tanzania and Rwanda, to name a few.’
‘We have been ranked as the most transparent and accountable state in Nigeria for having complied with International Public Sector Accounting System Accounting Standards,’ Obiano stated.
He said the state was looking for partners that would help it exploit its natural resources, which he listed to include 40 trillion standard cubic feet of gas that had not been touched yet, partners for the establishment of modular refineries, power generation, agriculture, agro-allied industries and establishment of Industrial Parks.
‘We need partners that will exploit these rich reserves of gas for our mutual benefits. We are also looking for partners in education, healthcare delivery, mass transit and in leisure and tourism.
‘Ladies and gentlemen, Anambra State is at her finest moment in history. Our youths are doing exploits and doing our country proud in science and technology. Our home-bred entrepreneurs are investing heavily in different sectors in the state.
‘This is therefore, a historic moment for Anambra State and I believe, for the City of Orange, as well,” He said.
Obiano told the gathering, which included officials of Orange City and Anambra indigenes resident in the city, that he particularly chose her because he had heard a lot about the city, its beauty, expertise in diverse areas, and had looked forward to it.