‘Peace in Enugu encouraged me to establish agribusiness at home’
A north-based farmer and indigene of Mbu, in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State, Alhaji Sani Friday Nnaji, has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing peaceful and conducive environment for businesses to thrive in the state.
Alhaji Nnaji, who is deep-rooted in agricultural business, has large farms in the northern part of the country such as Zamfara State. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ANSAR Technology Nigeria Limited, as well as the founder of Alhaji Sani Nnaji Foundation, which empowers local farmers in food production and marketing.
Speaking when Gov. Ugwuanyi joined him and other Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir at his country home in Mbu, Isi-Uzo LGA of the state, yesterday, Alhaji Nnaji disclosed that he returned home from the north to establish a farming business because of the enduring peace the governor had entrenched in the state.
The wealthy and successful farmer stressed that emplaced peace in Enugu State since Ugwuanyi assumed office in 2015 was one of the greatest achievements of the governor, adding that his agricultural business was thriving in the state because of the existing peace in the state.
Nnaji, who revealed that his farming business had created many jobs for the people of the state and beyond, stated that “Isi-Uzo can today feed Enugu State.”
He pointed out that “we took 1,200 farmers from Isi-Uzo LGA and invested the sum of N177 million to give them inputs for cultivation of maize.
“Our maize today, after harvesting, can serve the purpose of Enugu State. Our yam farming is encouraging. In fish production, together with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), we access Ebonyi River here, and we are going to have fish ponds that will serve the entire South East geo-political zone.”
He added that cotton in Enugu State is better than cotton in anywhere in Nigeria, saying, “We planted cotton and we harvested cotton more than 12 times in the north where I am coming from. We harvest cotton four times and it will dry up; so we have got more than our target in Enugu State.”