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At book launch, Chioke lauds Obiano

By Omiko Awa
08 March 2022   |   2:42 am
Group Managing Director of Afrinvest West Africa Limited, Prince Ike Chioke, has applauded Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, for his visionary leadership and economic planning

Willie Obiano. Photo: TWITTER/WILLIEMOBIANO

Group Managing Director of Afrinvest West Africa Limited, Prince Ike Chioke, has applauded Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, for his visionary leadership and economic planning, saying the governor has established institutions that have improved the ease of business in the state.

Chioke who doubles as Chairman, Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), said this, yesterday, in Lagos at the unveiling of the book titled: Akpokuedike, Duty Call-In Anambra, he wrote to highlight some of Obiano’s achievements as governor of Anambra State.

Some of the achievements, he said are, the provision of infrastructure, the Anambra International Conference Centre, Awka City Stadium, the State International Passenger and Cargo Airport, roads, farm produces and social amenities.

He noted that Obiano’s prudent management of resources created a level playing field for businesses to operate and also helped to reduce poverty by 14 per cent.

Commending Obiano for opening up the state for investment and development, Chioke revealed that he (Obiano) established ANSIPPA to attract local and foreign investors in all sectors of the state’s economy.

Chioke pointed out that ANSIPPA’s boosted Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to strive and provide services in key areas, apart from creating new jobs for the youths.

He, however, noted that youth restiveness in the South East region, which often disrupted economic activities was caused by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the governor is holding talks with concerned parties to bring peace to the region.

The 15-chapter book of 191 pages published by Partridge x-rayed the governor from childhood to his time in the banking sector, his philanthropy, his time as governor and his consolidation through what has been described as the ‘Soludo Solution.’

Chioke disclosed that Obiano has no interest in the presidency, but his wife, Ebelechukwu, will contest the Anambra North Senatorial District in the 2023 general election.

He added that his successor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, will not only continue from where he (Obiano) stopped, but will also ensure that Obiano’s 70-year plan for Ndi Anambra will not be jettisoned.