ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Sally Mbanefo has commended ongoing refurbishment of the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
The commissioner stated this while briefing newsmen in her office. According to the commissioner, “Anambra State Government is action-oriented. The refurbishment of the complex started from my ministry and extended to other ministries.
Mrs Mbanefo who took off with renovation of a section in her office soon after resumption of duty, adorning the place with artworks.
She noted that “with the ongoing refurbishment, Gov. Willie Obiano is maintaining a legacy project he initiated four years ago”.
She described the commissioners in the Obiano administration as `legacy commissioners’, out to set the pace as professionals and not people selected for merely on political consideration.
“If you look at our curriculum vitae (CVs), you will see that we are all qualified. We are here as professionals, because of what we can offer to make Anambra better state than we met it.
“Obiano is the first governor to create the Diaspora Ministry in Anambra and people like us decided to come home and serve our state as he has provided the enabling environment for us to work.
“The governor is doing well. The Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state has improved tremendously and the governor has been doing all he can to grow the economy of the state,” she said.
The commissioner noted that one of the areas that Anambra State Government was hoping to generate IGR would be through hospitality industries.
“Ndi Anambra welcome visitors and we are focusing on how we can generate money for the state.
“We will go round to talk to investors, especially farmers and those that own industries, discuss with them and know what they want.
“We solve their problems so that they in turn will help to grow the IGR of the state.”
She enjoined those interested in hotel business to come and register with the state government to build their own hotels and other lodging facilities.
This according to her will help to generate revenue and boost the economy of the state, stressing that Anambra built the Agulu Golden Tulip Hotel to show hotel owners how to upgrade the standards of such facilities in the state.
“So, we encourage intending hotel owners to have it in mind that what we need is `Five Star hotels in the state.”
She, however, noted that Gov. Obiano had instilled confidence and peace in the state as people come from different parts of the country to invest in Anambra.
“The security of the state is top notch and this has attracted wealthy ndi Anambra to think home,” she emphasized