AS ANAMBRA State marks her 28th anniversary of creation today, it is unarguably among the top investment destinations and hub for industrialisation and commercial activities in Nigeria.
The state was created on August 27, 1991, by former military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, out of the old Anambra State, comprising the present Enugu and Anambra States. Presently, Anambra is known and reputed as the most secure state in the federation with the most friendly environment which has been attracting both indigenes and foreigners who are seeking wealth creating opportunities with the success already recorded in ‘Operation Light up Anambra’,
good network of roads among other tangible and intangible achievements, the state is gradually becoming a ‘one city state – an indication that all parts of the state are witnessing tremendous development in terms of infrastructure.
OF COURSE, there is no doubt that right from the creation of the state, 28 years ago, there were high expectations that it would surpass other states of the federation development wise. The high expectations stemmed from the abundant human and material resources the state is blessed with.
IT WAS also well known that indigenes of the state contributed immensely in the growth and development of almost all states in Nigeria.
APART from having two major commercial centres, Onitsha and Nnewi, which were major sources of revenue to the old Anambra State, the state parades a good number of people of national and international repute, such as the late Zik of Africa, Dr Alex Ekwueme, Dim Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu,
former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, First Republic Senate President, the late Nwafor Orizu, first Republic politician, Chief Mbazuruike Amaechi, among others, amid notable businessmen, educationists, literary giants and industrialists, which gave hope that the state’s development would be unprecedented.
WITHIN the past 28 years, Anambra has been governed by various administrations, including Navy Commander Joseph Abulu, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Police Commissioner Dabo Aliyu, Col. Mike Atah, Wing Cmdr. Emmanuel Ukaegbu, Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju, Dr Chris Ngige, Chief Peter Obi, Dame Virgy Etiaba, Senator Andy Uba, and the incumbent, Chief Willie Obiano.
Although the state did not hit the ground running in terms of infrastructural development under successive administrations till around 2003, under Dr Chris Ngige, the state has been transformed to a state to be reckoned with within Nigeria, particularly under the APGA-led administrations of Chief Peter Obi and Chief Willie Obiano.
IT CAN certainly be said without fear of contradiction that Anambra State is a state of firsts, leading other states in many areas, including academics, national exams, quiz and debate competitions. It is equally a state to emulate in health, trade and commerce, community development and agricultural programmes, among others.
UNDER Governor Obiano, Anambra achieved the long expected dream of being the first port of call for investors through his pillars of development, which includes agriculture, oil and gas, industrialisation, trade and commerce, with their many enablers, provision of security and creation of agencies like Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), Anambra Traffic Management Agency (ATMA), Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade, Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA), Anambra State Small Business Agency (ASBA), among others for accelerated development.
WHILE appreciating past leaders of the state for their various contributions to the growth of Anambra, we specially commend the APGA-led administration that has piloted the affairs of the state for the past 11 years.
WE BELIEVE that given the quantum of resources in terms of human capital in the state, particularly now that a lot of youths are involved in governance, that the government and people of the state can’t help but work towards living out the state’s monika – ‘The Light of the Nation’ in all ramifications both now and in the future.