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Industrialisation, the answer – Obi Gibson Nwosu

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FIRST of all, I want to felicitate with all the good people and government of Anambra State as we mark 28 years of our coming home. And I’ll begin with all my peace loving and highly industrious subjects in Awka Kingdom, the home of blacksmithing.

Our people have always co-operated with successive governments in their infrastructural development plans, especially in the physical beautification of the Awka Capital Territory.

There’s nowhere in the world you see everyone getting all their desires. The difference or benchmark is the ratio of people who are making it to their life aspirations in the total number of people in the state.

If the ratio is high, then there’s every cause for celebration and vice versa. This is why I think that Anambra should celebrate because more and more people are breaking away from the barriers of poverty, compared to what obtains in general Nigeria poverty index.

Those who think the state has so far not fared better are entitled to their opinions, but I think they miss the point.

My dream for Anambra is to see the state invest in siting more factories in the area of local technology for fabrication of foundry tools and mechanised farming.

Last time when I visited United States, my daughter brought yam flour which she said was on display at a shopping mall she frequents. I am also aware that Anambra has started exporting ugu, bitter leaf and other vegetables since the agricultural policies of Gov. Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano began to yield fruits. That’s why I believe that we can do more to harvest more if more investments are made in that sector.

In the next 10 years, I want to see other states in Nigeria coming to buy our agric products and foundry tools.

in the next 20 years, I want the state to bring in more people with local technology into factories where they can be empowered to apply their technical knowhow to solving problems through inventions.

In the next 50 years, I want Anambra to be earning more income form intellectual property and export of agricultural products and services than what is coming from federation account now.

To do this, I want government to provide the enabling environment by establishing mega technology villages in at least three cities in the three senatorial districts. (Obi Nwosu is the traditional, EzeUzu of Awka Kingdom and immediate past pro-chancellor, Usman Dan Fodio University (U.D.U), Sokoto, Sokoto State)

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