Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has declared that his state cannot be counted as one of the poor states in Africa, having been blessed with human and material resources and fertile land which gave it great potentials for industry to thrive.
Addressing a gathering of top industrialists and business moguls at a trade and investment forum at the Imo Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Owerri capital of the state, the governor announced that Imo is open to the whole world to come in and invest. Owelle Okorocha said that his government is on a new page of development to make Imo better.
“It is my dream to change the whole economic equation of Imo State and I have no alternative than to make Imo better than I met it,” he said.
The governor, who noted that his overseas trips had started yielding dividends, disclosed that the first set of investors have arrived the state.
Okorocha, noted for his slogan of “Industry, industry, industry, factory, factory, factory, job, job, job” in his second term which began three months ago, said that it was necessary to turn around the economy of the state to engage the youths in income-earning so that sanity, order, peace and respect for culture and tradition would prevail.
Owelle assured that his administration believes in the basic freedom of private enterprise and restated its commitment to fostering an investment-friendly environment in the state.
Earlier, in his speech, Chief Rex Anunobi, the chairman of Trade and Investment Committee, organizers of the forum on behalf of government, said that the essence of the programme was to explore business opportunities in the state in furtherance of the state’s industrialization quest.
He advised investors to make adequate use of the opportunities and invest in Imo.
Present at the forum include a Senator and Industralist from Maryland, USA, Senator Charles Anthony Muse, who assured the Governor of the commitment of industralists from United States in accomplishing the industralisation programme, the Vietnamese Investment Consortium that promised to triple the Imo Palm Plantation production capacity, a South African team that intends to build community power plants to supply electricity to communities, a group from India proposing a vehicle assembly plant in the state and another South African team to provide expert security in the state.
Others are a group from South Korea to develop the Oguta Blue lake of Treasure and investors from China and Turkey.