Anambra State has won an award as Top 5 Most Improved State In Nigeria in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index released in October 2018.
Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yomi Osinbajo presented the award to Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke at an event at the State House, Abuja on Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019.
The recognition is as a result of the reforms introduced by Governor Obiano with the aim of making it easy for businesses and investors to set up shop in Anambra State. The reforms include, but is not limited to the setting up of the Anambra State Investment Promotion And Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), the one-Stop shop for potential investors wishing to come into the state.
Dr. Nkem Okeke who spoke on behalf of Governor Willie Obiano expressed delight at the award. According to him, “Anambra is open for business. The Obiano administration in line with its pillars of economic development will always welcome genuine investors to Anambra, and also provide the enabling environment for such businesses to thrive”. Continuing, Dr. Okeke said that Anambra remains an attraction and favourite destination for trade and tourism, not only because of its vast natural resources but also its enterprising human capital, good road network, near 24-hour economy and also the large markets within Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi axis.
Mr Mark Okoye, formerly Executive Director at ANSIPPA and currently Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning In Anambra State was also honoured as ‘Reform Champion for Anambra State’ at the event. Showing his delight for the recognition, Mr Okoye said; “Big thanks to His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike Aguleri) for the opportunity to serve and his commitment to transform our dear state, my colleagues for their cooperation, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Cordinator of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (TPEBEC) and team for their guidance and support, and most importantly, my people at the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget whose support was instrumental to achieving this feat.
Continuing, Mr Okoye thanked his wife, family and friends for their prayers and words of encouragement.
Written By Uche Nworah.