Connect with us

General news

Anambra@28: APGA Chieftain identifies land holding systerm as impediment to industrialisation

Published

on

Chief Jude Emecheta, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has identified people’s strong attachment to their ancestral lands as a major challenge to industrialisation potential of the state.

Emecheta said this while speaking to newsmen in Awka on Wednesday on the journey so far of Anambra statehood in 28 years.

He said though the ideals of the founding fathers of the present Anambra had yet to be fully actualised, the state was on the right track towards achieving them.

“But looking back to the former Anambra State and now, there has been a great difference, however, some of us are still emotionally attached to Enugu because it is still the heart of the South-East.

“So far, it has been so good, the state is still relatively young but is still waxing stronger, though it is not yet `Eldorado’, I must say that the goals of the founding fathers are being realised gradually.

“A major challenge to the pace of industrialisation is the strong attachment our people have to land. Acquiring land now is much difficult unlike when we were together with Enugu that government could easily map out land for development.

“Government now gets land for industrial cluster and agriculture with serious difficulty, so the pace is not as fast as it should be, you cannot develop an industry with this type of mindset.

“There was a time government wanted to open Awka but the people resisted, saying it is their ancestral home, tell them to provide land, they begin to ask for outrageous compensation,” he said.

Emecheta, also the Managing Director of Anambra Signage and Advertising Agency (ANSAA), described Gov. Willie Obiano as a man with lofty vision, adding that Anambra needed leaders like him to take it to the “Promised Land”.

He also blamed the observed lapses on bad macro-economic situation of the country.

“I cannot compare Anambra with any other state because the demography, the landscape, the topology, general environment and even leadership is different.

“Gov. Obiano is man a with great vision for Anambra, he has ensured conducive environment for economic prosperity for the state by ensuring that there is security for residents to carry out their lawful businesses.

“Anambra is an emerging industrial state and the government is leveraging on its commercial status.

“The Anambra of my dream is that the vision of Obiano comes to fruition with a cargo airport, a number of industrial clusters, gas from Orient Petroleum for industrial and domestic energy,” he said.

Patrick Anaso: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

Contact US: editor @nnn.com.ng, nnnnews247 @gmail.com

YouTube blocks accounts linked to extremist Identitarian movement Environmentalist ticks out govt. for inability to enforce environmental policies Gov. Okowa, family test negative for Coronavirus – Official Coronavirus: Jigawa Govt. offers tax holiday to SMEs FRSC warns park operators, commuters against violating Coronavirus protocols Coronavirus: Bauchi parents engage their wards in online training to check idleness Coronavirus: Specialist hospital commends union for suspending strike Palestinian baby with heart problems dies after contracting Coronavirus Coronavirus:  Niger Govt. warns residents against flouting directives FUT Minna ASUU holds virtual workshops, seeks more funds for education Farmer, 29, remanded for alleged armed robbery Court remands carpenter for allegedly robbing a Magistrate Rotary club president pledges more services to humanity Coronavirus remains number one public enemy – WHO Nigeria’s bourse simplifies capital market investment with comic book Ondo 2020: Group wants political parties to pick Ilaje indigene as governorship candidates Logger in court for allegedly cheating businessman of N14m Facebook selects 12 African community leaders for accelerator programme FRSC seeks Police, Civil Defense collaboration in Bayelsa Bureau tasks MDAs on financial discipline, accountability in Nasarawa Accident claims 2 lives on Lagos-Ibadan expressway  Commission donates relief materials to IDPs, vulnerable persons in Plateau NGO distributes food items, stoves to vulnerable households in Kaduna Adamawa Sexual Referral Centre urges parents to report cases of GBV Steer clear of Ogun LG elections, Students warn corrupt politicians Supreme Court strikes out suit against Virtual hearing Third Mainland Bridge closure: LASWA partners LASEMA, LSSC to ensure safe waterways NCWS celebrates Shoda at 70 Bayelsa govt. inaugurates committee on LG minimum wage Bauchi govt. upgrades child birth units, renovates health centres Police arrest another couple for causing grievous harm to daughter in Enugu Major shake-up in Nigerian Army as 37 Generals redeployed Ondo 2020: PDP constitutes LG Congress Committee for primaries   Nigeria inaugurates 2nd Voluntary Review Report on SDGs Oyo State records highest daily figure of Coronavirus infections Lagos Govt urges striking doctors to return to work Osun records 17 new Coronavirus cases CBN moves to ban importation of maize Nigeria records 595 new cases of Coronavirus, total jumps to 33,153 Coronavirus: Osun govt. eases lockdown in 4 LGAs Merkel criticizes Chinese involvement in Hong Kong – but wants to keep talking Soaring Florida coronavirus cases cast shadow over tourism, Disney Private sector investment, key to reducing govt’s financial burden – Adebayo Coronavirus: ThisDay Dome Treatment Centre now testing centre Coronavirus: Edo expresses happiness over remarkable success in patients’ management Indoor airborne spread of Coronavirus possible – NCDC warns UNGA president blames rising hunger on flawed food systems Lagos NAWOJ organises free virtual skill acquisition trainings for female journalists Coronavirus: PTF conducts mid-term review of national response strategy Buhari approves new boards for NLNG, BGT