Former Economic Adviser to former President Jonathan, Prof Osita Ogbu
Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Determined to drive the state to economic prosperity as well as attract investors to help boost the state’s business potential, Enugu state government has commenced plans for the organisation of a three-day Investment Summit billed for April 12 -14 this year.
This came as the government equally identified about 17 moribund industries for revitalisation.
Briefing newsmen at the Government House, recently, the Director-General of the Enugu State Investment Summit, Mr. Ike Chioke said the investment summit had become imperative in view of the need to shore up the state’s dwindling revenue, provide job opportunities for the teeming unemployment people as well as take the economy of the state to the next level.
He said the summit would target both strategic and financial investors that understand the key sectoral focus of the state which he said include Solid Minerals and Mining, Power generation and Distribution, Agriculture and Agri-processing, Tourism and hospitality and Health Tourism Development.
Other areas he identified are Transportation, Aviation and Railway, ICT, Media and Entertainment, Free Trade Zone, Manufacturing and Industrial Parks, Real Estate and finally Tertiary Education Department.
Chioke who was accompanied to the briefing by some members of the State’s Economic Advisory Committee including Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Sam Ogbu-Nwobodo, his Special Duties/Inter-Governmental Affairs counterpart, Rita Mbah, a former Economic Adviser to former president, Prof Osita Ogbu and the Executive Secretary of the State Economic Planning Commission, Dan Onyeishi said participants at the summit will appraise sectors of interest to them as well as understand the state’s strategic direction regarding those sectors.
He noted that the state was open for business stressing that the sectors that have been selected for investment focus would go a long way in taking the state to the next level. For instance, he said in the tourism sector, the state has plans to revive the moribund Presidential and Ikenga hotels, adding that the state would also take advantage of the International Airport to host important conferences.
In the area of health tourism, he said by the time the state’s Diagnostic centre was properly completed and become functional, other states would even take advantage of it and by so doing reduce frequent overseas trip for medically related activities.
Chioke said the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) had elected to support the event, while also expecting other development partners to buy into the project.