Our plan, with smart goals, is based on a deep knowledge of the challenges and a realistic assessment of what we can achieve in Anambra state especially in the context of the current and emerging national opportunities and threats. They are not the usual political promises. The Plan is carefully thought through and costed, and we will aggressively work to mobilize the required resources. Our word is our bond: we expect to exceed the targets in the Plan. To keep it simple, the various initiatives in our plan are grouped into four major pillars as follows:
Economic Transformation Leapfrogging Anambra as an Industrial Hub
Anambra has the second highest population density after Lagos and is noarly fully urbanized. Jobs for the urban population will come mostly from industries and the service sector, including borderless ICT-onabled jobs. Our number one priority is job creation. With a doproolating naira against major curroncios, there are opportunities for exports and honce export-oriented indus trialization. Anambra Stato will be positioned to attract industrios to take the first mover advantages while also exploiting the scale econo mios of a rolatively big domes tic market (over 210 million poople and $400 billion ocon omy). Anambra should be the base to sorvo Africa and the world. We will loverage the entrepre nourial and community spirit of Ndi Anambra to create 0 more industrialized economy, This will be enabled by con stant power supply, guaran tood socurity, officient transport infrastructure, aggressive investment drive, technology, and funded. through innovative partner ships.
We plan to attract 2,000 small, medium and largo industrios across the various industrial parks/clustors we will set up in the state. Medium and small businesses typically employ up to 80% of Nigoria’s workforce and account for 50% of national GDP. Our economic plan for Anambra specifically targets growing these companies to accelerate job creation, including mobilizing public and privato capital to develop Industrial Parks catering to various categories of indus tries. The specifics of the plan are as follows: State Industrial Parks and Clusters Contros of Excellence”, result ing in a clustering of shared idoas, modern infrastructuro (roads, uninterrupted power supply, wator, otc), servicos, personnel, etc, to expedite our oconomic growth. Our vision is that over time, such parks will onsure that more than 80% of value added occurs within tho bordors of Anambra Stato (Lo our “Made in Anambra” initia tivo).
1) We will designate new locations as Industrial Technology Parks Akwaihedi, Awka environs including parts of Orumba, Ozubulu, Anaku, Awka, etc), in addition to the existing clusters in Nnewi, Onitsha/Ogbaru;etc.The Government will set aside at least 2,000 hectares of land for said parks in the first instance, and provide key infrastructure (roads,water, electricity, etc.), or facilitate the provision of such infrastructure via Public-PrivatePartnerships (PPPs), where applicable.
We will actively seek out and encourage innovative companies to make our Industrial
Clusters their home while bringing down their production costs and measurably improving
on the ease of doing business (EoDB).
2)We estimate over 2,000 new medium to large businesses will be incubated withinthese Industrial Areas within the lifetime of the administration.
3)We will continue to harmonise tax and levy demands, and seek tax-free/export free zone status for our designated industrial clusters, and reduce any red tape that hampers business efficiency.
4)We will also deepen our engagement with enterprises within our industrial clusters to expedite production of export goods and services, and pioneer new trade routes and trade partners.
5)Facilitate Public-private partnerships for large and strategic industries such as textile,iron and steel, aluminium, etc, for investment in the State.
The goal is to make Anambra the digital and creative capital of Nigeria. This will be achieved by investing in relevant infrastructure, facilitating programmes for digital skill development to boost innovation, create jobs, encourage entrepreneur ship, enhance social development, and achieve eco nomic transformation by fostering growth in the technology and creative ecosystem.
The digital skills development will harness the pool of talent of Anambra’s youth and equip them with technology and creative skills to increase their employability, foster innovation in both ecosystems, and support the emergence of more entrepreneurs.
Our major goal here is to redefine youth empowerment and philanthropy beyond immediate consumption to a more productive and impactful programme. The focus is multi-varied skill acquisition (especially digital), investments and grants to start-ups focused on disruptive new business models. In the multi-tasking world, our target is one youth to 2-3 scalable skills.
Government, working with the private sector and development partners, will invest mainly in digital, entrepreneur ship, vocational, and management training programs and innovative tech-enabled ideas in the “new economy” with a view to providing wealth creating opportunities for youths and boosting eco nomic activity in the State.
Embark on an ambitious digital skills acquisition and empowerment program that will train and support up to 10,000 youths annually. With high intensive short term training thousands of Ndi Anambra youths can start working and earning income across borders from the comfort of their homes in Anambra
Establish a business incubation hub and a N5 billion Venture Capital Fund to incubate and provide additional growth capital for the most promising start-ups and ventures, either by way of grants or direct investments
Funding shall be focused (mainly but not exclusively) on youths with technology and innovation driven enterprises, mentoring and coaching. The target is to create a DIGITAL TRIBE of Problem Solvers, Innovators, Inventors and Job creators whilst facilitating early stage entrepreneurship Across to infrastructure plays a crucial part in providing youths with digital learning both online and onsite loaming As a result, we will work with telecommunication companies and internet service providers to ensure total last-mile connectivity to enable digital looming in Anambra State, and to provide cheap (and ultimately free) W-Fi hotspots in public places for the staff of the State emersion into the digital age.
The creative industry will play a major role in mediating the digital transformation planned for the State. Anambra has a pool of creative thinkers, innovators and problemsolvers but scattered all over the world. Government will take deliberate steps to encourage a critical mass development of this sector within the state especially in the areas of fashion. film and video, design, music, visual and performing arts, crafts, etc. Government will resuscitate and empower the Creative Economy Council to drive innovation and partnerships to grow the industry in the state.
Our goal is to develop Africa’s largest, safe and accessible entertainment-leisure resort-the African equivalent of the Disney World. We envision a 1,000- 2000 hectares world that will showcase a blend of rich Anambra- Nigerian African and international culture, entertainment, and leisure. This will metamorphose into the dream Anambra Dubai leisure. People will be able to come to Anambra for their family holidays and leisure from all over Africa and beyond.
It will also turn Anambra into the Hollywood of Nigeria. This is expected to attract millions of visitors per annum to Anambra, with the huge linkages to the local economy as well as government revenue.
In addition, our administration will give considerable emphasis to culture as Anambra has a rich cultural heritage. We will work with our traditional rulers to come up with a schedule of events of major cultural and tourist events at various periods in the year. We will identify and promote major heritage sites across the state.
We will also:
Reactivate all inactive tourist sites and work with other independent travel tours to ensure they meet the international standards for travel destinations. For example, tourist attractions such as the Ogbunike Cave, Odinani Museum at Nri, Ogba Ukwu Cave and Waterfall, Owerre Ezukala and other similar sites will be fully developed in collaboration with the private sector to serve the business and leisure needs of our people and national and international tourists.
Organize special Cultural/Historical Festivals/canivals to bring the world to Anambra, and which could also motivate the Diaspora community to visit home on such occasions.
Anambra’s economy is dominated by trade and commerce especially informal trading activities. Indeed, Onitsha was once reputed as the largest market in West Africa. Times have changed. The future of trade and commerce will be largely driven by aggregation, ware housing, and e-commerce (Internet of things). We won’t let our people be left behind, and therefore must proactively prepare them for that future. We will partner with reputable business schools and consultants to develop s t r u c t u r e d t r a i n-i n g / m e n t o r s h i p programmes on the business models/opportunities of the future, and deploy multi-media, including mobile ICT, to give our traders (especially the apprentices-“Umuboy”) scalable skills and keep them ahead of the changing times.
In addition, our government will:
Actively and continuously engage with the Federal Agencies (security and customs) to end the extortion and harassment of our traders as they transport their goods along the roads, especially between Lagos and Anambra. Customs and security agencies should do their job at the ports and not along the highways .Work with the Federal Government to find alternative and faster mechanisms to complete critical federal highways that currently impede inter-state commerce with Anambra. For example, urgently complete the rehabilitation of Onitsha-Enugu road; dualize the Anambra West- Kogi road; build and dualize the Ogbaru- Rivers state road; rehabilitate the Onitsha -Owerri road, etc. These will re-establish easy access to Anambra as a trading hub .
A new department of ANSIPPA (Import -to- Export Department) will specifically assist our traders to forge durable and profitable partnerships with their overseas partners. For example, ANSIPPA will assist with legal services, advice, structuring of deals, and facilitating partnership with their foreign partners to come and set up local manufacturing plants with government support. Our job is to help our traders especially the importers to grow big and ultimately transit into manufacturing and exporting .
Complete the Awka and Nnewi shopping malls .
Upgrade and modernize existing markets for the future by ensuring minimum standards such as parking spaces, conveniences, firefighting facilities, waste disposal and hygiene, access to Wi-Fi (internet). health centres, etc .
Re-invent and strengthen the lgbo apprentice system, consistent with the evolving business models of the future by offering mobile education system on business management skills and global business opportunities and models to the traders. Furthermore, we will work with the legislature and key stakeholders to provide a legal framework for the system in order to safeguard the rights and obligations of both the apprentice (“nwaboy”) and the boss (“oga”);
Standardize and control the quality of made in Anambra State products (Best-inclass) through extra product certification. In addition to certification by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), Anambra will give extra quality assurance such that any product with the signature of “Made in Anambra” will carry the imprimatur of best-in-its class;
Facilitate investment in warehousing and logistics to enable trade and commerce in the State;
Encourage and support the private sector to develop and implement on line trading and onestop-shop e-commerce and shopping sites to complement and enhance the operations of the traditional brick and mortar markets; and Ban the illegal collection of taxes and levies in the markets.
Thus, when elected to office, we will:
Continue to support cluster farming operations across the three senatorial zones on a comparative crop advantage basis, through the empowerment of women and youth under the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS) and Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS) programmes
Sustain the collaboration with development partners ( Central Bank of Nigeria, the World Bank,the European Union, NAIRSAL, etc.) to support increased farming activities, land development, and improved access to financing.
Continue the out-grower arrangements to support smallholder farmers through the supply of subsidized inputs Continue to provide support to the farmers in terms of educating them on improved production techniques, the use of technology where applicable, and general business knowledge and advisory to help them grow their farming businesses.
In addition, there will be a disruptive change which will engineer a return to the glorious past through a revolution in palm produce. Palm produce and the associated agro processing industries will create jobs and prosperity for hundreds of thousands of farmers/households. The government will procure and distribute one million high yielding palm seedlings to 100,000 farmers/households per annum (10 seedlings each per annum), and over a four-year period, each will have at least 40 seedlings of high-yielding varieties which start fruiting in 2-4 years. It is estimated that a poor household with 30-40 seedlings of such high-yielding palm trees will escape poverty. This will be a major empowerment program for at least 100,000 farmers/households, plus the thousands of jobs in the palm processing industries that will emerge as at least 10 million new palm trees are added to the wealth stock over a 10-year period.
Investments will be made in research to invent improved varieties and accelerate the mass production of endangered lgbo -specific products such as ukwa, efi lgbo, okuko lgbo, okpa, ogili, uda, uziza, utazi, etc.
In addition to rice, yam, cassava, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, etc, the Government will encourage the cultivation and consumption of fruits and vegetables to support healthy lifestyle change as well as for exports.
The Government will also strongly support agro-processing in Anambra State.
The solid minerals sector is both an opportunity and a threat in Anambra state. Anambra state has large deposits of bauxite, ceramic, onine, clay, bentoline, white sharp sand, etc. Properly harnessed, these can create jobs, earn revenues for both the state and federal government as well as foreign exchange. But the indiscriminate illegal and artisanal mining activities around the state create massive erosion and other environmental threats.
The Nigerian Minerals Mining Act provides for partnership between the federal and state government on exploration of solid minerals. Our government will actively work with the Federal Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Mines and Steels Development to bring order to the sector in Anambra State. The target is to structure and formalize mining activities in the state to maximize job creation, revenues to FGN and state government as well as preserve the environment. In addition, government will:
Deploy a Centralised e-GIS Web portal with supporting ICT Infrastructure, a portal for real-time information on mining activities, and electronic submission of licenses, permits, and certificates; and Actively promote value-adding, mineral processing industries in the state for additional job creation.
The petroleum industry estimates, currently puts the hydrocarbon potential of the Anambra basin at l billion barrels of crude oil and 30 trillion cubic feet of natura gas. While it is true that crude oil is declining as a strategic resource to the world economy due to the increasing availability of alternative sources of clean energy, gas is however regarded as a source of clean energy.
Continue to work with Federal agencies and private investors to rapidly develop the oil and gas resources of the State, especially now that Anambra has been officially listed as an oil-producing state. We expect considerable business and employment opportunities from this development. Our administration will work closely with our people to harness the opportunities under the Petroleum Industry Act that has created a frontier and host communities’ fund.
There are several critical enablers to power the economic transformation agenda, including: healthy and educated human capital, a developmental entrepreneurial state, guaranteed rule of law and property rights as well as timely dispensation of justice, a clean, livable and sustainable environment, effective development partnerships, etc and we elaborate on them later on in other Sections. We briefly elaborate on three critical ones as follows: security of life and property, efficient transportation system, and delivery of cheap and reliable electricity.
The security of life and property will continue to be the number one priority of our government.
Continue and strengthen the current security architecture of the State and deepen dialogue and collaborate with critical stakeholders in the security space to ensure that Anambra continues to remain the safest state in Nigeria.
Have a zero-tolerance for cultism, harassment, and extortion of citizens in the market and roads of Anambra.
Support law enforcement agencies in the state with infrastructure, surveillance, and communications tools to enhance their capacity to safeguard lives and property.
Reinforce the capability of the existing security system through employment and equipment of more personnel, training and retraining of vigilante officers to improve their effectiveness.
Partner with security agencies towards the eradication of violence, crimes, drug usage, fraud, and all deviant behaviors
Amend and implement Anambra State
Security Trust Fund Law, 2010 and amendment Law, 2018 to mobilize and deploy funds towards the procurement of necessary equipment and training of personnel involved in providing security in the state.
Work with the Federal Government on state security and provision of adequate logistics and material support to security agencies in the state.
Build on and expand the efforts of the ‘Light Up Anambra’ program through solar power, gas to power, and other environment-friendly sources.
Formulate and implement policies to promote harmonious coexistence to ensure that residents are free to live and work as they wish in any part of the state irrespective of state of origin or religion.
Provide support to traditional rulers and presidents-general to give them enhanced roles in maintaining peace and security in their communities
Road and Transportation
Anambra state has made commendable progress in road construction from about 375 tarred roads in 2006 to about 3,3 60 tarred roads by 2017, for which we commend past administrations. We will expand upon these efforts by modernizing/maintaing existing roads, connecting more communities with new roads, flyovers and spurs, and bridges. In particular, we shall insist on very durable roads and explore alternative business models, including concessioning, to deliver more and better roads. Road congestion and long hours on traffic jams are debilitating and a huge cost on productivity. Our target is to ultimately reduce the maximum waiting time at any of the terrible locations from hours to a maximum of 20minutes.
Thus, if elected to office, we will
Deploy alternative models/Technology of building durable roads in collaboration with the Private Sector.
Have zero tolerance for waste and poor quality in infrastructure delivery. Consequently, whore any road/ infrastructure fails before the expected lifespan as designed, both the contractor and the public official that certified the project will be held accountable and sanctioned.
Construct overhead bridges (flyovers) in strategic locations such as Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka, Ekwulobia, Nkpor, Nnobi, etc. that will decongost traffic and provide a better transport experience.
Explore options of a light rail and cable transport system taking into consideration the transport master plan to be developed by the state.
Partner with companies under the Road Infrastructure tax credit to build
roads in Anambra under a PPP structure.
Invest in social transport schemes for urban mass transport for the poor and vulnerable/subsidized transport.
Invest in transportation targeting those living in the riverine areas.
Improve the Inter and intra community road networks.
Carry out enlightenment campaigns for drivers and certify them periodically as well as strictly enforce the road usage regulations.
We will crack the nuts on power to achieve a 20-24 hour uninterrupted power supply in Anambra State.
Thus, if elected to office, we will Constantly work with the relevant agencies of govt and the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to improve electricity supply through increased investment in electricity infrastructure in the state. A few billions of Naira investment to modernize a few strategic transmission lines. realign connections and transformers, etc will give fast quick wins to provide up to 18 hours of electricity in key locations.
Work with the Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and private sector investors to provide electricity generation through a combination of captive, embedded, and off-grid generation for the use of businesses in Anambra state.
Encourage private investors to explore renewable energy sources such as solar in expanding our energy mix.
Invest in gas infrastructure such as piping to designated locations to provide power to the state.
Gas is critical to industrial development. Anambra has boon identified as one of the pilot states.
Most industries in the Southeast, however, are not supplied with natural gas from government-owned natural gas pipelines. They are supplied with gas via compressed gas trucks from western Nigeria, while we have abundant gas deposits in the South east. This is not a sustainable way of supplying energy for industrial development.
Therefore, we will:
Collaborate with other governors of the Southeast to ensure that the Federal Government extends natural gas pipeline to the area.
Support the gas to power plants such as the Ibeto and Nestoil plants to provide gas powered electricity.