Ebonyi govt signs agreement with Lagos computer villa, Silverbird

By Victor Nwegede

Tuesday, the Ebonyi state government under the watch of Governor David Nweze Umahi signed a business agreement with the businessmen from computer village, Lagos and Silverbird group of company. 

The agreement was signed during the Ebonyi State Business Summit held at Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, the state capital.

The state government signed the agreement with different business groups and investors to boost economy of the state and the country atlarge.

NATIONAL PANEL learnt that the agreement with Silverbird group would help the broadcast organization to establish a branch of its cinema in the state as the first in Southeast of the country.

The Computer Village Consortium led by the  President Computer Village Technology Merchants of Nigeria, Mr. Prince Tony commended the level of development recorded in the state. 

The summit honoured by the  President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo and Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe who united voice with Governor David Umahi to call on the southeast people to invest in the region, and emphasized the need for the zone to go into agriculture, describing it  as the best to go these days.

"Our people should come back home and invest. We should go into Agriculture and digital technology where the world is going to. We must turned our Igboland into Catalonia of Spain, into what Bayern is to Germany. If you go to Spain, you can’t go into business without Catalonia, if you go to Germany, you can’t do any business without Bayern.

“Onitsha and Aba markets in Anambra and Abia are almost coming to that. Here in Ebonyi, the Governor is almost turning the state into Bayern of Igboland because of the phenomenal growth the state has recorded under the present administration in the state," Nwodo said.

Governor Umahi during the event, said, the enabling environment created in the state would make businesses to thrive and investors to invest in the state.

Umahi unveiled that  24 Chinese have indicated interest to invest in the state and already got shops at the newly constructed shopping mall in the state which according to him, has  the capacity to employ over 25,000 unemployed youths.

Hear him: "In Ebonyi, we have a law and this law has tied our government up and down, that you will not be afraid of any investment. No government policy can affect any investment in Ebonyi state.

“Even the mall, even though we are renting the mall per month but the agreement we are signing for anybody taking the mall is for 99 years.

"Every five years, we look at the rate to review it. I will not be afraid to say that for Ebonyians who are born here, I will give them concession."

In a swift interaction, the former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Godwin Ogbaga, the Executive Chairman of Ebonyi LGA, Hon. Mrs. Chinyere Nwogbaga, a member of Ogbako-Ndigbo businessmen in Lagos State, Mr. Okechukwu Odielu and the state Commissioner for Commerce and industry, Prof. Ogbonnaya Chukwu applauded the initiative by the state governor, calling the indigenes and other Nigerians to join suit in enrolling into the innovative business system presently taking over the globe.

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