By Deji Abdulwahab
Sen. Chris Adighije has described the groundbreaking of Abia Industrial Innovation Park (AIIP) initiated by the state government as a double feat with multiple benefits for the state, country and West Africa at large.
Adighije, who said this in a statement in Abuja, said the initiative of Gov. Alex Otti’s administration was a blessing.
According to him, the park will create immense job opportunities for the people, shore up government’s revenue and attract foreign investments.
“To birth an idea of an AIIP is novel, and a double feat with multiple benefits, not only for the state, but for the country, the West African subregion and the Continent at large.
“To start with, the idea is long overdue to help harness the state’s innovative and industrial drives into a systemic corridor that can be monitored and invested into, in a more scientific way.
“The AIIP, as is currently designed and projected, will create immense job opportunities for the people of the state, and for other Nigerians as well, while also shoring up the government’s internally generated revenue (IGR).”
According to him, it will also attract foreign investments from other places within and outside Nigeria, as it would also in turn, create a better export net for products from Aba, and/or, other parts of the state.
“As products from the AIIP travel to other places on the continent, and even outside Africa, the economy of scale resulting from this would further improve Per Capital Income of individuals and households.
“It will allow for increase in taxes cum government income,” Adighije said.
He congratulated the governor and people of the State for recording the monumental achievement.
He stated that since May 29, 2023 when Gov. Otti was sworn in, the issues and discussions of governance in Abia State had taken a positive dimension in the areas of education, Infrastructural development, security, economy and others.
“I join the government and people of Abia to celebrate this onerous feat of positioning our Dear State on the World map.
“For long Abia State has been the darling of commerce and technological innovations that has endeared it to people and places beyond the shores of Nigeria.
“Products from Aba have traveled to Bamali in Mali, Dakar in Senegal, Aswan in Egypt, Ashanti in Ghana, to list a few places in Africa.
“In Europe, Madrid in Spain, London in UK, Oslo in Norway, Heidelberg in Germany, just as Kyoto in Asia’s Japan, Sydney in Australia, among others, all bear testimonies of the ingenuity of people in Abia State.
“Such words as “Aba Made” is a common cliche among Nigerians, whether it is spoken with patriotism or otherwise,” he said. (NAN)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola