Afrexim Bank to build qual­ity cen­tre in Imo

The Punch - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Sa­muel Awoy­infa

The Imo State Gov­er­nor, Emeka Ihe­dioha, has pre­sented a Cer­tifi­cate of Oc­cu­pancy to the African Ex­port-im­port Bank for it to build a busi­ness hub, the Africa Qual­ity As­sur­ance Cen­tre in the state.

A state­ment is­sued by the Chief Press Sec­re­tary to the Gov­er­nor, Mr Chibuike Onyeukwu, on Tues­day in­di­cated that the gov­er­nor is­sued the cer­tifi­cate to the of­fi­cials of the bank led by its Pres­i­dent, Prof Bene­dict Oramah, at the Gov­ern­ment House, Ow­erri, on Mon­day.

Ihe­dioha while de­liv­er­ing the cer­tifi­cate dur­ing a cour­tesy call by the man­age­ment of the bank as­sured them that the state presently had a re­spon­si­ble lead­er­ship that was con­scious of the de­mands of the time.

he said that Imo State was home to busi­nesses and pos­si­bil­i­ties and was open to part­ner­ing prospec­tive in­vestors for the growth of the state.

The gov­er­nor along­side other top gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies led of­fi­cials of the Afrex­im­bank to the site where the cen­tre would be built at the Ngor Ok­pala Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area.

Ihe­dioha said the cen­tre would pro­vide cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and in­spec­tion ser­vices for var­i­ous ex­port prod­ucts.

He said, “The cen­tre which is the first of its kind in the en­tire South-east and South­south re­gions is an in­di­ca­tion of re­sponses of our in­vest­ment drive geared to­wards re­build­ing Imo State.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant leap in our ef­forts to ad­vance our state and make it a huge busi­ness hub and more im­por­tantly pro­vide employment op­por­tu­ni­ties and boost eco­nomic devel­op­ment for the state.

“The cen­tre is a re­flec­tion of the ef­forts of this ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­store con­fi­dence of in­vestors and devel­op­ment part­ners in Imo State as an in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion.”

Ihe­dioha who charged them on the com­mence­ment of work at the site ex­pressed the will­ing­ness of his ad­min­is­tra­tion to part­ner them in devel­op­ment of tourism po­ten­tial, entertainm­ent vil­lage, in­dus­trial park, dry port, and the rein­vig­o­ra­tion of Concord Ho­tel, among oth­ers.

He said, “We are in a hurry to max­imise our po­ten­tial as the state with the high­est lit­er­acy rate in the coun­try.

“Our gov­ern­ment is ready and will­ing to pro­vide the hu­man ca­pac­ity for any busi­ness and in­deed we shall pro­vide nec­es­sary sup­port for the busi­ness to thrive.”

Gov­er­nor Ihe­dioha had em­barked on a trade and in­vest­ment work­ing visit to the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the Afrexim Bank held in Moscow from June 20th- 22nd 2019.

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