By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—ABIA State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has said that it takes only 24 hours for an interested investor to get a certificate of occupancy to any land in the state.
Ikpeazu, who stated this in Aba while receiving the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, said Abia remains the most investor friendly state, boasting of an industrial area strategically located with guaranteed power and access to neighbouring states.
The governor, who outlined some of the projects embarked upon by his administration, disclosed that the state has acquired a 9,000 hectare industrial layout with a certificate of occupancy which is available for investors interested in Aba.
He said, “We have acquired a 9,000 hectare land with C of O, if you want an industry today; I have a place, within 24 hours, I will give you the C of O of that place. There is a gas pipeline around there to generate energy. The place is 30 minutes to Port Harcourt, 45 minutes to Ikot Ekpene and less than an hour to Owerri. It is a strategically located industrial area; we are prepared to do everything to ensure we have about 10 Chinese companies that are coming as anchors, including the 1.5m Dollars shoe factory.”
He further commended the performance of members of the House of Representatives from the State for attracting projects to their constituencies and explained that former members of the House of Representatives, Eziuche Ubani and Uzo Azubuike, who are now serving Commissioners for Works and Agriculture, respectively, have performed excellently.
Earlier, the Speaker had informed Gov. Ikpeazu that he was in Aba to commission some projects attracted to the city by the House of Representatives member representing Aba North/Aba South federal constituency, Mr. Ossy Prestige.