The All Progressives Grand Alliance gubernatorial candidate, Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo has assured traders in Onitsha, Anambra State that he would ensure the commercial city retained its premier position as the international trading hub in Africa if voted as Governor of the State.
He also promised to create 130,000 jobs every year for the youths to get them fully engaged, adding that he would equally create 1,000 youth millionaires every year to further drive job creations and economic boom in the state.
Soludo gave this assurance while speaking to about 27 Union Markets at the Onitsha Head Bridge Market at their monthly worship service.
He promised to set aside a N5 billion as start-up business capital for young entrepreneurs to engage in business in the state asserting that his major job will be to promote made-in-Anambra goods and services.
He said, “I will be the chief marketing officer of made-in-Anambra goods and services as a way of promoting businesses and boosting our State economy.
“Anambra is going to be the digital tribe in Nigeria. You must get yourself enmassed into the world of tomorrow.
“The issue of electricity will be tackled headlong to enhance the traders business, while the revival of the Onitsha port will be taken up. I’ll also liaise with relevant government agencies to address the issue of Customs encumbrances in freighting goods to the South East.
“My greatest desire is to encourage manufacturers from China and other parts of the world where the traders go to buy their goods to set up their manufacturing plants in the State. This will reverse the business strategy from being an importing to an exportating State.”
Soludo who began his speech by observing a one-minute silence in memory of late Dr Chike Akunyili and others who lost their lives recently thanked the traders and their leadership for the warm reception accorded him
He was received at the occasion by Chief Sunday Obinze, President-General Head Bridge Market, before delving into giving a recap of his career as iterinant Scholar consulting for more than 20 organisations and financial institutions across the globe before coming home to serve the nation in various capacities under President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He also promised to digitalize their business by providing almost free wi-fi Internet connectivity to enhance their business activities. This he said will be achieved by working with telecom providers in the country.
Soludo also told the traders that the incessant harassment from police, customs and Agberos will be addressed. He assured that all illegal taxes will be cancelled saying technology will be deployed as a better option to collect taxes.
He reaffirmed that Onitsha will be modernised, cleaned up and made green assuring that he will work extremely hard in delivering these promises to the people
Pastor Peter Onuorah who preached at the monthly devotion service called on the people to be conscious of their actions. The clergyman said it is only righteousness that exalts a nation saying everyone will one day stand before God to give account of his deeds while here on earth. He therefore called on the congregation to always show love to one another.
Commissioner for Trade and Commerce,
Hon. Uche Okafor, urged the people to vote for Soludo because he has the experience and training to turn Anambra State around for the better.
Other dignitaries at the occasion include: Hon Emeka Asoanya (war machine) Chairman of Onitsha South LGA, Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu, President General of ASMATA among others.