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AfDB Assures SAPZ Project Creation of 200,000 Jobs in Anambra



By Praise Chinecherem

Agricultural Economist at African Development Bank (AFDB), Dr Chuma Ezedinma has said that the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone programme (SAPZ), will create jobs for over 200,000 residents in Anambra State.

Ezedinma made the disclosure at the meeting tagged Preparation Mission for the Development of the second phase of SPAZ programme in Anambra.

The meeting on the SPAZ-2 programme had officials from the Federal Ministries of Finance, Agriculture and Food Safety, AFDB and the Anambra State Government.

He said: “AFDB is very much interested in what is happening in the state because Anambra’s presentation on the SPAZ project is the best we have seen so far. It shows the state is ready to run.

“From what we have seen, about 450 hectres of land will be dedicated to the industrial site. We are looking at approximately 5000 farm families per zone. Multiply it by three zones, you have 15,000 farm families in the state.

“If you also add other secondary jobs that will be created in the park itself, you will see that we are creating real massive employment for more than 200,000 people over the next five years.

“The state government had already committed resources to put infrastructure in place and there is also a private sector interest to deliver this programme within a very short time.”

Also speaking, Dr Louis Enaberue, from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security commended Anambra state government for its preparedness for the phase two of SAPZ programme.

“What we saw in Anambra’s presentation shows they are ready for the phase two of SPAZ and I hope and pray they meet the grade.

“The state government is expected to pay 50 per cent counterpart fund, provide the land and other infrastructure for the project, and they are already working towards achieving them,” he said.

State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Forster Ihejiofor, said that the state’s Investment Promotion and Protection Agency and the Ministry of industry were working tirelessly to ensure SPAZ project is ready to go in Anambra.

“Clearly, we are ready because this project will transform agriculture in the state as it will increase farmers’ incomes, foster job creation and enhance food security in the state and country at large,” Ihejiofor said.

The delegation visited the three proposed sites for the SPAZ-2 project in Ayamelum, Ogboji in Orumba South and Ufuma in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state.

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