Government plans to industrialise the state.
The Anambra Government on Tuesday said it had spent N6.9 billion on the ongoing Atani-Ozubulu road project.
The state governor, Peter Obi, disclosed this at the ground-breaking ceremony of the N8.5 billion Distell Beverages Plant at Ozubulu Industrial Estate in Ekwusigo Local Government Area.
Mr. Obi said that the amount already spent on the road project was part of the N12 billion cost of the contract, explaining that the road had three bridges.
He said that the road was intended to boost industrialisation in the state, adding that when completed, it would link Atani Industrial Harbour, near Onitsha, to the industrial estate in Ozubulu.
On Distell Plant, Mr. Obi said that the facility was another direct foreign investment attracted by his administration. He said that since the beginning of this year, the state government had attracted foreign investment valued at more than N30 billion.
He disclosed that Distell was a partnership between the government and a South African beverage firm, explaining that the state would provide 10 per cent of the total cost.
He noted that due to the government’s effort at providing infrastructure around the state, especially in the industrial estates, more multinational companies were concluding arrangements to invest in the state.
The governor urged Ozubulu community to cooperate with the company, warning that the government would not tolerate any form of distraction that would slow the pace of work on the project.
The Managing Director of the company, Richard Rushton, said that the company would commence construction of the plant as soon as all regulatory issues had been settled.
Mr. Rushton said the beverage that would be produced in the plant would include Cedars and “home-grown” brands.
He also said that the facility would create employment opportunities for indigenes of the state, adding that Anambra was chosen for investment by the company “because of government support and friendly environment”.