There was excitement in Enugu the Enugu capital when Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi unveiled the Audi motor company in the metropolis.
The event attracted top government functionaries and who is who in Enugu including the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, traditional rulers and clergymen.
Speaking at the occasion on Saturday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Audi Company Limited, Mr. Clem Ifezue commended Governor Ugwuanyi for his commitment and contributions in ensuring that businesses flourish in the state.
Ifezue disclosed that the business outfit, which offers services in power solution, automobile and engineering works, was established in the state following the outcome of the objective survey carried out by the company across the five states of the South East geo-political zone.
The Audi boss stated that all the indices towards the choice of state for the establishment of the company in the South East, in terms of security, peaceful atmosphere, human resources, historical background and centrality, favoured Enugu State.
He noted that the Enugu office was established to bring the company’s products closer to the final consumers who are dominant in the South East.
According to him, “locating where the company will be in the South East became a challenge. We looked at security of the states; the state with the best security.
We went further to look at the reports from the Nigeria Police. We looked again at the historical background of all the South East states. We also looked at the state that has created the best environment for businesses to thrive. We once again looked at the human resources, where we can have people that will be able to deliver our goals.
“In all the indices Enugu State came first. His Excellency (Ugwuanyi) we thank you for your commitment and all you have done to make business prosper in Enugu State”.
Also in his opening prayer, the Chaplain, Government House, Awka, Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Patrick Okafor stressed that “Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration has been able to provide the enabling environment for this industry to thrive”, and thanked the governor for his dedication to peace, development and business growth in Enugu State.
Unveiling the company, Governor Ugwuanyi expressed delight that the company has joined the growing number of businesses and investments that have birthed in Enugu State under his administration.
The governor stated that his administration has continued to serve as a business and investment enabler through the sustained provision of a friendly business and investment climate underpinned by robust infrastructure, peace, security, consistent and favourable policies, friendly tax regime and professional regulatory oversight.
According to him, “We go a step further by facilitating all bureaucratic processes required for starting and doing business through our One-Stop-Investment-Centre (OSIC) under the Enugu State Investment Development Authority (ESIDA).
Pointing out that many business and investment promoters have taken advantage of the opportunity provided by his administration by deciding on Enugu as a preferred destination in their location consideration, Gov. Ugwuanyi applauded the management of Audi Company Limited for the decision to locate their South- Eastern Business Hub in Enugu.
The governor therefore welcomed the company to Enugu and conveyed “the felicitations of the government and good people of Enugu State, as well as their expectation of your impactful presence in job creation, wealth creation and the state’s internal revenue”.