Amember of the Abia State House of Assembly, Ifeanyi Uchendu, has appealed to the state government to reposition the tourism industry to generate revenue for the state.
Uchendu, representing Ohafia South State Constituency, made the appeal at the 2016 Pan Ohafia New Yam Festival, tagged, “Ekpe Ohamo Oha” at Achichi Ohafia (Square), Elu Ohafia in Ohafia Local Government Area, which he sponsored. The lawmaker said this had become imperative as governments across the country had been diversifying their economies to expand their revenue base following a reduction in their statutory allocations from the Federation Account.
We refuse to give out our lands to foreign investors. Government should return our lands to us
Uchendu, who is also the chairman of the House committee on Lands and Survey, assured that he would continue to offer quality representation to the constituency and add innovations to future occasions of the event. In his address, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu commended the people for show-casing, “such rich cultural heritage, which could be transformed to tourism industry in line with our moves to diversify our economy.”
Represented by Chief George Nnanna Kalu, the governor, who was honoured with the chieftaincy title of Ochi Oha 1 of Ohafia, pledged to remain focused in addressing the challenges facing the state.