From Pamela Eboh, Awka
The Anambra State Commissioner for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Dr. Christian Madubuko, weekend said that Chinese Embassy in Nigeria will soon open consular office in Awka, the state capital.
He said the effort is aimed at easing the stress and cost of obtaining Chinese visa by traders in the state and by extension, the South East at large.
Madubuko disclosed this in Onitsha while addressing traders during his ongoing visit to the markets in the state saying that a consular office in the state will reduce the stress of going to Lagos or Abuja to obtain Chinese visa.
According to him, the state Governor Willie Obiano and the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria struck the deal when he visited the governor, in Awka, recently.
The commissioner said added, “The consular office in Awka would equally reduce the cost of procuring Chinese visa for Anambra traders.
“This is one of the manifestation of governor Obiano’s commitment to improving the welfare of traders in the state.”
While restating state government’s resolve to flush out touts who engage in illegal collection of revenues. Madubuko threatened to sack any market leader who allows extortion and illegal revenue collection to thrive in their markets.
He said, “We can corrupt angels in Nigeria.”
“Any trader or leaders that steal government money would not be allowed to go scot-free.”
Recall that three illegal revenue collectors were last week arrested by the Commissiomer and some security officers in Onitsha area of the state after seventy was previously arrested not long ago.