The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU) Abia State is on the threshold of becoming the largest research centre for the production of poultry products if the partnership brokered by a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, between a Chinese billionaire chicken farmer, Hus Yung Jiang, and the university is sealed.
While welcoming the Chinese farmer and his team at his country home in Igbere, Bende council area, Kalu said the farmer was worth $7.9billion and supplied chicken, vegetables, and fruits to fast food, restaurants and eateries in China, saying that if the partnership is sealed, he would replicate same in eastern part of the country.
The farmer’s visit to the former governor coincided with that of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Women Association (MOUAUWA) who came to solicit assistance from the Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation for the building of its skill acquisition center.
Kalu said that as a university of agriculture with bias on research, which he said was one of the requirements of the Chinese farmer for investing in the country, the university, Abia State and Nigeria would benefit from the investment.
The business mogul said he met the farmer when he “visited China 11 days ago and he promised to come to Nigeria. Now, he is here.” He told the farmer that 11 states in the old Eastern region would be a great business advantage to any investor saying that the only area with the kind of investment is Ibadan, in Oyo State.
Mr. Jiang, who spoke through an interpreter, said his initial reluctance to come Africa was because of not familiar with the region. He said that gave way when Kalu convinced him to bring the investment to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Kalu has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the just concluded Anambra State governorship election lost to a good candidate and therefore not likely to challenge the outcome in the court.
The business mogul said that Governor Willie Obiano should be grateful to a President Buhari who insisted that democratic ethos is maintained and even ordering the restoration of Obiano’s security aides which was withdrawn. He predicted that Governor Obiano would join APC.
Kalu said, “We congratulate Governor Willie Obiano. APC will not challenge the result because he won. Nobody will say Obiano rigged the election. He won free and fair.”
He disclosed that even some of the APC members from the south of the state worked against the party because they felt that if Obiano lost, it would affect their chances in the next election.
“When I saw the outcome I called Tony Nwoye to congratulate Obiano.”