Ebonyi State Government yesterday inaugurated a- 71man implementation committee for cement production in the state. The committee is headed by the former Minister of State for Health,Engr. Fidel Nwankwo.
Speaking at the occasion,which took pace at Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr.Eric Kelechi Igwe said the committee, made up of galaxy of eminent Eboyians were chosen because government has implicit confidence in their ability to deliver.
Dr. Igwe announced that their assignment started immediately after their inauguration and that they have to conclude by 31st of November,2015 and that the sum of N5million has been approved to enable them function well. He said their assignment include among other things, to dialogue with the investor, Ibeto Group of companies, to ensure that the interest of the people of Ebonyi are not short- changed. He warned saying“if we are short changed, we say to Ebonyi people you are the one that failed us, so we trust you”.
He said the responsibility of Government are enormous and that Government has carefully selected the proven men of timber and caliber, from the House of Assembly, the Executive class, the Traditional Rulers , Local government leaders, Clergymen because of their ability, competence and commitment. He told them to be mindful of the that they are dealing with experienced businessmen and therefore urged them to place their negotiations on table especially as it involved the interest of the 8 lime stone communities. He noted that if Nigercem kick starts again, it would put food on the table of Eboyians, as well as increase internally generated revenue to the state.
-Wilfred Chimeremeze, Abakaliki