The Imo State government has announced plans to revive three moribund industries established thirty-three years ago by Chief Sam Mbakwe, the first civilian governor of the state.
According to Mrs. Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro, the state commissioner for industry and non-formal sector, the industries to be revived are Resin Paint Industry, Aboh Mbaise; Avutu Poultry, Obowo; and Paper Packaging Industry, Owere Ebiri Orlu.
In a statement signed by Mr Kennedy Amanze, the public relations officer of the ministry in Owerri, the ministry disclosed that it has already contacted the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) on the matter. It said that successive administrations in Imo were unable to manage the industries established by the Mbakwe administration.
“Governor Rochas Okorocha’s aim of reviving these industries is to enhance the economic development of Imo,” read a part of the statement, which also quoted the commissioner as saying that the motive of the state in reviving the moribund industries is to create employment in the state, as well as to check the involvement of youths in social vices.
“The Imo State government, under Okorocha, is attracting foreign industrialists as a way to expand the state’s economy and create more employment opportunities.
“We urge people of the state and members of staff of the ministry to key into the vision of Okorocha’s administration to turn around the economy of the state.”
Members of staff of the ministry were advised to to be honest and dedicated in their responsibilities, as hard-working members of staff would be rewarded.