Umahi seeks power generating project partnership with Chinese firm

Ebonyi State Government has sought partnership with a Chinese  firm,  CAMC Engineering Company Ltd, in the area of power, agriculture, mining, manufacturing  and health.

The state govdrnor, Chief David Umahi, while receiving a delegation from UNIDO and CAMCE at the Governor’s Lodge  in Abakaliki saaid “On the issue of power, hospital, mining ,agriculture, industry we are very much interested.”

He specifically told the officials of the Chinese company led by the Director-General, Yu Tao, that his administration would be highly delighted if they could build a 10MW solar plant in the state.

“We will like if we can get like 5MW to 10MW solar plant to light up the streets in our towns. This is very important to us because we need to extend business hours and check crimes in the state,” the governor said.

Umahi who described investors as very reliable and dependable, thanked the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation for being another strong development partner assisting the state in various sectors like Rice mills, ICT and provision of medical solar lamps.

Adding that the Chinese are very prudent in management, he assured all intending investors of safety and conducive environment.

His words, “We find it very fascinating working with the Chinese because they are very serious-minded people. They are not extravagant. When I gave some bridges to some Chinese to build for us,they brought certain kinds of equipment . So people started texting me, asking ‘are these not multinational companies?  Why is it that their equipment are not reflecting this?’

“I said to them  ‘wait for them  to start  work and see what they will produce. And so when they started , people, including some in government, began to wonder that a company that can do quality jobs like Julius Berger is in Ebonyi State.”

Umahi who had earlier noted the giant strides of his administration particularly in the provision of electricity and street lights across the state, described Ebonyians as very honest and hardworking people.

He however told the team which was led to the meeting by the UNIDO Country Representative, Dr. Chuma Ezedinma and the Managing DIrector of UrbanTech Engineering Ltd, Kingsley Agha, that they needed to quickly tidy up all arrangements to enable them start work on the  power, agriculture, mining, manufacturing  and health sectors.

He added, “Let me mark it that the only bad behaviour we have is that we are very much in a hurry. We have no patience at all when it comes to development. We dont want projects that will be on the table for six months before take off. We want to start moving as quickly as possible.”

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