The Ebonyi State Government has sought partnership with a Chinese firm, CAMC Engineering Company Limited, in the areas of power, agriculture, mining, manufacturing and health.
Governor David Umahi, while receiving a delegation from UNIDO and CAMCE at the Governor’s Lodge in Abakaliki, during the week, said he sought the partnership to develop the state.
He said his administration was interested in revamping the health, mining, agriculture and other sectors in the state.
Umahi told the Chinese company, led by the Director-General, Yu Tao, that his administration would be delighted if they could build a 10MW solar plant in the state.
The governor said, “We will like if we can get between 5MW and 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.”
While describing Chinese investors as reliable and dependable, he praised the UNIDO for being another strong development partner assisting the state in various sectors like rice mills, Information and Communications Technology and provision of medical solar lamps.
Adding that the Chinese were prudent in management, he assured interested investors of safety and conducive environment.
Umahi said, “We find it fascinating working with the Chinese because they are very serious-minded people. They are not extravagant. When I awarded 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 job like Julius Berger is in Ebonyi State.”
Umahi, who had earlier noted the giant strides of his administration particularly in the provision of electricity across the state, described Ebonyi indigenes as honest and hardworking people.
He, however, told the delegation led by the UNIDO Country Representative, Dr. Chuma Ezedinma and the Managing Director of Urban Tech Engineering Limited, Kingsley Agha, to tidy up all arrangements to enable them to start work on the power, agriculture, mining, manufacturing and health sectors.
He said, “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 don’t want projects that will be on the table for six months before take-off. We want to start moving as quickly as possible.”