Imo State government says it has concluded arrangements with authorities of Vietnam and China for the establishment of a fertilizer plant and refinery in the state, in line with the preset administration’s rapid industrialization policy.
The state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who disclosed this yesterday during a press briefing with media executives at the Government House, Owerri stated that he used his recent trip to Vietnam to seal the plan for setting up a fertilizer plant at Ohaji/Egbema LGA.
He explained that the Vietnamese have also agreed to partner with the state in the area of development of agriculture by introduction of some agro programmes that will make the state add value to crops like coconut and cashew adding that the state shares similar ecology with Vietnam.
Okorocha who expressed optimism that the new relationship with the Vietnamese would yield tremendous dividend to Imo State and the nation at large further, hinted that he also used the opportunity to visit China where he concluded talks with the authorities for establishment of a refinery in the state.
On the suspension of some workers and concessioning of 19 parastatals in the state, Governor Okorocha said government would not rescind its decision on issue stressing that the whole idea of concession is to ensure that Imo people get the best of service from the affected facilities.
“The decision of government on concessioning of some parastatals and suspension of unproductive and indolent workers is in the best interest of the state, whether or not the decision is popular.
“Imo will be Forty(40) years old come February 3, and as a state we cannot afford to be a fool at forty. I know I am taking a political risk but I have to do it for the good of Imo people of today and the future. I have nothing personal against the workers except that we have to do something quickly before it is too late,” he declared.
The governor who said he had paid all workers in the state except those of Adapalm whose arrears is only N25million which is withheld until certain issues are cleared cautioned that any vacuum would be allowed as government will get other Imo people to take over from those who abdicate their duties in the name strike action.
He therefore cautioned the affected workers and the organized labour in the state against actions and utterances capable of heating up the polity saying this is no time for whipping up unnecessary sentiment and emotions because steps must be taken to save the state from the woods.
The governor however commended teachers for living up to expectations among other workers and urged them to continue assuring of his administration’s readiness to make Imo a model state before expiration of his second term.


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