On June 9, Governor David Umahi in company with his team, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
Although the meeting was held behind closed doors, it was gathered that issues discussed centered on a quick action by the ministry towards helping Ebonyi State to begin to harness its vast mineral resources.
The governor was said to have suggested that the Department of Geological Survey in the MSMD should work with UNIDO for a comprehensive study of the salt deposits in Ebonyi State. He was also said to have informed the minister that the state government had signed a pact with Ibeto Group for the recommencement of cement production at the Nkalagu Cement factory.
According to an aide of the minister, who was privy to the meeting, Engr. Umahi told Fayemi that his administration was also in talks with Larfage Cement, for the establishment of another cement factory in Ebonyi State.
The aide added that Engr. Umahi requested the ministry to come up with a document detailing all the mineral deposits in the state so that it can assist in attracting both local and foreign investors to the sector.
It was learnt that the issues of illegal mining and weigh bridges were also discussed by the two leaders.
Fayemi had last month visited Ebonyi and pledged to assist the state tap into its God-given goldmine. He had also handed over the Federal Government-owned mineral buying centre in Abakaliki to the state government to manage.
Here are the links to all parts of the news:
– Governor Umahi’s 3-Day Abuja Economic Shuttle By Emma Anya – Part 1
– Governor Umahi’s 3-Day Abuja Economic Shuttle By Emma Anya – Part 2
– Governor Umahi’s 3-Day Abuja Economic Shuttle By Emma Anya – Part 3
– Governor Umahi’s 3-Day Abuja Economic Shuttle By Emma Anya – Part 4
– Governor Umahi’s 3-Day Abuja Economic Shuttle By Emma Anya – Part 5
– Governor Umahi’s 3-Day Abuja Economic Shuttle By Emma Anya – Part 6
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