Ebonyi State Government is to partner with a Chinese firm, CAMC Engineering Company Ltd, in the area of power, agriculture, mining, manufacturing and health.
Governor David Umahi, stated this when he received a delegation from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, and CAMCE at the Governor’s Lodge in Abakaliki the State Capital.
He told 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,” Umahi said.
He described the Chinese investors as very reliable and dependable and thanked the UNIDO for being another strong development partner assisting the state in various sectors like rice mills, Information and Communication Technology, ICT, and provision of medical solar lamps.
Governor Umahi assured all intending investors of a safe and conducive environment.
He said: “We find it very fascinating working with the Chinese because they are very serious-minded people. They are not extravagant.”
Umahi said the development programmes of his administration has led to the provision of electricity and street lights across the state and described the people of Ebonyi State as very honest and hardworking people.
He informed the team, which was led 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 power, agriculture, mining, manufacturing and health sectors.
“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 takeoff. We want to start moving as quickly as possible,” Umahi said.
Earlier, Ezedinma said he was pleased with Governor Umahi’s efforts to develop the state. He mentioned the 5MW Rice Husk Power plant as one area the governor had consistently urged him to get started.
Also speaking, Agha commended Umahi and Ezedinma for their desire to open up the South-East to the rest of the world.
He asked Governor Umahi to visit the head office of CAMCE in China for a first hand information on the capacity and capability of the Chinese engineering giant.