The Ebonyi State Government is to purchase 5.5 Megawatt biomass plant from Germany that will utilise rice husk and other available waste materials to generate electricity.
The governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, made the disclosure after inspecting two of the three state-owned rice modern mills, recently, said the plant would arrive in Nigeria in the next four months.
Umahi also said that one megawatt of rice husk plant and another 500 kilowatts would arrive in the state soon.
The governor added that the government was ready to meet the daily water intake of the three rice mills located in the three senatorial zones of the state.
The inspection visit took the governor to Iboko in Izzi Local Government Area and Ikwo where he inspected the condition of these facilitates, on-going rehabilitation works and the production and packaging of various sizes of rice bags.
He said the essence of the visit was to have first-hand knowledge of the water needs of the mills especially for the parboiling sections which had attained over 80 per cent completion.
The governor assured that excavators would be deployed to the areas for dredging of available natural water sources to meet the water requirement of about 60,000 cubic metres.
He added that the state government had entered into an agreement with Akwa Ibom State to ship their rice to Ebonyi for milling.
Umahi was accompanied on the visit by the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Chief Francis Nwifuru and some Executive Council members.