The Ebonyi State Government on Saturday took over the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) demonstration biomass gas power plant located at the UNIDO Mini -industrial cluster in Ekwashi Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the State.
The State Governor, Chief David Umahi said that three more similar plants had already been paid for by his administration adding that the plant would soon arrive the state.
Umahi thanked UNIDO for demonstrating the interest in the development of the state, he also announced the appointment of Mrs Bene Oba as his Senior Special Assistant on UNIDO matters.
Umahi said: ”UNIDO is a household name in Ebonyi State. We have made part payment for similar plants like this. One of them is 1MW and another is 500 kilowatts.
“We also have MOU for another four 1MW plant aside from the 5.5MW project we are embarking upon with a German company.”
The Governor informed the UNIDO team led by Dr Reuben Bamidele, that, “You have set up the steam and I can assure you that we are following your footstep. We are very encouraged by your commitment and love for the people of Ebonyi State. Today, we take over the gasification plant and while we are expecting 100KW to be added to this.”
He charged the administrators of Ohaukwu Local Government area to develop the axillary structures for the UNIDO Industrial cluster adding that to boost the economic viability of the state his administration had paid for three new rice mills plants in the state.
He said, “We have three rice mills we have paid for in China. It is being produced and early next year, January,they will be here. One is going to be in Ohaukwu LGA; one in Ishielu LGA and the third in Ohaozara LGA.”
He also charged the caretaker Committee Chairmen of the three LGAs to, in the next two weeks, ” bring us to come and see the places they have cleared so that we could start building the structures to house them.”
The State UNIDO Coordinator, Evang. Chukwuma Elom earlier commended the Governor for his development strides and for being the first Governor to visit UNIDO shortly after his inauguration.
He described the biomass gas plant as first of its kind in Nigeria.