Group resists move to auction Imo Tiles Industry equipment

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By Sabinus Onyenwe, Owerri

An attempt by the Out-going Government in Imo State, headed by Governor Rochas Okorocha, to auction and evacuate the remaining equipment of the moribund Imo Tiles Industry at Nsu in Ehime Mbano local government area  of the state has hit the rocks as the host communities are now bracing up to resist the auction and evacuation of the equipment worth millions of naira.

This is as the group under the aegis Of Nsu Development Union (NDU) has drawn the attention of the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, about the alleged attempt by the out-going government to auction and evacuate the equipment using a firm called Messrs Phigeal Integrated limited.

The group said its attention has been drawn to a letter purported to be issued to Messrs Phigeal Integrated Limited authorizing them as auctioneers subject to payment of N16.8m to enter into and auction the remaining equipment at the premises of Imo Tiles Industry at Nsu”.

The group also alleged that in 2012, the present administration forcefully evacuated to unknown destination, containers of equipment including Rolls, Royce high caliber power generators valued at billions of naira imported for the factory by the late Sam Mbakwe, former governor of the state.

 The document was signed by High Chief Zeek Martins Nnadozie,President- General, Nsu Development Union, HRH, Eze Herbert Anyanwu, Ihe 1, of Ihitte Nsu Autonomous community, HRH, Eze Ernest Iwunze, Ebichi ii of Nsu, autonomous community; others are HRH Eze Emma Ibechi Akagu 1 of Umukagu Nsu, Autonomous Community and Chief Paschal Eqerue, the President of Nsu Economic Council.

The group said it would resist any further attempt to evacuate any equipment of the Imo Tiles  Industry at Agbaghara Nsu by a person purporting to be acting on behalf of or as an agent or awardee of the out-going government.

They have however, informed the in-coming governor, Emeka Ihedioha, on the need and urgent importance to fast track the construction and commencement of Imo Tiles Industry at the site in order to stop what they described as the wanton and illegal mining of clay at the raw material site as a result of the abandonment by the out-going government

Meanwhile, several calls put to the Sam Onwuemeodo, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Rochas Okorocha, were not answered.

Also when our Correspondent called the Imo State Commissioner for Information, Patrick C. Nzeh, around 7:14 pm to react, he said; “ I am not aware but I am rushing to government house to see His Excellency, may be you call me back at night by that time I must have see him”.

The last call to him was by 10:pm and 10.10pm but he did not pick the calls.