By Saby Onyenwe, Owerri
Plans to resuscitate the largest oil palm plantation owned by Imo State government, the rubber plantation at Obitti in Ohaji/Egbema local government area which has been left to rut by administrations to ensure they yield at optimal levels took the centre stage of the election campaign promises of Emeka Ihedioha, the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at Ohaji/Egbema local government area.
The completion and revamping of the Egbema Power Plant which was abandoned by the present government also was among the election campaign promises which topped the list of the juicy things Emeka Ihedioha would do for the people.
The completion of the Egbema power plant would enhance power generation, power transmission and power distribution in the entire State where manufacturing activities are at lowest ebb when compared with the manufacturing activities and out puts in the neighbouring states due to the epileptic power supply by the Enugu Electric Distribution Center (EEDC).
In Imo State, many manufacturing firms have closed shop and some have also relocated to other states making the Owerri- Onitsha Road Industrial Layout located in Irete, Owerri West local government area, a shadow of itself.
The PDP governorship candidate, after x-raying the abundant mineral and non mineral resources at Ohaji Egbema, described it as the hen that lays the golden egg for Imo State. As a resuly, he said, it deserves huge benefits in return, saying that if he wins the governorship election, his government would ensure the people are well treated in every thing.
The revamping of the moribund state investments, Ihedioha said, would create opportunities for jobs for the people and when more jobs are created and youths are gainfully employed, there would be fewer tendencies to indulge in crimes and criminalities. “When you create jobs, you have tackled insecurity in Ohaji Egbema and Imo State in general”.
He observed that in Imo state Ohaji Egbema and Oguta local government areas are volatile, full of youth restiveness and unrest. Also to reap the benefits as the hen that lays the golden egg, he said, the Imo State oil producing area development commission (ISOPADEC) will be made to function effectively in accordance with the law that established it.
He further promised that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act should be implemented effectively in the State.