Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed the readiness of his administration to revive and deploy the abandoned Metallurgical Complex Aba.
The Governor made this known on Tuesday in Aba when he received in audience, the Board and Management of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) led by the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Professor M S Haruna.
While assuring a productive partnership with NASENI in the revival of the abandoned Metallurgical Complex Aba as center of excellence in local engineering, the Governor promised the team that the State Government will be willing to provide additional facilities to the agency for the construction of training centers in the State.
According to the governor, his administration is prepared to create an ecosystem for the harnessing and development of the productive capabilities of the people of Abia State.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, the Governor made it clear that only path for the economic survival of the country is to embark on an aggressive development of local production of goods and services, and a deliberate national policy for the compulsory consumption of locally produced goods.
He added that with the fading prospects of crude oil globally, Nigeria must take hard decisions in this direction.
The statement partly read, “Governor Ikpeazu expressed delight that NASENI has led the way in the nation’s quest for development of indigenous technology through in country fabrication and production of various kinds of goods.
“The Governor was particularly delighted that NASENI placed top emphasis on capacity building for their staff in the area of technology transfer and exposing her staff to world class training beyond the shores of the country.
“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu assured the NASENI team that he will stand in support of the full implementation of the enabling Act of the Agency including the proposed funding structure of devoting 1% of the Federation Account to the Agency to enable it have enough funds for its activities. This, the Governor said, is very crucial because unless as a nation we begin to invest in the development of our productive capabilities, our future will remain bleak.
“The Governor also assured them that his administration shall be committed to critical collaborations with the agency in the revival and deployment of the abandoned Metallurgical Complex Aba by the Agency as a center of excellence in local engineering. The Governor also assured the team that the State Government will be willing to provide additional facilities to the agency for the construction of training centers in the State.
“Speaking earlier, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASENI, Engr Professor M S Haruna told the Governor that they were in the State to seek areas of collaboration with the State Government especially in the areas of development of local technology and manufacturing.
“He told the Governor that the Agency is involved in different kinds of productive activities including the production of solar panels for commercial use as well as fabrication of various kinds of agricultural implements.
“The NASENI CEO appealed to the Governor to lend his voice to the full implementation of the NASENI Act to enable the agency get the needed funds to operate fully and assist the nation in her quest for technological advancement and maximize our local productive capabilities.
“He also informed the Governor that the agency was interested in converting the Metallurgical Complex Aba into an engineering center of excellence, and use it to provide support to institutions like the Boys Technical College Aba, Abia State Polytechnic Aba and the Abia State University, Uturu.”
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