By Dennis AGBO, Abakaliki
EBONYI State government has approved the registration of Ebonyi State Power Generating Company as well as the appointment of Engr E. N. Uduma as the General Manager of the State Electricity Company.
The state commissioner for Information, Mr. Egwu Chima who gave the disclosure said the state executive council after its meeting, late Wednesday, considered the viability and non-viability status of the parastatals that exist in the state in line with the prevailing economic realities and state objectives and approved the retention of many of them; the leasing out and outright sale of some; and the total scrapping of others.
â€œThose slated for lease include: Ebonyi State Hatchery, Nkaliki; for outright sale is the Ebonyi State Building Material Industry, Ezzamgbo; and those for total scrapping are; Ebonyi State Marketing Company and the Ebonyi State Industrial Estate Management Boardâ€.
He noted that the existing Ebonyi State Salt and Mineral Industry Ltd is to be renamed Ebonyi State Mineral Development Agency while Ebonyi Hotels and Tourism Board have been merged to take charge of all state-owned hotels and tourism centres.
The commissioner equally noted that the council confirmed the appointment of Evangelist Igboke Umunna as the substantive Executive Secretary of the Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
In a related development, the state government in bid to forestall further bloodshed and restore permanent peace in the state announced the acquisition of the disputed land area between the people of Akaeze in Ivo local government area and Oso-Edda in Afikpo South local government area, called IGBORO land measuring 1556.71 hectares.
Mr. China explained that the affected area has already been surveyed and appropriately delineated with beacons, noting that the land area would be used for agricultural purposes in the overriding public interest.
The state executive council, according to the commissioner, also directed the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Housing, to expedite action and issue Certificate of Occupancy to the Assemblies of God Church for the establishment of the Evangel University , at the Akaeze end, near the disputed land to further act as a buffer zone.
Government, he said, appeals/advises leaders of both Akaeze and Oso_Edda communities to continue to ensure that peace and order is maintained in their area.