By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Imo State government says it is currently reviewing the activities of the companies granted concessions to manage Adapalm Plantation and Imo Transport Company, ITC, with a view to ascertaining whether they should continue or not.
Government’s position, which was made public, yesterday, during an interview, by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, necessitated ceaseless agitation from organized labour and Adapalm land owners.
“Government is at the moment reviewing the activities of the companies granted the concessions to manage Adapalm and ITC to see whether they could be allowed to continue to enjoy the concession or not,” the CPS said.
Onwuemeodo explained that what the government did in the case of Adapalm and ITC, was to grant concessions to two companies to manage the two establishments, pointing out that the action was taken in the best interest of the state and her people.
“Concession neither means privatization nor outright selling of the two government establishments. The Imo State government has neither sold nor privatized any government property or parastatal since 2011 when it came to power, till now,” Onwuemeodo said.
Answering a question, the CPS said the explanation became necessary following the falsehood being spread at the moment, in some quarters that the administration had sold or privatized some government owned outfits.
“Government’s property or parastatal could not be sold in the dark or without documents, and we challenge those behind these false claims to publish or make their facts public,” Onwuemeodo said