GOV. UZODIMMA MOVES TO SAVE IMO OIL MILLS, CLAMPS DOWN ON POACHING BY SIGNING A LAW.
The Challenge of continuous vandalization and balkanization of the common Agro wealth especially the Oil Mills of the State has become a critical matter to the Government of Shared Prosperity.
In the region of Ohaji Egbema with so many oil palm plantations and mills which have been taken over by poachers and vandals, hence, the swift intervention of Imo State Government.
With the Law of Licensing & Control of Oil Mills signed by His Excellency, Dist. Sen. Hope Uzodimma, it is no more business as usual for Oil Mill criminals.
All Oil Mill must be registered with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry & Agriculture with the source of your Palm fruits stated.
Indeed, His Excellency, Dist. Sen. Hope Uzodimma’s Administration is Counting the Cost, making savings and boosting the Economy of our Dear State.
UZODIMMA REVIVES ADAPALM, RESTORES PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY TO OWERRI
In a major step that will positively alter the economic and social lives of Imo people, public water supply to owerri metropolis, which has eluded residents for 24 years, will be restored in the next few days.
Similarly Adapalm , a major palm oil mill.oowned by the state, which has not produced a drop of palm oil in the last 15 years, now produces 30,000 metric tons of palm oil every day.
Whereas residents of Owerri last drank from public taps in 1996, Adapalm which used to be heavy revenue earner for the state stopped production in 2005 as a result of mismanagement and inefficiency.
Imo state commissioner for information and strategy, Declan Emelumba, explained that Governor uzodinma decided to revive the two institutions as a means of boosting the state’s economy as well as to make live easier for residents of Owerri and Imo people in general.
He disclosed that Adapalm now produces 30,000 metric tonnes of palm oil daily with the attendant generation of jobs for the youth and distribive line job creation for the rural people
Emelumba recalled that the last turn around maintenance carried out in Otamiri water works was in 1996, hence the governor directed a holistic overhaul of the scheme in line with modern technology.
He said the governor’s determination to provide public water to Imo people and the subsequent funding have resulted in Owerri residents enjoying clean supply of public water from the administration
On Adapalm, the commissioner regretted that past administrations in the state neglected such a
major revenue earner while youths previously employed there became a threat to the society. He said Gov uzodinma directed the immediate rehabilitation of the mill to boost the economy of the state.
“Today, Adapalm is producing 30,000 metric tonnes of palm oil. If you look at the value chain and the concomitant benefits to the state, you will understand why the governor insisted that the place must come back to life,” he said.
He therefore solicited the support of the people of the state as the administration works hard to recover lost grounds and put the state on the path of sustainable development.
Imo State Government to partner CBN, Bank of Agric, to revamp ADAPALM In line with the vision of the Ihedioha's government to rebuild Imo state, ameliorate the surge of unemployment, and improve on the internally generated revenue base of the state. His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has secured the nod of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and the Bank of Agriculture in respect to revamping the almost moribund ADAPALM, as when fully revived, ADAPALM has the potency of generating huge revenue for the state. As it stands now, Imo state government is set to secure loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bank of Agriculture for the revival of Adapalm Plantation. Already a combined team from Bank of Agriculture and CBN have visited Imo State to interface with representatives of the state government on how to revive the oil palm industry that once was a pride of the state, and any time soon, the agreement to that effect will be entered into for the betterment of Ndi-Imo.