Ministry of Trade/Investment And Her Efforts Towards Repositioning Ebonyi State

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Ignatius Soroibe writes from Abakaliki

The Asian Tigers, China, Korea and Japan are leading in Science and Technology in the world today because looking inwards, took advantage of the areas they have comparative advantage ventured into it. This is their main keys to success. Jack of trade is not a good name.

Ebonyi State is blessed with countless number of flourishing agricultural products like rice, yam and vegetable. She also has the highest solid mineral deposit in the area of Lead, Limestone, Zinc, Salt , Quarry (for shipping).

Because of the preponderance of Limestone and Lead among others, it behooves on the government in power in the State to take advantage of these products to grow the states internally generates revenue.This is what the present administration of Engr. Chief Dave Nweze Umahi CON is currently doing.

To achieve this, the Ministry of Trade and Investment, ably led by an Amazon, a woman that combines a rarity of beauty and brain at the same time. God does not give one person the two, he gives you one and gives others another, but in the case of Barr. Chioma Nweze, God gave her the two, Little wonder why she is a success, an Ebonyi dream come true, an inspiration to Ebonyi women, and indeed all the women across the nation.

Through dint of hard work, she has attracted many allied companies but not limited to the following: IBECO, LAFARGE and BUA cement among other to invest in the ever growing cement industry because of the availability of limestone. By doing this, the internally generated revenue skyrocketed while over thirty thousand jobs has been provided, what is required most is for the raw materials provided from Agriculture and mining to be properly harnessed by completing its value chain, that means, converting them into finished products. By making sure that raw materials are not sold but sold as finished products.

More investors will come because one of the advantages of localization of industries is the attraction of other subsidiary industries.

There’s nothing to worry about the movement of goods and services in Ebonyi State under Governor Umahi, he has constructed the largest road project in the country, a ring road standing over 198 Kilometres which covers 8 local government areas and this has led to opening up of a state for investors and investment aided by the following: Ebonyi Shopping mall, uncountable number of bridges, Ebonyi International Airport, St. Margaret Umahi International Market, timber and allied market.

Ebonyi State is leading in many choice of health, almost rated as 3 star hotel, like Osborn La Palm and Suite, Kazeem, Clevaro Hotels among others.

The state is secured, 24 hours by eagle eyed police men, Ebubeagu and the security watch. There are beautiful sites to behold, like the All Christian Ecumenical Centre near the shopping mall, the State Exco chambers, the International Olympic Stadium under construction, there are waterfalls and well natured caves in Ohaozara LGA.

Indeed, Ebonyi today has become the undisputed business hub at the South East and the most beautiful satte in Nigeria as such, no day passes without visitors, tourists visiting the state together with investors to see the eight wonder of the world called Ebonyi State.