From Wilson Okereke, Afikpo

Ebonyi State government has restated its readiness to resuscitate its pipe production industry at Ezzamgbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.

Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Business Development, Oguzor Offia-Nwali, who stated this in Abakaliki, also disclosed the present administration has already procured extrusion machine for the factory and would soon instal it for pipe production to recommence there.

“With the aid of this sophisticated machine, once installed, our pipe production industry will triple its production by producing varying degrees and lengths of pipes simultaneously,” he said.

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Offia-Nwali said the procurement of the machine was in line with the state governor’s effort in ensuring the pipe production industry was optimally functional.

“I am very glad to announce to all Ebonyi people that the intense effort of our Governor, Francis Nwifuru, in ensuring we have a viable pipe production factory has continued to record massive success and progress in all the sectors of the industry. We are very grateful to him for all the approvals and support to my ministry without which all these milestone accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible,” he said.

He also said the production would comprise such sizes of pipe as 20mm, 25mm, 140mm among others, create more job opportunities and boost the state’s internally generated revenue.

He thanked the governor and appealed to the people to always support the administration as it implements the People’s Charter of Needs.