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.
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