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AfDB Moves To Partner Enugu On Agro-Industrial Processing

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the Ministry of Finance have agreed to partner with the government of Enugu State Government on the development of Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SPAZ) in the state.

The Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, who was represented by Dr Akande Oyetola of the African Financial Institutions, made this disclosure when he led the team to Enugu on Friday.

He described their visit to the proposed over 1,000 hectares of land earmarked for the pilot project as a preparatory mission to ascertain the level of preparedness of the state government for the landmark project.

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He said Enugu had met a good number of the conditions precedent that a state must fulfill before the intervention of other partners in the development of the agro-processing zones.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro Industrialisation, Patrick Ubru, said the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone was in line with Governor Peter Mbah’s mission to end hunger and eradicate poverty in the state.

In another report, Elder statesman Charles Ogbonnaya has expressed disappointment with governors and other political leaders for not showing enough support for the take-off of the South East Development Commission (SEDC), which, according to him, is a catalyst for the rebuilding of the South East.

Ogbonna, who previously served as a two-time commissioner and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of Abia State, has stated that the SEDC Bill is the first tangible step towards addressing the degradation in the southeast region of Nigeria that occurred as a result of the civil war. The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, and has been passed by the Green Chamber.

Ogbonnaya, who spoke to journalists in Umuahia, lamented that governors and other political leaders from the zone have not yet shown enough support for the noble programme to take off.

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