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Friday, August 18, 2017

Automotive Spare Parts Manufacturing Plant To Be Sited In Anambra Soon


The National Automotive Designing and Development Council is to commence the construction of an automotive Spareparts Manufacturing plant in the State soon.

The Director General of the Council, Mr Jelali Aliyu disclosed this when he led a delegation from the council on a courtesy call on Governor Willie Obiano at the governor's Lodge, Amawbia.

The proposed project situates on an 80-hectare parcel of land owned by 3 communities in Nnewi South and Aguata Council areas including Unubi, Akwaihedi and Uga.

Last year, Governor Obiano had at the project site handed over the Certificate of Occupancy and other documents for the land to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okey Enelama with a caveat that the Federal Government must develop the land within 18 months, failure of which the land will automatically revert to the State.

In his remarks, Mr Jelali who noted that the project will be executed by the Federal Government, the State Government and the private sector, said the proposed facility which will incorporate the most advanced technology in its production, is expected to produce local automobile components and will be at par with the best of its kind across the world.

He explained that Anambra was selected to leverage on the industrial and business potentials of the Nnewi area to set the stage for the nation's industrial transformation, saying that the project will create a lot of job and wealth opportunities for the people especially through the ancilliary industries that will it will yield.

Commending Governor Obiano for his vision in availing the land for the project, Mr Jelali assured that the project will be completed within 18 months.

Responding, Governor Obiano who frowned at the inability of the Federal government to commence work on the site since he handed over the land, however expressed delight that finally something concrete is coming up from the agreement.

He noted that due to the state's small landsize worsened by its numerous erosion challenges, his government is very meticulous in giving out lands and has equally developed the Landbank initiative through which it had ensured judicious allocation of the state lands to investors.

This initiative he noted, has helped restore the people's confidence in government's ability to manage their lands in a manner that will benefit them maximally hence, the high level of support and cooperation investors get from their host communities.

Governor Obiano urged the council to immediately hit the ground running to realise the project on time, adding that the State will consider giving them more lands when it sees substantial work on ground.

The National Automotive Designing and Development Council is a Federal government agency charged with the mandate of developing the country's automotive industry.


By Kenechukwu Ofomah

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