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NGO calls for laws to spring up small, micro industries in Enugu

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A Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO) in Enugu State, Daniel Ukwu Leadership Foundation, has called for laws that would spring up small and micro industries in Enugu.

The Executive Director of the Foundation, Mr Daniel Ukwu, made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Wednesday.

Ukwu said that there was the mentality that Enugu was a civil servant state, urging the seventh Assembly to make laws that would spring up more industries in the state.

According to him, Enugu does not have some of these micro industries where people can manufacture different products adding that such industries help to increase the economic base of a state.

“If you look around, you discover that some projects are abandoned, like that international conference Centre.

“Although work has commenced on it but I am looking at the completion because it will also generate revenue for the state.

“We are also looking at the Hotel Presidential that has been abandoned and one vegetable oil plant at Nachi in Udi LGA and also the Cement Company at Emene.

“If the government can rehabilitate these things, it will create additional employment and increase the revenue for the state.

“The Assembly can make a law that before the appointment or election of any local government chairman, the person shall reside in the council for a minimum of five years to 10 years.

“This is so that he or she will know the terrain and the challenges of the council instead of becoming a visitor in the area.

“The person must live in the environment and know what is happening there, his/her children shall be schooling within the environment.

“Most of these council chairmen do not go to work until it is the time to share allocation,’’ Ukwu added.

He also advised the state assembly to make a law to establish public toilets in some strategic locations such as Obiagu, Abakpa, and Coal Camp (Ogbete) etc, where people could ease themselves instead of messing up the whole environment.

“This approach will help to complement what Enugu State Waste Management Agency ESWAMA is doing to ensure that Enugu is clean,” he said.

Ukwu said that Enugu is agrarian state and urged the state and local government heads to give workers loans for them to enter into agriculture.

The Executive Director said that the loan could be deducted from their salaries.

He added that the state could equally set a date to celebrate agriculture where people could bring their produce to Okpara Square and those who had done well would be given commendation letters.

He described agriculture as one of the most important aspects in someone’s life adding that it would help in reducing crime in the society.

Edited by: Cecilia Odey/Maureen Atuonwu

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