The Abia State Government has revealed that its inaugural modular refinery, situated at the Abia Industrial Innovation Park (AIIP) in Owaza, Ukwa West LGA, is set to commence production in 2025. Prince Okey Kanu, the State Commissioner for Information and Culture, conveyed this information during a press briefing following the Executive Council meeting led by Governor Alex Otti.
Highlighting the significance of the project, Prince Kanu emphasized the commitment of the government to ensure the refinery’s timely completion. He stressed that the modular refinery, a flagship project at the industrial park, is anticipated to generate around two thousand direct job opportunities, with a potential for thousands more in indirect employment. Additionally, it aims to contribute to the local economy by providing refined products for the citizens and bolstering the state’s revenue base.
Professor Joel Ogbonna, the Commissioner for Petroleum, underscored the transformative agenda of the new government in swiftly establishing the industrial innovation park. He mentioned the acquisition of approximately two thousand hectares of land in Owaza, revealing the untapped oil and gas resources in Abia State. Prof. Ogbonna expressed optimism about converting these resources into wealth and job opportunities.
Addressing infrastructure developments, Prince Kanu informed that Governor Alex Otti is set to commission four roads, with Jubilee road already completed and the others nearing completion. He also mentioned the upcoming commissioning of renovated hospitals in Ummunneato Igbere and Okpuala Ngwa.
However, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo, raised concerns about a suspected measles outbreak in Arochukwu and Umunneochi LGAs. Dr. Okoronkwo assured that the situation is under control, with efforts to identify and contain affected children.
Switching to governance matters, Mr. Ferdinand Ekeoma, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, addressed reports of extortion in Aba and its environs. He conveyed Governor Otti’s directive to apprehend individuals engaged in illegal activities, emphasizing the government’s intolerance towards such actions. Mr. Ekeoma also announced plans to clamp down on illegal motor parks, markets, and to sanitize the overall environment in Abia.