By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU Owerri
The Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN)
Imo/Abia branch Chief R N J Anyanwu has lamented the deplorable state of the Onitisha road industrial layout situated at Irete near Owerri.
He explained that the available industries in the layout, are faced by harsh environmental problems pointing out that among the challenges is the deplorable condition of the roads network in the
The chairman, told our correspondent in an exclusive interview in Owerri Monday, that over 90 per cent of the investors have relocated their investments to other states, especially Ahoada and Omoko in Rivers State where the manufacturing environment is relatively healthier.
According to him his worry over the Present state of the industrial layout, was that about 10,000 skilled and unskilled workers, have lost their jobs due to successive government’s neglect of the area.
He regretted that the past state governments and the present state
government, allowed the infrastructural facilities put in place by former governor of the state late Chief Sam Mbakwe’s administration to rot away.
Nwabueze Anyanwu said that MAN as the umbrella body for manufacturers
in the country has a duty to intervene on members problems, to ensure that their business interests are enhanced, ensure also that employment opportunities are created for the masses and foster the
development of an economic environment for the state.
He called on the Imo State Government to ease the harsh operating environment in the Industrial Estate especially the road networks which have led to members of MAN to relocate their investments to
The chairman further reveled that based on complaints from members of MAN, at the industrial layout Owerri, the association wrote to the state House of Assembly on the menace of the burrow pit and the ugly activities of the truck loaders in the industrial estate, but regretted that up to this moment there has not been any positive reponses.
He added, “we call on the Imo State Government to please revisit the issue with a view to ameliorate the sufferings of the members who are still operating in the area”,
According to him, “MAN Imo/Abia branch is partnering with Independent Power Provider (IPP) with a view to supplying electricity to members at Owerri/Onitsha Road Industrial cluster”, and that the IPP had visited in order to verify the suitability of the industrial estate for citing the project.