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SUNDAY, 28 APRIL 2013 20:03 

FROM ALEMMA-OZIORUVA ALIU, BENIN CITY NEWS - NATIONAL


AS part of efforts to improve socio-economic activities of Edo State, the government would soon partner the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN) to build an industrial park that would generate employment for residents.

The Guardian learnt at the weekend that representatives of the state government and those of MAN would this week have an inspection tour of the site designated for the project.

Chairman of MAN, Edo and Delta states’ chapter, Humphrey Emuobor Masodje, during a courtesy visit to the Government House Sunday, said the state was overdue for industrial park to manage industrial clusters and as such, recommended that the government grants consent to the Organised Private Sector to manage and partner government on the utilisation of the industrial park along Sakponba Road.

The state government said it has a strategic plan for the sector that would run till 2016. “A section of the strategic plan deals with industrial policy. The plan, which goes on to 2016, is such that any other government that comes will have a flow in and continue from there and can also adjust what needs to be adjusted,” the Secretary to State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, said.

As for the technical committee on the industrial policy, Ihonvbere said: “We can work on that, we can get some people from your side and from our side to look at the policy positions of government and fine-tune them and see where we go.

“For the industrial park, maybe sometimes next week, the state chairman and myself would go and look at the designated area and you can be rest assured that on the basis of the proposal, we can meet the governor.”

VIA GUARDIAN

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Edo, MAN inspect 108 hectares of land for industrial park

 
Edo, MAN inspect 108 hectares of land for industrial park Posted by: Our Reporter on May 8, 2013 in News NATION Edo State Government and a delegation of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN) yesterday, inspected a 108 hectares of land proposed for Industrial Park by the government. The facility is located on Upper Sakponba Road, Benin City. The Secretary to Edo State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, who led the government delegation including, the Executive Director, Public Private Partnership office, Mr. Igbinidu Ineh said: “This is a launch pad for the industrialization agenda of the Comrade Governor.
This is a huge investment site with over 108 hectares. If developed, it will improve the real income of our people. The SSG went on: “Today is a huge step forward. I do not see a problem here in terms of making it available for MAN. We want to see activities taking place here, create employment for people and landlords can come around here too thereby making the area more developed. With this kind of land becoming an industrial park, we will make Edo great again. “The challenge would be to develop the proposal and make it easy for the Governor to have an overview of the plan and when investors come to us, we then know what to tell them and where to give them. There is a company coming from China that wants to do vehicle assembling in Edo State. “I have no doubt that the whole idea will create job, increase productivity and real income. The proposal will declare your intention to the Comrade Governor,” Ihonvbere told MAN delegation. But the state government says it has a strategic plan which runs through 2016. According to Ihonvbere, “a section of the strategic plan deals with industrial policy.
The plan, which goes on to 2016 is such that any other government that comes will have a flow in and continue from there and can also adjust what needs to be adjusted”. As for the technical committee on the industrial policy, Ihonvbere said, “I think we can work on that, we can get some people from your side and from our side to look at the policy positions of government and fine tune it and see where we go. “Discussions are also on going with those who want to build multi-layer parking lots. We have a situation in which people have operated in a very lawless way. All the beautification done in Ring Road have been destroyed by people. They build parks anywhere, they sell vehicles anywhere, they don’t want to obey traffic laws or traffic wardens. “In many parts of the civilized worlds, you don’t have traffic wardens on the road but here, even with the traffic light, you still need to put somebody there.
We will continue to do our best, we will continue to train our traffic officials to be discipline and respect road users and appeal to road users to do likewise. “The task of rehabilitating and repositioning the state is enormous. If we had met the state where it is today, you can be rest assured that we would have done more but while other states were moving forward, we now try to drag ourselves from the abyss up to where we are today. “Given the work of the Comrade Governor, Edo state caught the attention of international community; three weeks ago, the Governor was invited to address the World Bank on citizens response to public policy, this is very unusual.

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