…Gov.Umahi applauds the Group
The large and untapped deposit of limestone located in Ebonyi state may have attracted an indigeneous cement manufacturing into decision to set-up a new plant in the south-east state.
The decision by BUA Group was disclosed to the governor of Ebonyi State,Engr David Umahi, during a visit by the top management team of the group on Wednesday at the Government House, Abakaliki.
The Group Managing Director of the company, Kabiru Rabiu,while announcing this said that the Group was commencing core drilling in Ebonyi preparatory to establishing a cement plant in the state.
Mr. Rabiu expressed surprised that the state has no functional cement factory despite having enormous limestone deposit,a major raw material in cement production, and coal,also a necessary energy needed for the production.
He noted that the state was also strategically located for cement production.
He said:“We are planning to set up a cement plant here in Ebonyi state,” the nusinessman said. “The state is actually the host of the first cement plant in Nigeria, the NIGERCEM but it is quite surprising that today there is no single operational cement plant not only in Ebonyi state but in the entire eastern part of Nigeria.
“We are here because the state is blessed. It has a huge deposit of limestone which is very high in quality. The state also has coal which is a necessary energy needed for cement production.
“The state is strategically located; it is close to Enugu, close to Cross River State, close to the Middle Belt. I mean the local government where these deposits are located is very close to Benue, which is in the Middle Belt.
“Your Excellency, when we were coming into the state, we saw a road being built with concrete (concrete road) by your administration which goes along way to show your commitment to infrastructure and we also found out about the development of the ring road which is also about 150kms and we learnt that it is going to be built by concrete.
“So, naturally, the state is a market itself not only being positioned in a strategic location but also a large consumption of cement is going to be undertaken by the zone.
“We are really excited about the state, about the location, about the quality and the volume of the limestone you have for cement production here in Ebonyi State.”
In his response, Governor Umahi promised the group of the state’s readiness to partner including furthering the existing business environment to enable the company thrieve in her operation.