Abakaliki - The Ebonyi Government is to inaugurate a pipe production factory, built at a cost of over N200 million to produce pipes for reticulation from the two mega water schemes in the state.
The two water schemes are located at Ukawu in Onicha Local Government Area and Oferekpe in the Ikwo Local Government Area.
The state's Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr Chike Onwe, made the disclosure on Monday in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State's Executive Council meeting.
Onwe said that inaugurating the factory would reduce the cost incurred by the government to import pipes for the reticulation of the water schemes.
“The cost of reticulation from the 52 Kilometre distance from Oferekpe to Abakaliki costs N9.3 billion, one would now imagine the cost of reticulating the whole state of about 590 Kilometres.
“Inaugurating the factory would help us reduce costs by 60 per cent, as less cost would now be expended on the reticulation itself.
“The factory would also generate employment and make the state a pipe market in the country,” he said.
The commissioner noted that the state had identified a major raw material source in Bayelsa, saying that the state would enter into long-term agreement with Bayelsa for steady supply of raw materials.
Onwe also said that the government frowned at the emergence of shanties and slums in several areas of the state, especially around institutions of higher learning
“The State Government will start the enforcement of all environmental regulations to protect the environment and public places.
“This will include all town planning laws as the demolition of such structures will soon commence,” he said.
The commissioner said that any government agency indicted for complicity in the erection of such structures would be severely punished.