Plans have been concluded by Ebonyi state government and the IBETO Group, a cement manufacturing giant, to revive the hitherto moribund state’s owned cement firm, NIGERCEM Nkalagu in the state, with 6000 metric tons cement factory.
NIGERCEM, until its comatose state, had provided employment for over 15,000 indigenes of the state and with the coming of IBETO Cement, Ebonyi state will soon become one of the most industrialised states in Nigeria, after Lagos and Ogun states.
This indication was made Friday at the Government House Abakaliki, the state capital by Chief Cletus Ibeto, the Chairman of IBETO Group of companies, when he paid the Governor of the state, Engr. Dave Umahi, a courtesy with the technical partners of the project.
Chief Ibeto, who said he was in Abakaliki to introduce his partners to the governor, added “I am here to introduce my team with the big company that will develop NIGERCEM, Nkalagu Cement plant.
“This is a peaceful meeting and we are here to tell you that we are back to start the project. They will be going to Nkalagu every day and will do the design of the plant. All we signed in 2015 contract will be implemented.
“We are going to start with 6000 metric tons per day at Nkalagu. Nothing is going to be touched in the moribund plant. A new one will be set up. We are going to set up another plant.
“In Effium community, Ebonyi state, we will produce 3000 metric tons. While we are doing 3000, we will also look before another place to compliment the limestone there”, he said.