Okpella cement factory belated–Ize-Iyamu
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as described as belated Sunday groundbreaking of the Okpella Cement Factory in Etsako East Local Government Area of the state, pointing out that it should have come a long time ago.
He accused Governor Adams Oshiomhole of not leveraging on his touted close relationship with Alhaji Aliko Dangote to start and complete the factory during throughout his tenure, adding that a PDP government will, however, commission the project when the party takes over government.
Ize-Iyamu, who spoke in Afashio-Uzaire, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State when he met with PDP delegates and party officials in the Edo North Senatorial district, also accused Governor Oshiomhole of abandoning a cement factory built by the administration of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area.
He added that Edo State was not a poor state and that the state did not need to embark on what he termed reckless borrowing and to subject her citizens to arbitrary taxation if the Oshiomhole’s administration had a masterplan to develop the state.
He said, “is it not shameful that with the governor’s touted relationship with Dangote, it is just few months to the the end of his tenure that he could attract him to come and lay foundation stone for a cement factory in Edo State?
“You (Oshiomhole) were following him all over the world to commission factories. You said he was your good friend and you never for one day spoke to him until you are about leaving office. Well, we thank him because by the grace of God, we will commission it when we take over.
“We were shock when the governor came out of an exco council meeting to say that the former administration built a cement factory that was 35 per cent completed and that he would investigate.
“This is a factory that was more than 90 per cent completed. Instead of completing it, the governor said he wanted to investigate it. Today, the factory is abandoned. We intend to change all; the economy of our state must be diversified.