By Ifeoma Ofurum
Imo State House of Assembly has directed the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) to come and present its plan of action on the development of a piece of land given to them for factory building along Okigwe express way in Okigwe LGA of the state or have the land revoked.
According to the chief sponsor of a motion to that effect, Hon. Uju Onwudiwe, member representing Njaba, the piece of land measuring up to 330 plots was given to NBC by Imo State Government for the purpose of building an ultra modern bottling plant which is capable of providing employment for the citizens and generating revenue to the government but regretted that the land has remained fallow for more than a decade.
He further explained that the piece of land which was not sold to the company could be re-allocated to more serious and genuine investors or reverted to the indigenous owners for agricultural purposes.
Contributing, the member representing Onuimo, Hon. Chinedu Offor, advised that government should caution any other company that will like to invest in the state to avoid a repeat of such act which can instigate government to revoke the land.
Meanwhile the Bill to ban marketing, sale and consumption of local gin popularly known as ‘Kai kai, and related products without NAFDAC number by Hon. Ikechukwu Amaku, member representing Ideato South, has passed its second reading.
According to him the essence of the bill is to prevent health hazards on unsuspecting consumers. He added that more than 35 lives have been lost in Bayelsa state. He said it is their duty to protect lives and property of the masses.
He, however, enjoined anybody who wants to continue in the business to get NAFDAC number for safety.
The speaker, Hon Acho Ihim, who presided over the meeting, therefore, referred the bill to the committee on health matters for further deliberation which will be presented to the house on the 27th August 2015.