COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING WITH ABIA STATE GOVERNOR AND COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS

In the drive for continuous stakeholders’ engagement, a townhall meeting of stakeholders of Ukwa East, Ukwa West and Ugwunagbo local government areas where the Enyimba Economic City is sited was held at Abia Governors Lodge in Aba on August 15, 2018.  This is a follow up to the 2 earlier meeting of similar nature at the Aba Sports Club on Friday April 7, 2017 and Rowmay Hotel, Aba on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

In attendance for the meeting were the Governor of Abia State, His Excellency, Victor Okezie Ikpeazu, Mr C Darl Uzu, the Managing Director of Enyimba Economic City Development Company Limited and over 150 key stakeholders. The Governor and Mr C Darl both reiterated that the city will be developed in line with the equator principle of world bank which requires compensation. They both added the development company (EECD) have gone over and beyond that requirement with plans to grant equity to the community holding in addition to payment of compensation.

The governor added that the compensation would help to boost the commitment of landowners who would be co-drivers of the project. He also urged the stakeholders to set up committees in their communities that would sensitize their people on the need to support the project, which is expected to create over 500,000 jobs for Abia people.

The Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Chief Uche Ihediwa, who was also in attendance said the ministry’s interaction with the 34 communities involved had reached advance stage. He said the ministry was halfway through its second visitation tour of the communities “preparatory to enumeration, valuation, compensation and commencement of construction”.

The representatives of Ukwa East, Chief Paul Taribo, and Ukwa West, Chief Mezie Nwaubani, as well as former Commissioner for sports, Chief Chinwe Nwanganga and former Commissioner for Women Affairs, Chinedu Brown, thanked the Governor and the Private Sector Developers for siting the project in the area while assuring the Governor of their unwavering support in the bid to make the project a reality.

The meeting was well attended and also had in attendance the traditional rulers of the communities as well as other community leaders.

It is also recalled that Enyimba Economic City Project appointed Community Liaison Officer one each for the 39 communities to engage with stakeholders at the community level.