Abia government to revive Aba textile mills
Production activities would restart soon at the Abia Textile Mills which was closed in 2000, putting over 3000 workers in the labour market.
The Abia State governor, Theodore Ahamefule Orji said his administration's desire to revive all moribund industries in the state in order to create job and reduce criminality will start with the Abia mills.
Speaking while inaugurating an advisory committee on reactivation of the mills, Mr Orji said the re-activation of the moribund industries across the state will encourage enterprise and send a multiplier effect on the state economy.
The shutdown of the textile mill, which was the highest single employer in Abia State, had swelled the number of the unemployed, several of whom took to Okada riding in a bid to make ends meet.
Mr Orji said the revival of the factory will help the town bounce back to what it used to be, saying even if his government was not able to complete the re-activation, subsequent governments would start from where it stopped.
"Since security has been achieved, there would be no reason for excuses as to why the companies that left the city during that dark period could not return and recommence operation," he said, adding that the committee on Golden Guinea Breweries was also working hard to see to its revival.
The chairman of the committee, Godswill Osuala, said the re-activation of the industry would create employment for the masses and enhance industrial development.
He promised an early completion of the project handed to his committee.