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Abia To Pass Bill On Standards Board, Mechanised Abattoir

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 4:33 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ben Duru  / Umuahia


The Abia State Government has sent a bill to the Abia State House of Assembly for the creation of the Abia State Standards Board, which is aimed at regulating finished goods and merchandise manufactured in the commercial city.

Also a mechanised abattoir has been approved to be constructed in the commercial city to replace the deplorable system currently in place for meat processing, and refrigerated tricycles have been ordered to be used in meat distribution to phase out the current unhygienic distribution method currently in use in the state and other parts of Nigeria.

Speaking with newsmen in Umuahia, a member of the Abia State Economic Advancement Team (ABEAT) Sam Hart disclosed that the administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was not leaving anything to chance in its bid to reposition the capital city and make her the envy of other commercial centres.

He said that minimum acceptable standards would be set for all categories of goods produced in Aba, so as to ensure that such goods can compete favourably with others from any part of the world.

“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has assured that every proposed action of our government will be subjected to thorough debates and impact review by our core team and implementation will only commence after all angles have been explored.” Hart said.

He added that an E-Mall would also be set up to display goods produced in Aba to the world so that prospective patrons could place their orders online and have those goods delivered to any location depending on quantity ordered and that it would be made to be fraud free in its entirety.

“Every project is infused with the elements of job-creation, economic development and long-term sustainability. At the moment, the monthly internally generated revenue profile of the State stands at an average of N350 Million. The immediate task of the Economic Team is to raise the IGR to N1.5 Billion within the next one year with less emphasis on new taxes and all the energy channelled towards plugging existing avenues of leakages.

“In furtherance of the leakage plugging agenda, the government has commenced an Integrated Payroll Verification System aimed at checking the menace of Ghost workers in Abia State. All tax collection has been ordered stopped with the exception of the Passenger Integrated Insurance Manifest Tax for long distance road travellers and the Infrastructure Development Levy until the system of collection of taxes is automated and harmonised.”