Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday 17th December, 2019 said technology transfer is the fulcrum on which sustainable development is hinged, as a result his led government will take the advantage of his relationship with the Chinese captains of industry, technocrats and manufacturers to assist in developing the State.
Umahi spoke at the Executive Council Chamber, Government House, Abakaliki, during a courtesy call on him by Chinese delegation led by Jiang Xia.
The Governor said that the Chinese technologies especially in areas like Tiles, Electricity, LED, Sanitary Wares will be used in the new Government House, Ecumenical Centre, the Abakaliki Shopping Mall and College of Medicine”.
He said the government is working to bring in Chinese Nationals to the state to fast track the desired development through technology innovation.
He further explained that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the State Government and the Chinese manufacturers.
He said, “They have also agreed in assembling, manufacturing, processing firms in the State. The company producing solar lights, also produces Light Emitting Diodes, (LED), their lights are durable. They sold us the light we used in our street lights, and for over two years plus, the lights are there. They will decorate our facilities with their technology.”
Governor Umah also explained that about 60% of the new shopping mall he is building in Ebonyi State has been taking over by the Chinese companies for their showrooms, production and manufacturing.
“We also have the shoe manufacturing company from Chinese, they said they will start with sandals manufacturing.”
“We have also given the first year rent free to the Chinese companies, they have already taken over about 60% of the new shopping mall for their manufacturing and showroom.”
“We entered into partnership with them – if we buy anything from them, they must establish same company in Ebonyi. This is binding between us and this is why they are here today.”
Earlier in a remark, the leader of the delegation, Jiang Xia pledged their unalloyed commitments to the partnership with the Ebonyi State Government in the area of technology transfer to create a synergy for sustainable development of the State.