Monday, September 1, 2003

Govt reads riot act to Karu residents on environment

Residents of Karu Local Government have been warned to desist from practices capable of turning the area into a ghetto.

The governor of Nasarawa Sate, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu handed down the warning at the official commissioning of Queens Paint Industries located at Mararaba.

According to him, Karu is to Abuja what Maryland is to Washington hence, the need to always keep the town clean.

Alhaji Adamu explained that given the proximity of Karu and Mararaba to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), most diplomats visiting the nationís capital for diplomatic transactions would visit places like Karu and Mararaba to feel the mood of the countryside.

"We donít want garbage on the streets. Visitors coming would like to see how the countryside looks like and how will they feel if there is filth everywhere," he added.

The governor who implored Igbo businessmen to feel at home and invest in the neighbouring towns said they should not be ashamed of being "pushed" out of Abuja by development authorities, but should rather, take advantage of the numerous investment opportunities in the state.

Meanwhile, in a move to encourage investment in the state, the governor publicly donated a vast piece of land to Queens Paints Industries for the construction of its factory complex.

Earlier, in a welcome address, the managing director and chairman of Queens Paints, Chief Chidi Oguabuike called on the federal government to take a giant step in encouraging small-scale industries to invest in various sectors of the economy.

He disclosed that his main aim of investing in the paint industry was to contribute his quota to the countryís housing needs.