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Relocate or I sanction you, Governor Elechi declares war on Abakaliki Rice millers

Okechukwu Onuegbu
Filed in Politics by lecturerdave on July 5, 2013 • 0 CommentsThe governor of Ebonyi state, Chief Martin Elechi has given final
warning to Abakaliki rice mill owners to relocate to new site or face sanction.

The governor who made this known in a media chat with journalists in
Abakaliki lamented that the rice mill owners dragged state government
to court, and declared emphatically that the millers must move away
before he (Elechi) will leaves office in 2015.

He recalled that when he came on board in 2007, he (Elechi) had vision
and plans to remodel the state capital and as such ordered for
immediate relocation of quarry stone crushers and timber dealers from
the city to outskirts of the state to enable him make the state
capital look very healthy like other states.

Elechi noted that others obeyed the instruction of the state
government and relocated but Rice mill owners refused to relocate like
others instead they took government to court.

It would be recalled that the Rice millers had last week accused the
4-man Committee set up by governor Elechi to take over the operations
of the Company of sponsoring thugs to beat up its staffers to purple.
The victims: Chidiebere Mbam Chijioke Nwode and Albert Oketa who
arecurrently receiving treatment at the Federal Teaching Hospital
Abakaliki, FETHA, were said to have been attacked when they insisted
on defending the leadership of Deacon Joseph Ununu, the elected
Chairman of the Company.

Meanwhile the face off between the Ebonyi State government and the
Rice mill owners started lasted year when Elechi wanted them to move
away to new site without compensation.

The chairman of the union Deacon Joseph Ununu, in reaction said they
are ready to move away but the state government must pay them
compensation or provide them with good accommodation at the new site
before they would relocate.

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