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28 Jul 2017

How Osinbajo Pulled Wike & Amaechi Together as He Commissioned the World's Biggest Fertiliser Plant (Photos)

For over a year, Governor Nyesom Wike and Chibuike Amaechi, his predecessor have never been seen together in public, but recently, the Acting President, Osinbajo made it possible for the two leader to unite once again.

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Today, I was in Port-Harcourt, Rivers first for the formal release ceremony to discharge IEPL from the mandatory monitoring programme of BPE

We earlier reported on Thursday, that the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, was on his way to Port Harcourt, to inaugurate the world’s biggest fertiliser plant built by Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals Limited in Eleme LGA of the state.
It was gathered that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, were seen together in public yesterday, with acting President who had visited the state to commission the world class fertilizer plant.
It was about a year ago since Wike and the Minister of Transportation, Amaechi were last seen together.
While speaking at the event, the acting president noted that the plant will produce 1.5 million metric tonnes of Urea per annum, adding that the development was a reflection of the success of the Federal Government’s privatisation programme.
Wike, Osinbajo & Amaechi in Rivers during commissioning of fertilizer plant
Vanguard reported that the acting President  also handed a certificate to the management of the fertilizer plant, formally discharging it from the mandatory five year monitoring programme of the Bureau of Public Enterprise, BPE.
He said that the Federal Government will continue to support the growth of the fertilizer plant, noting that it had also taken steps to encourage the needed atmosphere  for the growth of private businesses.
“The plant  commissioned  today (yesterday), I am told, is one of the largest in the world, designed to produce 1.5  million metric tonnes of Urea fertilizer per annum for domestic and foreign markets. I have been informed that Indorama will this year alone supply about 360,000 MT of Urea to Fertilizer blenders, who will in turn produce NPK fertilizer for the benefit of farmers across the country,”  he said.
He further charged management of the fertilizer plant not to compromise on best practices even though it had been discharged from the mandatory monitoring programme of BPE.
Chairman of the fertilizer firm, Mr Sri Prakash Lolua, said: “I am pleased to report that with the start-up of this plant, Nigeria is now more than self-sufficient in urea and has now become a net exporter of urea to the world. This enables Nigeria to save valuable foreign exchange on urea imports and receive foreign exchange from urea exports.”
Governor Nyesom Wike, in his remarks, assured that his administration will continue to support the fertilizer  plant, assuring that the state was conducive for investment.
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